S.C. Braga host FC Sion at the Estádio Municipal de Braga on Wednesday afternoon as the Portuguese outfit hope to hang on to their slender aggregate advantage.
S.C. Braga Betting News
S.C. Braga were the victors last week in Switzerland as they beat FC Sion 2-1 at the Stade Tourbillon.
The two away goals have provided S.C. Braga with a cushion ahead of their second-leg, but one they must not overplay.
Indeed, FC Sion showed much character in the match at the Estádio Municipal de Braga, despite the defeat.
Braga aren’t in the best of form however, or at least didn’t show it last weekend, playing out an end-to-end 3-3 draw at home to Vitoria S.C. which was illustrative of the poor defending in Portugal.
Braga are unbeaten in four games against Swiss sides (W2 D2 L0), including eliminating BSC Young Boys in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-offs.
Braga have won all three of their European home matches this season – all by a one-goal margin. Sion’s group stage away record was W1 D1 L1.
FC Sion Betting News
FC Sion are down, but not out. Moussa Konaté’s goal, which levelled the sore Sion early in the second half provides some hope that they can overturn the deficit.
Not only that, but with Braga without Nikola Vukčević who was sent off late on in the first-leg, all is not lost.
However, FC Sion did lost 3-0 away to Grasshoppers in the Swiss Super League last weekend, signalling toward some poor form ahead of Wednesday’s clash.
Sion lost 6-2 on aggregate to FC Porto in the 1992/93 European Champion Clubs’ Cup second round in their only previous tie against Portuguese opposition.
Sion are playing in the spring phase of a UEFA competition for the first time since losing to 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig in the 1986/87 European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.
S.C. Braga vs FC Sion Match Prediction
Wednesday’s match is the only Europa League game being played before all of the rest on Thursday, with all eyes on whether S.C. Braga will have enough to see out this tie on home turf.
Their ground, nicknamed ‘The Quarry’ is known for both it’s beautiful views, but also it’s great atmosphere. With such a visceral backing from the home fans the Portuguese side should have enough to win this match.