Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at Estadio Municipal de Braga pits together Sporting Braga and Hoffenheim, the two teams who are eager to make it to the Europa League knockout stages. Braga are three points clear of Hoffenheim in Group C ahead of their penultimate group game and seeing that they defeated the Bundesliga side at WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena earlier in the process, this has to go down as a must-win game for the visitors. Hoffenheim have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Os Minhotos when the two teams face each other in Braga on Thursday evening. However, seeing that Sporting Braga are on a three-game winning run at home in the Primeira Liga, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the German club. Seeing that Hoffenheim are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Abel Ferreira’s troops, we predict that the hosts will have a number of chances to score on the break.
Highligted Player (Nikola Vukcevic):
Nikola Vukcevic is yet another Montenegro footballer who plays for Braga as a midfielder. The 184-cm-tall player was born in Podgorica on 13 December, 1991. Vukcevic began his senior career at his hometown club Buducnost Podgorica and he was part of the team from 2010 to 2013. The Montenegro footballer scored four goals in 65 league appearances for the club. In 2013 he joined Braga as a free player and he initially played for the reserve team. After making 31 appearances for Braga B he made his debut for the first team against Vitoria, coming from the bench in the stoppage time. Speaking of his international career, Nikola Vukcevic made his Montenegro debut against Ghana on 5 March, 2014 in a friendly game. The Hrabri sokoli defeated the Black Stars back then. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he plays as a central midfielder and as attacking midfielder as well. Nikola’s contract with Braga expires on 30 June, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Hoffenheim):
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a German sport club from Hoffenheim in the Baden-Wurttemberg region. The football division played in season 2001/2002 for the first time in the Regionalliga Sud: the third highest football division in Germany. In 2007 the club managed to get to the 2. Bundesliga. One year later in 2007/2008 the club even managed to reach the 1. Bundesliga. Hoffenheim plays it’s home games in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena which was built in 1999. The venue holds a capacity of 32 000 and is one of the most modern stadiums in Germany. The club colours of Hoffenheim are blue and white. The most known nickname for the club is Hoffe. The most famous football player that played for Hoffenheim was Luiz Gustavo.