Malmo vs Sporting Braga prediction 08/09/2022

Malmo FF

Malmo FF

0 : 2

Braga

Braga

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  • Date: 08/09/2022
  • Competition: Europa League
  • KO: 18:45 CET
  • Venue: Eleda Stadion (Malmö)

An on-form Sporting Braga travels to Sweden to take on Malmo at the Eleda Stadion as the Europa League Group Stages return on Thursday. 

Sharing Group D with Union Berlin and USG, a competitive-looking section should ensure both sides come into this opener with their eyes set firmly on claiming all 3 points.

Braga enters this fixture in superb form domestically, winning 4 and drawing 1 of their first 5 league matches with an impressive 18 goals scored and clean sheets kept in all 4 wins. In contrast, Malmo have won just 1 of their last 5 league matches, suffering 3 defeats in the process.

As such, considering both sides' recent form and past experience in this event, Braga is fancied to return home to Portugal with 3 points in the bag. However, poor away form in this competition last season suggests goals could be the preferred betting angle.

Malmo vs Sporting Braga Betting Tips: BTTS

Malmö defeated Sivasspor 5-1 on aggregate in their last Europa League qualifying tie. Having won the first leg 3-1 at home, they won the return leg 2-0 however they should expect a much stiffer contest against a Braga side flying high in the Portuguese top flight. 

Braga progressed to the quarter-finals of this competition last season, eventually bowing out to beaten finalists Rangers, and while they are experienced at this level, they have struggled in recent away EL matches, losing 5 of their last 7 with 14 goals conceded in those matches.

Malmo, having dumped Rangers out of CL qualifying last season, have since struggled in European competition, picking up just 1 point in the group stages of that tournament before a humiliating 3:0 aggregate loss to Zalgiris in this year´s qualifying event. However, their comfortable victory against Turks Sivasspor in the previous round of this event does suggest they have put those Champions League disappointments behind them. 

Ultimately, while Braga are certainly favourites to claim the win, their away record in this tournament over the past 12 months has not been great, with just 1 win in their last 7 on the road.

As such, BTTS looks a more attractive proposition with the visitors seeing that outcome in 6 of their last 8 away EL matches. In addition, Braga have only kept 2 clean sheets in their last 29 EL away matches since 2016, suggesting Malmo should have the quality to at least get on the score sheet. Indeed, 80% of Braga´s last 25 away EL matches saw BTTS, and those numbers would suggest there is definitely value in the BTTS pick here.

Malmo FF vs Braga Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. Malmo FF

    0 : 2

    Braga

    Europa League

Malmo FF

Malmo Team News

Having collected just 1 point from their previous 3 league outings, Head Coach Andreas Georgson could be tempted to make changes to his starting line-up. Eighteen-year-old Hugo Larsson is one such player pushing for a place in the starting XI. 

Georgson seems likely to stick with a 4-3-3 formation spearheaded by the in-form Isaac Thelin.

Last matches of Malmo FF

  1. Malmo FF

    0 : 0

    Hammarby

    Allsvenskan

  2. Helsingborg

    1 : 2

    Malmo FF

    Allsvenskan

  3. Union Saint-Gilloise

    3 : 2

    Malmo FF

    Europa League

  4. Malmo FF

    2 : 1

    Norrkoping

    Allsvenskan

  5. Malmo FF

    0 : 2

    Braga

    Europa League

Malmo FF lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 30

    Ismael Diawara

Defenders

  • 14

    Felix Beijmo

  • 24

    Lasse Nielsen

  • 21

    Dennis Hadžikadunić

  • 4

    Niklas Moisander

  • 13

    Martin Olsson

Midfielders

  • 7

    Erdal Rakip

  • 6

    Oscar Lewicki

  • 10

    Anders Christiansen

  • 32

    Jo Inge Berget

Forwards

  • 9

    Isaac Kiese Thelin

Braga

Sporting Braga Team News

New boss Artur Jorge will have been delighted by his side´s early season form, which sees them unbeaten with an impressive 18 goals scored in 5 matches. 

In-form forwards Vitor Oliveira and Steven Banza will likely start in attacking positions with creativity provided by the always dangerous Ricardo Horta.

Last matches of Braga

  1. Porto

    4 : 1

    Braga

    Liga Portugal

  2. Braga

    2 : 0

    Vizela

    Liga Portugal

  3. Braga

    1 : 0

    FC Union Berlin

    Europa League

  4. Rio Ave

    2 : 3

    Braga

    Liga Portugal

  5. Malmo FF

    0 : 2

    Braga

    Europa League

Braga lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 1

    Matheus

Defenders

  • 70

    Fabiano Silva

  • 15

    Paulo Oliveira

  • 24

    Bruno Rodrigues

  • 6

    Nuno Sequeira

Midfielders

  • 18

    Diego Lainez

  • 8

    Mutassim Al Musrati

  • 10

    André Horta

  • 21

    Ricardo Horta

Forwards

  • 9

    Abel Ruíz

  • 99

    Vítor Oliveira

Key Facts Malmo vs Sporting Braga

  1. Braga have seen BTTS in 20 of their last 25 away EL matches since 2017
  2. Malmo have seen BTTS in 2 of their last 3 EL matches this season
  3. Braga have won only 1 of their last 7 away EL matches
  4. Malmo have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 7 home European fixtures

Main prediction Malmo FF - Braga

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49% winrate

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4 wins in a row

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Malmo vs Sporting Braga - FAQ

? Malmo Player to Watch
Isaac Thelin - The much-travelled 30-year-old forward is in fine form, scoring 6 goals in his last 7 appearances.
? Sporting Braga Player to Watch
Simon Banza - The 26-year-old French attacker has enjoyed a brilliant start to the new season, scoring 5 goals in 5 Primeira Liga appearances.
? Where to watch?
This Europa League match can be viewed live on BT Sport.