Shakhtar Donetsk vs Braga
UEFA Europa League – Group Stage
Date: Thursday, 29th September, 2016,
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: Arena Lviv.
Shakthar Donetsk made a perfect start to their Europa League campaign by defeating Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir in the opening match of the Group H. Their overall form has been good since the start of this season as they are unbeaten in their last 10 competitive matches, with an impressive 9 wins during the period.
While Sporting Braga’s opening match saw them being held to a 1-1 draw at home by the Belgian outfit K.A.A Gent. The Portuguese club have played 8 matches in all competitions so far this season. They lost twice, both to Benfica in the Super Cup clash at the start of the season and in a league meeting a week ago. They had won 4 matches during the period and their only draw came in the Europa League clash against Gent.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Braga: Head-to-Head Stats
Shakhtar Donetsk have a 100% win record over Braga after winning in each of the four meetings in UEFA competitions. The latest was in the Quarter Finals of last season’s Europa League in which the Ukrainian side won 2-1 at Braga before finishing the tie off with a 4-0 win at home.
They also met during the group stages of 2010/11 Champions League where Shakthar won both legs without conceding. Also, Braga have failed to score in 3 of the 4 meetings against Shakthar.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Braga: Prediction
Shakthar are a team in fine form at the moment. They are having an excellent domestic season and have won in 9 of their last 10 matches in all competitions this season. They are a special force to reckon at home as they are unbeaten in 13 of the last 14 matches, with 11 of them being wins.
Braga are not in a bad form at all, but they have failed to fare against Shakthar in each of the last four meetings. The physiological advantage as well as the form and head-to-head record all favours the hosts to come out with a win from this tie. As seen from previous meetings between these two sides, the match could end in Shakthar winning this without conceding.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Braga: Bet Tips
- Shakthar to win at 1.50 (1/2)
- Over 1.5 goals for Shakthar at 1.50 (1/2).