Hoffenheim were a good surprise last season in the Bundesliga, by finishing in 4th place.
Leipzig was the Bundesliga’s sensation, since they finished in 2nd place, but this Hoffenheim also plays very well and has had an excellent season.
This season, they failed to qualify for the Champions League, but they also got Liverpool on the draw, who besides being stronger this year, also has a very experienced manager, and a German one, who was familiar with the real value of Hoffenheim.
The Germans were off to a good start once again in the league, and they have 7 points, which puts them at the top of the table, sharing the leadership with Dortmund and Hannover.
On their last match, they “just” won 2-0 at home against Bayern München, which is a rare occasion, since Bayern rarely loses in the Bundesliga. Hoffenheim are on a great moment of form and they still haven’t resented being eliminated on the Champions’ League playoff.
Sporting Braga: The Portuguese have started off the league very poorly and it is certain that the team hasn’t worked well, which means things are starting to complicate for manager Abel Ferreira.
Braga doesn’t show much quality, considering the players they have, and although I recognize that some important players have left, I think nothing could justify the 9th place the team currently occupies in the Liga NOS, with the squad they have.
They have advanced the two Europa League qualifying rounds with a lot of troubles, and against teams well below their level. Braga arrives here after a 2-0 loss in Setúbal against Vitória, where they had a poor showing.
Hoffenheim vs Braga – Betting Tip and Prediction:
A lot of problems for this Braga who plays very little and that will face this German team at the best stage of the season.
Playing at home, in front of their fans and against a very discouraged team, I don’t see any way the Germans drop points here.
Of course, there aren’t two matches exactly the same, but Bayern weren’t able to get points of their trip to Hoffenheim and Braga is playing very poorly.
I see these Germans winning the match and I believe this is one of the safest best of this Europa League matchday. Hoffenheim will be too strong for this Braga, and that will make all the difference.
|Hoffenheim to win||