Braga vs AIK by RadoX
On this Thursday we have Europa League Qualifiers and the match analysis today will be the match between S.C Braga and AIK Stockholm.
After the first leg which ended with a 1-1 draw, its important to recognize whats in play for both of these teams, who have very different objectives in their domestic leagues and also in the European competitions.
On the first hand, we have a Braga with a fresh breath of air, as Abel Ferreira took the command in the last games of the previous season, doing a remarkable job (for example, winning on road against Sporting, of the best teams in the Portuguese domestic competition). In Portugal, Braga is considered the 4th "Big" of the country, behind Benfica, Porto and Sporting but last season they placed fifth behind Guimarães, their major rivals. Braga changed coaches 2 times last season.... With Abel Ferreira a new project comes to the club, as he is a young and at the same time a dreamer coach who is seen as charismatic by the players. Braga is also known for having good European seasons for 7 years, having participated in champions league and Europa league all these years, including a Final of Europa league lost to F.C Porto in 2010-11.
Throughout this summer, Braga was active in the market, buying Jefferson and Esgaio (from Sporting), Fransérgio and Dyego Souza (from Marítimo) and André Moreira (from Atlético Madrid) and they are very good players.
On the other side we have AIK Stockholm who is already playing competitive matches for some months. They stay 4th in domestic league at the moment. It is interesting from this side which is known by counting on their 12th player (public) to win matches and points, that their home performance this year is not the greatest at home, with 12 points in 9 matches. On the road, they achieved 16 points in 7 matches (!!!) and that must be taken into count. In the recent match, AIK lost at home to Kalmar (14th) and that can be explained for the rotated AIK side... But even though they rotated, it should not be hard for AIK to beat one of the worst teams playing on the road in the Swedish league.
Braga played the first leg as their first competitive match of the season, while AIK Stockholm already played 16 games just in Sweden's domestic league. Everyone was expecting that to be the crucial fact of the match but Braga proven to be up to the challenge and AIK Stockholm struggled at some moments of the match, and conceding an important goal in the first half.
For the second leg, I expect "Municipal de Braga", their stadium, to be full in order to support their team. Braga's stadium is considered one of the most difficult for the Portuguese teams, as the atmosphere gives their players extra power, concentration and will.
Braga cannot count on Marafona (goalkeeper) and Dyego Souza (Forward) but i expect them to present their best team in order to get the qualification.
AIK cannot count on Vrdoljak and will for sure present their best team. I expect them to play a defensive and counter attack style of football, which can be dangerous as Braga will focus on attacking and that can open space for AIK's side.
Abel Ferreira, Braga's coach, doesn't believe in "waiting for dreams to happen" and prefers to "create their own future and achieve their dreams". He also says he knows what AIK is capable of and with that Braga will play an attacking football in front of their own fans.
That being said, I expect Braga to win this match, easier or harder, and only a big surprise would see them being knocked out of the Europa League in this early in the competition. As it is my first tip in here, i will go with a not so big stake, as I'm going for a Home win.
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|Braga to win||Bet365||1.60||5||1-1 LOST (-5 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.