Braga vs Wolves betting tips: UEFA Europa League match preview and predictions

Braga vs Wolves prediction: Braga 1-2 Wolves

The top two in Group K go head to head in Northern Portugal.

Both have had positive UEFA Europa League campaigns so far which leaves them on the brink of the knockout phase.

Who will qualify with a win?

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Braga vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Who will win?

As the home side, Braga are favourites at 7/5.

Wolves meanwhile are 2/1 to leave Estádio Municipal de Braga with all three points .

A draw is also 2/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 11/10.

Both teams to score is 8/11.

Wolves to win and both teams to score is 5/1.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates a goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United at Molineux on January 29, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Captain Wilson Eduardo has five goals to his name this season, two of which have come in Europe. He is 9/2 to open the scoring and 2/1 to add to his tally.

Wanderson Galeno meanwhile is their top scorer. He is 11/2 to score first and 12/5 to score anytime.

No Premier League player has scored more club goals than Raúl Jiménez this season (14). The Mexican is 4/1 to break the deadlock and 9/5 to score anytime.

Adama Traoré has also been in fine form. The Spaniard is 11/1 to score first and 9/2 to score in 90 minutes.

Both Eduardo and Paulinho to score is 9/1.

Both Galeno and Eduardo to score is 10/1.

Both Diogo Jota and Jiménez to score is 11/1.

Both João Moutinho and Matt Doherty to score is 110/1.

Braga vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Match preview

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BRAGA, PORTUGAL – MARCH 10: A general view of the Estadio Municipal de Braga on March 10, 2011 in Braga, Portugal. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It’s been a very positive Europa League campaign so far for Braga.

They overcame Brøndby and then Spartak Moscow in the qualification rounds to book their place in a UEFA group stage for the tenth time.

Then, on matchday one, Ricardo Horta scored the only goal of the game as they stunned everyone packed inside Molineux.

Then, a late own goal from Bruno Viana saw them only draw 2-2 with ŠK Slovan Bratislava at home.

However, they’ve since shot up to the top of the group with back to back wins over Beşiktaş.

First in Istanbul, Wilson Eduardo scored a late winner.

Then, on matchday four, Eduardo was on target again to supplement a brace from Paulinho in a 3-1 win.

That leaves Ricardo Sá Pinto’s top of Group K, unbeaten on ten points.

They need just one point from their remaining two fixtures to qualify.

However, domestically things are not going so well.

Despite beating Vitória de Guimarães 2-0 at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in their last Liga NOS match, they’re down in ninth.

Given that only the top five qualify for European competition, that is not good enough.

At the weekend, they did get a morale boosting victory in the Taça de Portugal.

Ricardo Horta scored the only goal of the game as they beat Gil Vicente 1-0 at home.

Back in Europe, everything is going right for them so will they secure top spot with a win here?

Will Wolves win away?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Patrick Cutrone of Wolves (L) and Willy Boly of Wolves celebrate victory after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

As for Wolverhampton Wanderers, despite that early wobble against Braga on matchday one, they’ve bounced back well are are now in a great position to qualify.

On matchday two, Willy Boly scored a 93rd minute winner as they beat Beşiktaş 1-0 in Turkey.

That was followed by narrow back to back victories over ŠK Slovan Bratislava.

First in Slovakia, two quick-fire goals from Romain Saïss and then Raúl Jiménez saw them come from a goal down to win.

Then, last time out, Jiménez scored a 92nd minute header which saw them win 1-0 at home.

That leaves Nuno Espírito Santo’s side on nine points, one below Braga but crucially five above Slovan Bratislava.

Thus, a point here would mean their first European campaign since 1980 will extend into the knockout phase.

Also in recent weeks, they’ve climbed up the Premier League table.

On Saturday, a fabulous free-kick from João Moutinho and then a smart finish from Jiménez saw them beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Dean Court.

That’s now back to back wins for Wolves and they’re actually unbeaten in eight league games.

That has seen them climb up to fifth, above Sheffield United, Burnley, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.

It’s been a great season for them so for so will their unbeaten form continue in Portugal?

Braga team news vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – MARCH 15: The logo of the UEFA Europa League is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund at the Red Bull Arena on March 15, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

Ricardo Sá Pinto’s squad is ravaged by injuries.

He did make a few changes for the weekend cup match but will be back at full strength here.

Matheus will come back in goal, displacing 37-year-old back-up Eduardo.

In defence, centre-backs Vítor Tormena and Raul Silva are both injured.

So, Wallace will continue alongside Bruno Viana.

Likewise, at full-back, Nuno Sequeira and Ricardo Esgaio are very much the first choice in those positions.

In midfield, captain Fransérgio and João Palhinha will start in the centre.

In-form André Horta will get the nod over João Novais further forward.

Wilson Eduardo and Ricardo Horta, who scored at Molineux, will start out-wide with Galeno on the bench.

Up front, they are without Egyptian international Ahmed Hassan, known as Kouka.

So, Paulinho will continue to lead the line in his absence.

Can the Archbishops defeat Wolves again?

Wolverhampton Wanderers team news vs Braga

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on December 21, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

As for Wolverhampton Wanderers, with qualification all but assured, Nuno Espírito Santo could continue to rotate his squad.

Rui Patrício will continue in goal; if they get a result here John Ruddy may well get a chance on matchday six.

In defence, captain Conor Coady, as always, will start.

However, Willy Boly is still out with an ankle injury.

So 22-year-old Max Kilman will come into the back three, joining Romain Saïss and displacing Leander Dendoncker.

Matt Doherty will keep his place at right wing-back.

Rúben Vinagre could come in for Jonny on the other side though.

Rúben Neves and João Moutinho will continue as the midfield duo.

They are two of eight Portuguese players in the Wolves squad who could feature on home soil.

Further forward, Pedro Neto will displace yet another Portuguese player Diogo Jota.

Morgan Gibbs-White is a doubt.

Adama Traoré will also be in the XI; he registered his sixth assist of the season at the weekend.

Up front, as always, will be top scorer Raúl Jiménez.

In 2019, for club and country, the Mexican international has scored in England, Northern Ireland, Armenia, Italy, Slovakia, America and Panama.

Will he add Portugal to that long list and send Wolves through to the knockout phase?

Predicted Braga line-up vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Predicted Braga line-up vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Predicted Braga line-up vs Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Predicted Wolverhampton Wanderers line-up vs Braga

Predicted Wolverhampton Wanderers line-up vs Braga

Predicted Wolverhampton Wanderers line-up vs Braga.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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