SC Braga vs Wolverhampton Prediction: Europa League Match on 28.11.2019
Braga and Wolverhampton will square off in a fight for the top of Group E of the Europa League in Portugal on Thursday at 18:55 CET.
The two teams are dominating their group and it only remains to see who will take the cake in the form of the first spot in the group. Braga are first with 10 points, still undefeated in Europe, as and Wolverhampton is right behind with nine points, suffering their only defeat to Braga at their own Molineux Stadium.
Braga stringed together three consecutive wins in three different competitions, beating Gil Vicente, Guimaraes, and Besiktas in the process. Their best goalscorer this season, Paulinho, is on form, having scored three goals in three last matches, making a difference for Ricardo Sa Pinto’s side.
A big turnaround
However, Paulinho and Braga are coming against a much different side than the one they beat in mid-September this year. The English side with a Portuguese flavor is on an eight-match undefeated streak in the Premier League, an unprecedented feat for the Wolves. Nuno Espirito Santo and his team beat Manchester City in the process behind Adama Traore’s inspiring performances.
Considering that they are standing at fifth in the domestic league competition, it’s now time to fully focus on Europe and winning the first spot in the group. The defensive part of the team is on point – Wolves conceded just two goals in four matches in Europa League this season.
Both teams are on a three-match win streak. However, Wolves are doing it in a considerably more difficult league against tougher opponents. The team’s primary striker, Raul Jimenez, turned up the gear and now he’s scoring constantly. The match circumstances will suit them, too. Lots of Portuguese players in the Wolverhampton squad mean that they will be happy to play in their home country.
Wolverhampton and an organized approach
An interesting tidbit about Wolverhampton is that they have one of the most organized helping staff, meaning that the players have their schedule planned in a minute before and after the travels in Europe. This proved to be true when they beat Manchester City just three days after playing and winning in Turkey against Besiktas. The players respect their commitments, leading to faster recovery times and the European effect isn’t taking the toll on the team as big as some might expect.
The visitors will be looking to get back to Braga for beating them on their own soil. Both teams are bursting with self-confidence. However, on their best day, it’s very hard to look past Nuno’s team who have a couple of star players such as Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez playing in top form recently.
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