Qarabag will face Braga in Thursday night’s Europa League playoff second leg, hoping to seal the deal with a two-goal advantage.

Last week, in the first match, the Azerbaijani team beat their opponents 4-2 and are now well-positioned to go further in the tournament.

Top 3 marketsBest odds at bookmakers
Qarabag to win: ⚽2.90 at Bet9ja
Both teams to score: 🥅1.61 at 1xbet
Simon Banza to score anytime: ✅2.6 at Sportybet

Qarabag and Braga: Previous Games 

Within the last week, Qarabag stunned Sporting Braga in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League knockout round playoffs, winning 4-2. The Azerbaijani champions took full advantage of Braga’s many defensive weaknesses. The costumes added out to almost 5.00 xG. Thus, it was a relatively open game overall.

However, the tie is far from over. Despite their crushing home setback, Braga nevertheless entered this doubleheader as the favorite. In a 3-2 group stage victory against Union Berlin in Germany, the Portuguese side showed they can win big on the road in the UEFA Champions League.

In addition, Qarabag has shown weaknesses in their defense in their most recent home match. In the quarterfinal of the Azerbaijani Cup, they were defeated by Sabah 3-4. They played a 3-3 draw with the same opponent in the league match. However, with a fifteen-point lead over Sumqayit, the armies of Qurban Qurbanov became the undisputed rulers of Azerbaijani Premier Liqa.

Probable Qarabag Lineup

Lunyov; Silva, Mustafazada, Guseynov, Cafarguliyev; Romao, Jankovic; Andrade, Benzia, Zoubir; Juninho

Probable Braga Lineup

Matheus; Gomez, Niakate, Oliveira, Borja; Carvalho, Moutinho; Ruiz, Pizzi, Fernandes; Banza

Betting tips: Qarabag x Braga

Check out our predictions of the day for  Qarabag vs. Braga

Prediction 1: Qarabag x Braga / Qarabag to win

Qarabag is in a good position after winning the first leg, and they will feel even better about playing at home in front of their supporters. Meanwhile, Braga’s defensive woes and recent offensive failures persist. In our opinion, the host team should qualify on Thursday.

Prediction 2: Qarabag x Braga / Both teams to score

Both Qarabag and Braga have been struggling to keep things quiet at the back in recent weeks. The high-scoring first leg thus came as no surprise whatsoever. We expect a similar scenario this time around. Braga still possesses more quality in their ranks. They own the third-best attacking record in Portuguese Primeira Liga. Qarabag has not kept a clean sheet in seven straight matches across competitions. They allowed as many as nine goals in the last three outings. Since Braga has also conceded ten goals in the previous three games in all competitions, backing goals at both ends is the way to go. As we see the visitors as the favorites, we will shoot for both teams to score as our second pick.

Prediction 3: Qarabag x Braga / Simon Banza to score anytime

So far this season, Braga’s star player has been Simon Banza. The DR Congo international scored 15 goals in 16 games for Primeira Liga this season. He returned from the C.A.F. Africa Cup of Nations with two goals for Braga. Banza has much room to work against Qarabag’s porous defense, so we’re picking him to score at any moment.