AIK vs Braga
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification – Third Round
Date: Thursday, 27th July 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Friends Arena, Stockholm.
Sporting Braga are aiming to reach the Europa League group stage for the third successive season. This has been a successful decade for the Portuguese team, who made two appearance at the Champions League and three at the Europa League. Braga were 2011/12 Europa League finalists, lost 1-0 to domestic rivals Porto.
Braga prepared for this important fixture with a number of warm up matches and ended with 3 wins and 2 draws.
AIK are looking to return to Europa League group stage since their only appearance in 2012/13. They were knocked out of the qualifiers at the third round in the previous three seasons.
The Swedes are unbeaten in this season’s qualifiers with 2 wins and 2 draws to their name. They won their home matches convincingly, while earning goal-less draws in the away leg. AIK are yet to conceded a goal in Europe this season.
AIK vs Braga: Head-to-head
This is the first meeting between AIK and Braga at the UEFA competitions.
Braga’s four previous meetings with Swedish club saw 1 win and 3 losses.
AIK vs Braga: Prediction
Braga are the higher ranked side and more successful in European competitions. But they must be vary of this AIK side, who bagged four consecutive clean sheets in the tournament. AIK had lost just 1 of their last 15 competitive games. Also, they are a team in better physical shape as the Swedish Alsvenskan is already in the mid-season. Therefore, we believe the Swedes can sprung a surprise here, especially with the match played at their home turf.
AIK vs Braga: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals for 1.48 odds is a banker.
The value is in backing AIK to win for 3.35 odds with Unibet.