Braga vs Spartak Moscow for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at Braga Municipal Stadium.
The home team comes to this new meeting this season as they try to reach an objective that last season completely eluded them with the early elimination in these qualifying rounds.
Although they will undoubtedly face one of their toughest opponents, a team that was just recently Russian champions.
The Portuguese team, who are now headed by Ricardo Sá Pinto, will arrive in the game at a good moment overall, and in the previous round, they easily dispatched the Brondby team, having won the tie 7-3 in two high-level matches by the Warriors of Minho.
As for the Spartak Moscow team, who will be holding their second round in this qualifying round of the Europa League group stage, starting this first leg away, they will enter this match after in the previous round has eliminated the Thun’s Swiss team for an aggregate of 5-3 in the tie.
The team, who continue to represent Russian football, will come to this match in a great moment of form and recent results, considering the 4 victories added in the last 4 games, in which they were also very assertive in offensive terms, with a total of 10 goals scored.
In a match where we will have a Braga team and a Spartak Moscow team that are following a very positive overall momentum, they have also performed very well in offensive terms and with many matches ending over (all games so far locals have had at least 3 goals, while the Russians are following a 4-game sequence with at least 3 goals scored), which should guarantee, in my view, some goals scored.
I believe while taking advantage of very favourable odds for the Russian team (in the sense that they give little credit to a win/draw by the visitors), in the sense that they are not a team inferior to Braga and are well capable, having quality for it, to win in Braga.