With five points to their name after five matches, it’s fair to say that Basaksehir haven’t exactly set this group alight, but they’re still in a position to go through if they can find a win here. Braga, who currently top the group with ten points, aren’t the easiest side to pass but, since the visitors have already guaranteed their place in the next phase, the hosts might just fancy this. Having said that, Braga still need a point if they’re to top the group, so an interesting match-up lies ahead.
The bet that stands out ahead of this fixture is ‘Both Teams to Score’. When this pair met back in September, it was clear that both had enough about them to cause the other problems. What’s more, considering the hosts will be forced to go for it, an open game could unfold.
Having scored away in Braga, Basaksehir will almost definitely fancy their chances in this match. When the teams met first time around, the Turkish outfit proved themselves to be more than capable offensively. After all, scoring away at Braga, a team who’re known for making life tough on their own patch, is a more than respectable achievement. Add in the fact that Abdullah Avcı’s men kept their hopes alive by scoring twice away at Ludogorets last time out, and it’s easy to see them getting plenty of joy in this one. Against a Braga team who’ve already qualified, and thus have less reason to be cautious, the hosts should get plenty of joy going forward.
Though they’re fancied to cause their opposition problems, you would have to worry for the hosts from a defensive point of view. The first meeting between these two didn’t just showcase the fact that the Turks can do well going forward, but it also showed us that they’re anything but secure at the back. Having scored twice against this opponent on home soil, Braga will be eying up further goals here. The fact that Basaksehir need to push for the win might just go against them defensively. Often the Turks have been caught on the break – a fact that doesn’t exactly bode well ahead of a match against a Braga team who seem to enjoy playing on the break.
A secondary bet ahead of this one is ‘Fransergio to Score Anytime’. Braga’s midfielder has been an integral part of their success in Group C. With four goals to his name already, the Brazilian has proved to be a thorn in the side of each opponent in this group, especially on the break. In a game where attacking space will no doubt be afforded to by the hosts, Fransergio, having scored twice on match-day four, looks a good bet to continue his fine scoring form in this competition.
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