Leicester v Braga Preview And Betting Tips – Europa League Group Stage Three
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Leicester v Braga Preview And Betting Tips – Europa League Group Stage Three

Leicester continue their push for automatic qualification in the Europa League when they host Braga in group stage three on Thursday night. The hosts will be full of confidence coming into this one after four straight wins in all competitions, including a 4-1 win over Leeds on Monday night, a result that moved them up to second in the Premier League table. Tipsters Form Labs guide you to where the value lies with their betting preview and tips for the game.



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Both sides enter this clash with some form and they share an identical record in Group G so far, each scoring five times and conceding once, as AEK Athens and Zorya remain pointless.

Leicester will be buoyed by their emphatic 4-1 dismantling of Leeds on Monday, leaving them just a point shy of league leaders Liverpool, while on the same night Braga took advantage of a second-half sending off hosting Famalicao to nick a sixth consecutive win since the start of October.

The Foxes are building up some steam of their own with four victories on the bounce, bagging 10 goals across this run, as only Mikel Arteta’s well-drilled Arsenal prevented them from scoring twice.

Clean sheets have been harder to come by though and they’ve recorded just two in their past nine games, with injuries playing a role as Timothy Castagne, Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Wilfried Ndidi and Daniel Amartey have all spent time on the sidelines. Evans will face a late fitness test, but the rest of those players will definitely miss out here.

Brendan Rodgers’ side might be at their best on the counter attack but there’s an intensity to their performances that often lead to high-octane games.

They have plenty of options further forwards for Rodgers to call upon and with an international break around the corner, we wouldn’t expect talisman Jamie Vardy to be given a rest.

He played (and opened the scoring) on matchday two against AEK, having missed the clash with Zorya through a calf problem, while he’s netted eight times in seven appearances this season as only two sides (West Ham and Burnley) have kept him quiet.

Both Teams To Score

Braga’s late concession to Zorya on matchday two means that both teams have scored in 14 of their 16 Europa league outings since 2018/19. That includes seven of the last nine, with this latter sample all in games from the group stage onwards, as eight of these featured at least three goals.

Moreover, 13 of their last 18 road trips across all competitions have seen both teams find the net, so there’s good reason to think this one will go the same way.

Both Leicester and Braga have had to contend with a game every three days or so there shouldn’t be any particular disadvantage for either team.

Although Leicester look in really good shape, and despite Brendan Rodgers’ history of putting together winning runs, we wouldn’t want to get involved in the match outcome at the prices.

Braga’s own good form is too easily overlooked, while it’s worth noting they beat the likes of Besiktas and Wolves on their travels in Europe last term.

Both Teams To Score (Yes) At 4/5

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