Sporting Braga: the Minho warriors are looking to go through to the Europa League group stage after a disappointing last season in this competition,
where they were eliminated in the group stage. Braga is an experienced team in these European stages, mainly in these Europa League. This side has made some changes from last season, Battaglia and Xeka have left but they signed Ricardo Esgaio, Jefferson, Fábio Martins and some others.
On the pre-season, this Braga side hasn’t looked great, but however, on the 1st leg match, they did well in Sweden and were even superior during some moments of the match, despite being against a good team from the Swedish league, who has more pace and better physical condition.
For this match, Dyego Sousa and Vukcevic will already be available, while central defender Ricardo Ferreira is still missing due to an injury.
AIK: this Swedish team is having a pretty good season domestically, since they sit in 3rd place at the moment, but they have spent a lot of time on 2nd place so far.
The Swedes are a very compact team, a team that plays with their lines very close and tight defense, having the best defense in the whole league. Offensively however, they don’t score many goals and aren’t very clinical in their finishing.
AIK has already played two qualifying rounds for this Europa League where they eliminated KÍ from the Faroe Islands and Bosnia’s Zeljeznicar in two relatively easy ties.
AIK wasn’t a favorite for this round and in the 1st leg they weren’t able to beat the Portuguese team, with a 1-1 draw, in a reasonable result.
Braga vs AIK Pick:
Braga is returning to the Europa League with the intent of reaching the group stage and they honestly have all the pressure on their side for this match.
I believe they will start this match strong, controlling the game and trying to play in the opponent’s midfield. With their offensive quality, I’d say that they have the obligation to win this match, in order to raise their confidence and serve as motivation for this upcoming season.
For Braga, this qualification is really important and in this match, even playing against an opponent who is already with their season underway (better physical condition), I think they will go through. My pick is for the Minho’s Warriors to go through.