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Groningen and Sporting Braga face at Euroborg, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). In this match the home advantage may play an important role, as both teams present significant differences between home and away performances.

Analysis of Groningen

After 1 draw and 4 losses, the home team is currently in the 4th position, with 1 point won. In the last match, they have lost (2‑1) in an away match against Olympique Marseille, after in the previous round they have lost (0‑1) at home against Slovan Liberec. This is a team that is often stronger at home, with the help of its supporters, so they usually make good use of the home advantage, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the Eredivisie, they got an away tie against Roda JC by (0‑0). In the last 10 home matches Groningen has won 7 and lost 3.

In this competition, they haven’t won any of the last 5 matches. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 5 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 25 of the last 28 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. They have conceded the first goal in 6 of their 11 matches, and have only turned the score around in 1.

Groningen is already eliminated of the competition and is just playing his part in the last match, anyway they should not stop trying to win this final match. We expect that the manager Erwin van de Looi plays in his usual 4-3-3 formation which tries to explore the flanks to make crosses into the striker and captain of the team, Michael De Leew. Lindgren and Dino Islamovic are injured and won't play this match.

Confirmed Lineup: S. Padt, E. Reijnen, H. Hateboer, K. Larsen, A. Tamata, J. Kappelhof, S. Tibbling, A. Rusnák, H. Maduro, D. Hoesen, B. Linssen.
Coach: E. van de Looi.

Analysis of Sporting Braga

The away team is currently in the 1st position, with 12 points won, after 4 wins and 1 loss. In the penultimate round, they have lost an away match against Olympique Marseille by (1‑0). In the last round, they have won a home match against Slovan Liberec by (2‑1). 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 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 9 goals scored and 10 conceded; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 32 goals scored and 14 conceded. In their last match, for the Primeira Liga, they got an away tie against Moreirense by (0‑0). In the last 10 away matches Sporting Braga has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 15 of the last 29 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 21 out of 29 have ended with Under 2,5 goals.

Braga comes to this match after two league matches without a victory, so they should try to stop this bad moment and would certainly play offensively. Anyway, they are already qualified and only need a draw to secure the first place of the group. The manager Paulo Fonseca should use his normal formation but he won't be able to use Ricardo Ferreira who is suspended.

Confirmed Lineup: Matheus, André Pinto, Baiano, W. Boly, Marcelo Goiano, Rafa Silva, Luiz Carlos, N.S. Vukčević, Koka, Wilson Eduardo, Alan.
Coach: Paulo Fonseca.

Betting suggestion:

We are not expecting too many goals in this match. The match should be tight with Braga exercing a slight domination and creating the best chances. Furthermore, we suppose that Braga will prefer to put the game at a slow pace because they only need a draw to reach his objectives.

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UEFA Europa League - 2015/2016

  • 100% 475 / 475 Games

  • Home team wins 45.47%
  • Draws 24.63%
  • Away team wins 29.89%
  • Over 1.5 70.53%
  • Over 2.5 47.37%
  • Over 3.5 25.89%
  • Goals 1220
  • Goals /match 2.57
  • Goals /match home 1.49
  • Goals /match away 1.08
  • Both teams score 45.05%
  • Goals after 80' 17.21%
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