Sporting Braga and AEK Atenas meet at Estádio Municipal de Braga, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). These two teams have never met before, so this will be their first head-to-head meeting. In this match, the home factor may be decisive, as AEK Athens presents considerable differences in their results at home and away.
Sporting Braga :
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, as they did not have to play any of the qualifying rounds prior to this group stage. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 8 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses as a visitor, with 36 goals scored and 22 suffered; against 9 victories, 3 draws and 3 defeats in his stadium, with 26 goals scored and 15 suffered. The team comes to this match after a home win against Nacional by (2‑1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Sporting Braga won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, But their attack has scored regularly, having scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games.
Sporting Clube de Braga comes to this game motivated, after a 2×1 victory in the reception to Nacional, thus registering the second consecutive victory in official matches: the team’s goals were scored by Iuri Medeiros and Fransérgio. It is important to remember that Braga reached the Europa League phase as a result of the third position in the championship of their country. Most likely, coach Carlos Carvalhal will keep the team at 4-3-3, favoring the maintenance of possession of the ball and organized attacks: André Horta is the main organizer of the game, owning great quality of passing and vision of game. For this game, the local coach cannot count on Rui Fonte and Nico Gaitán, both with physical problems.
AEK Athens :
The away team comes to this group stage after having eliminated Wolfsburg, with a home win by (2‑1), at the end of extra time. This is a team that curiously has been stronger away than at home, since in the last 30 games they have registered 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; against 8 victories, 4 draws and 3 defeats in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a home draw with PAOK by (1‑1). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, AEK Athens won 6, drew 2 and lost 2.
AEK Athens comes to this match after a 1×1 draw with PAOK, thus adding the second consecutive match without a win in official matches: Karim Ansarifard scored the team’s only goal. Notably, the Greeks beat Wolfsburg in the Europa League play-offs. In this match against Braga, coach Massimo Carrera must maintain 3-4-3, with Marko Livaja, Muamer Tankovic and Karim Ansarifard being the forwards of the visiting team. It should be remembered that AEK Athens presents several difficulties in the most defensive sector. For this game the coach can count on all his players.