Zorya Luhansk and Sporting Braga meet at Slavutych ‑ Arena, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). In the last 3 years there is only a record of 2 direct confrontations between these two teams: one on 16‑08‑2018, which ended in a draw by (2‑2), and another more recent on 09‑08‑2018, which ended in a tie by (1‑1).
The home team comes to this 2nd round of Group G after a defeat in their debut in this group stage, against Leicester City, by (3‑0). In their last match, for the Premier League, they beat Rukh Vynnyky at home by (4‑0). In their last 10 home games Zorya Luhansk has recorded 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, But their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
Zorya Lugasnk come into this game after a 4×0 reception win over Rukh Vynnyky in a Ukraine championship match. It should be noted that the home team lost their first match of the Europa League group stage to Leicester, 3×0. In this game, coach Viktor Skripnik is expected to act as in the last game, that is, in 4-3-3, favoring the tactical organization and successive counterattacks on the flanks, exploring the space in the back of the player in the best way possible. rival. Vladyslav Kochergin is Zorya Lugasnk’s top scorer, with four goals. For this game the coach of the house cannot count on Zauri Makharadze, due to physical problems.
Sporting Braga :
The away team plays its second match in Group G, after having won (3‑0) in their first match in this group stage, against AEK Athens. The team comes to this match after a win away against Vitória Guimarães by (0‑1). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Sporting Braga won 4, drew 1 and lost 5. Their defense has not been very strong, since they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their attack has scored regularly as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In the last 4 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 5 of their 6 goals between minutes (16′ ‑ 30 ‘).
Braga comes to this game very motivated, after a great victory, by 0x1, in the visit to the stadium of the eternal rival Vitória SC: the only goal of the game was scored by Ricardo Esgaio. It should be noted that he started the Europa League on the right foot, beating AEK Athens 3×0. In this match at the Zorya stadium, coach Carlos Carvalhal must act in the usual 4-4-2, with Ricardo Horta and Paulinho being the most offensive references for the visiting team. On the other hand, Galeno is Braga’s top scorer this season, with 3 goals scored. Rui Fonte will be out of this game, due to injury.