Sporting Braga vs Olympique Marseille
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Braga (Braga).
Even though Sporting Braga represented a threat for Marseille’s Europa League ambitions, the French outfit has secured a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Stade Velodrome and they will travel to Portugal with a massive advantage ahead of the rematch at Estadio Municipal de Braga.
The hosts now need a miracle to shift things around in this tie. We’d even say it is a mission impossible for Abel Ferreira and his men given that the Phocians have a super strong firepower on display and keeping a clean sheet against them is quite a remarkable task for most teams in the competition, not to say Braga.
The Archbishops will, however, come into the game in high spirits after demolishing Vitoria Guimaraes in Sunday’s Primeira Liga action. The 0-5 victory will clearly serve as massive confidence-booster for Abel Ferreira’s squad, particularly if we know that both of his stars in the final third (Dyego Sousa and Koka) were on target.
Given that Marseille’s defensive line has been anything but meticulous on travels in this term of Ligue 1, we have reasons to expect the hosts thriving in the final third here. However, we also do expect to see Rudi Garcia’s men on the scoresheet as well knowing that Marseille have notched at least two goals in each of last five matches away from Velodrome across competitions.
Sporting Braga vs Olympique Marseille: Head-to-head
The two teams played each other two years ago in the same competitions (group stages) when each of them clinched wins in front of the home crowd.
This means that Marseille lead the H2H tie by two wins to one after last Thursday’s victory.
Sporting Braga vs Olympique Marseille: Prediction
The visitors have done most of the job in the first leg and there should be no doubts about the last 16 round participant from this tie.
However, we do expect Braga to fix the impression from the first leg and get the win in front of the home fans here.
This just has to be an open contest and backing Over 2.50 goals FT is a must at the odds of 1.90.