Spartak Moscow hosts Sporting Braga

Spartak Moscow hosts Sporting Braga in a second game from the Europa League playoffs between these two sides. The Portuguese team have an important advantage after the first match in Braga. Let’s take a look at this clash in our Europa League predictions.

How we said, Sporting Braga successfully gained advantage after the first match in Portugal. The game at Estadio Municipal de Braga ended with a 1-0 win for the home side. It was Ricardo Horta who scored the only goal in the match during the second half. He executed an assist from Joao Novais and put the ball behind Aleksandr Maximenko’s back.

This gives Sporting Braga a very important advantage before the second leg in the Russian capital. Braga are aware that even one goal scored at the Otkrytiye Arena could send them to the group stage.

In the same Spartak must attack with a lof of numbers, but also be careful in defense. Andre Schurrle and Ezequiel Ponce didn’t score in Braga, but most likely will lead their team’s attack on Thursday.

In their last game in the Russian Premier League Spartak achieved a win. Oleg Kononov’s boys travelled to Samara to face Krylya Sovetov and achieved a 2-1 win. The hosts opened the score in the end of the first half, but after the halftime break Spartak clinched the win with goals from Jordan Larsson Guus Til.

In the same time Sporting Braga made a draw in their last game in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. They faced Gil Vicente away from home and won a point after a 1-1 draw. Galeno opened the score for Braga, but the hosts equalised with a goal from Sandro Lima.

That’s our Europa League predictions for the playoff game between Spartak Moscow and Sporting Braga. It’s going to be interesting.