WOL vs BRG Dream11: Wolverhampton Wanderers make a trip to Portugal to play S.C. Braga in the Europa League at Estádio Municipal de Braga, in Braga, Portugal knowing a draw will be enough to clinch a place in the knockout round.
Braga are leading the table in Group K having win three times in four games, and are already through to the next round. They are also the only unbeaten team in the group and come into this game averaging two goals per game in Europe this season. However, the Portuguese outfit knows that they need a point to finish the group as winners.
As mentioned above, a point will be enough here for the Wolves but the visitors will earn a berth in the last32 even after a defeat to Braga, provided Besiktas beat Slovan Bratislava in the other game in Group K.
Host: S.C. Braga
Visitors: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Competition: UEFA Europa League group stage
Match Venue: Estádio Municipal de Braga
Match Timing: Thursday 28, @11:25 PM
Braga have found the transition easy in Europe, but they are struggling in the domestic league campaign and need to do better to play in Europe next season. They have suffered four defeats and won only four games in the first 11 league games, and currently sit 9th on the points table.
As for Wolves, the comeback is well and truly on in the Premier League, following a slow start to the 2019-20 season. Nuno’s team is undefeated since a 0-1 home defeat against Braga in September, and that’s an 11-game stretch. Wolves recorded a 1-2 win on the road against Bournemouth in the Premier League at the weekend.
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Braga won the reverse fixture 0-1 back in September and are being seen as the favourite to do the double over their English opponents. The hosts are currently valued at 2.45 for the win, while a win for the Wolves is valued at 3.20. The draw (either a score draw or a stalemate) is the 2nd most expected result in this game and is currently valued at 3.00.
S.C. Braga to win: 2.45 (29/20), Probability to happen: 40.82%
Wolverhampton Wanderers to win: 3.20 (11/5), Probability to happen: 31.25%
Draw: 3.00 (2/1), Probability to happen: 33.33%
Braga team news: Raul Silva, Ahmed Hassan, Vitor Tormena and Tiago Sa will be missing the game for Braga. No other injury problems for the hosts.
Head coach Ricardo Sá Pinto is expected to go with the same playing 11 which started the game against Besiktas in round-4. That means Eduardo should be in goal, despite Matheus getting a run-in in the playing11.
Wilson Eduardo has scored seven goals this season, all from the bench, but he could be given a start here, with Ricardo Horta the most likely player to make way for him in the playing 11. Paulinho will lead the attack for the home team.
Wolves team news: Cente-back Willy Bolly remains out for the Wolves and won’t feature here. Ryan Bennett is nearing a return from a groin injury, but this game may have come too soon for him. Expect Bennett not to be involved here. Morgan Gibbs-White is a doubt and will be monitored before the game.
Rui Patricio will start in goal for the visitors, with Dedecker, Coady and Kilman formin the backline in front of him.
S.C. Braga: Matheus / Eduardo Carvalho (GK), Esgalo, Viana, Wallace, Sequeira, Fransergio, Palhinha; Galeno, A.Horta, R.Horta / Wilson Eduardo, Paulinho
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patricio (GK); Dendoncker, Coady, Kilman; Jonny, Saiss, Neves, Vinagre; Neto, Cutrone, Jimenez
Defenders: B Viana, N Sequeira, M Doherty
Midfielders: A Horta, J Moutinho, R Neves, L Dendoncker (VC)
Forwards: R Horta (C), J P Dias, D Jota
As we discussed above, the home team will start the game as favourites.