In the Europa League, the round of 1/8 finals starts this time on Wednesday. But the tournament takes place mainly on Thursday, and most of the fixtures are scheduled to take place on that day. Among them, there is a curious clash between Braga and Monaco. Will Aleksandr Golovin and company be able to get a good result in Portugal? The readers of this website have a free prediction for the match on March 10, 2022. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet website.
Braga more likely to live up to predictions than surprise
The Archbishops have long had the status of ‘next after the grands’ in their native Portugal. Only Porto, Benfica and Sporting are ranked above them. Occasionally, they have managed to take a bronze medal or a cup, but even that is more the exception. Now, Carlos Carvalhal’s side are also sitting in 4th position, noticeably behind the Eagles, for all their problems – but ahead of everyone else in the Primera. The Europa League also produced a fairly predictable result: there, the team finished second in their group in the autumn. And in February, after managing to lose 0-2 to Sheriff in Tiraspol, Braga beat Vernidub’s team at home with the same score, and then eliminated the opponent on penalties.
Monaco are getting closer to failing the season
Monaco produced their first sensible result in years last season, climbing to 3rd place overall. They even earned the right to play in the Champions League qualifiers – but, after scoring against Shakhtar Donetsk in regulation time, they crashed out through a curious own-goal. At the same time, Golovin (who traditionally misses out a lot because of injuries) and the company in the domestic arena collapsed. Now there is a chance of maximum 5-6th place, and after the change of mentor, Kovacs for Clement, not much progress can be seen. On the contrary, the cup battle also ended in a penalty shoot-out loss to Nantes a week ago. In fact, the French are left with only the Europa League. There, they finish top of the table in the company of Sturm, PSV and Real Sociedad, giving them the right to start only from 1/8. But the opponents, although not the strongest, will be strong and experienced.
Both teams have not constantly, but quite often played in European competitions. That said, they have never crossed paths with each other at an official level. It was only in the summer of 2019 that they were 0-0 in a friendly.
It could be a struggle here, and a stubborn one at that. Experts have even made almost equal quotations for this meeting. But Braga should now help the factor of his field – bet on its victory with zero handicaps (odds – 1.89).