İstanbul and Sporting Braga meet at Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage).
The home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 5 points won, after 1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against Hoffenheim, by (1-1). In the last match, they won in an away match against Ludogorets, by (1-2). In their last match, for the Süper Lig, they beat Osmanlıspor at home (1-0). In the last 10 home matches İstanbul has won 6, tied 3 and lost 1 of the last matches. The team has conceded goals in 4 of the last 5 matches, so they have not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 12 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 4 of their 9 goals between minutes (46′-60 ‘).
The Istanbul BB still dreams of qualifying for the next phase of the Europa League, but for this they need to beat the leader Braga, wait for the defeat of Ludogorets and still achieve a very favorable score to overcome the Bulgarians in the balance of goals. The home team is going through a great moment of form, as it is undefeated for nine games, coming from two consecutive victories. The last one was for the Turkish championship, which now occupies the leadership, having the second best defense of the competition. However, that is not repeated in the continental tournament, which has the second worst defense of Group C, in addition to the worst attack. The 4-2-3-1 has been the tactical formation of the club, which should have Visca as a reference in the offensive sector.
The away team is currently in the 1 st position of the league, with 10 points won, after 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Ludogorets, by (1-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Hoffenheim, by (3-1). The team comes to this match after a home win against Paços de Ferreira by (3-0). In the last 4 UEFA Champions League matches they played against Sporting Braga, they won 2 and drew 2.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 away matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in the last 9 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 9 matches for this competition. In 9 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 4.
The Braga is the only club in Group C already qualified for the next phase of the Europa League, but enters the field determined to maintain its leadership. The visiting club is going through a good phase and is motivated by three consecutive victories. The last one was given by the Portuguese championship, in a match in which he showed much superiority, having finished almost five times more than the opponent, beating Paços de Ferreira inside the home. Now, he occupies the fourth position in the national championship, standing out, above all, for his offensive power, which is also confirmed in the continental tournament, since he has the best attack of his group. It is likely that the coach will organize the team in the 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1, with highlight for the Brazilian Jefferson acting on the left side.
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