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Topic: Sion vs Sporting Braga - UEFA Europa League 16th Finals 18/02/16 20:05  (Read 97 times)

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      Analysis: Sion vs Sporting Braga (18 February 2016)
      « Reply #1 on: February 16 2016, 09:06 »

      Sion and Sporting Braga meet at Stade de Tourbillon, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals). These two teams have never met before, so this will be the first head‑to‑head between them. In this match the home advantage may play an important role, since Sporting Braga presents significant differences between home and away performances.

      Analysis of Sion

      The home team got access to this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 2nd position of Group B, with 9 points won. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. They come to this match after a away win against Zürich by (0‑1). Sion has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3 of the last 10 home matches.

      Sion part comes for this match after a win achieved away home against Zurich, registering the second consecutive match without losing in official matches. In this match against Braga the coach Didier Tholot should opt for a more offensive strategy in order to gain advantage in this first leg. In some moments of the match the team must low the block and to explore the space in the Portuguese defensive line. The best scorer in the Swiss team is Konaté with 9 scored goals; however, he is in doubt for this match. Absents due to injury continue Karlen and Kouassi.

      Analysis of Braga

      The away team comes to this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 1st position of Group F, with 13 points won. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 18 goals scored and 8 conceded; against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 34 goals scored and 12 conceded. In their last match, for the Primeira Liga, they got an away win against Marítimo by (1‑3). In the last 10 away matches Sporting Braga has won 4, tied 5 and lost 1. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 17 of the last 30 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 22 out of 30 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In the last 15 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (76'‑90').

      Braga continues in a very positive moment of the season and, this time, they recorded nine consecutive matches without tasting the taste of defeat. In this match the coach Paulo Fonseca will operate in the usual 4-4-2 favoring the defensive organization and the counterattacks. It’s important to note that Hassan and Stoijiljkovic have 10 scored goals in their personal account. To this match the visiting coach won’t count on Marcelo Goiano, suspended, and Djavan, Crislan and Ringstad, injured.

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      The most likely scenario for this match will be Braga to score at least one goal. Taking into account the offensive quality demonstrated in recent matches by Braga, it’s expectable that they will take advantage of some defensive mistakes of Sion. So, even playing at home, Sion will have to score more than one goal if they aspire to win this match.


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