In the return leg of the Europa League 1/8 final at the Stade Louis II, Alexandre Golovin’s Monaco will try to beat Braga to a two-goal deficit, which was formed following the first leg in Portugal. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet login.
In an away encounter in the Europa League 1/8 finals, the Monegasques suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Braga and made it very difficult for them to reach the next stage. Spain’s Abel Ruiz netted the winning goal, and Portugal’s youth national team forward Vitor Oliveira sealed the win in the final minutes.
The defeat was the first for the Red and Whites in the current Europa League season – the Monegasques have not lost a single match in the group stage (3 wins, 3 losses) and with 12 points directly qualified to the 1/8 finals from 1st place in the B quartet.
Monaco have been in a playing crisis of late. In total, Philippe Clement’s team has won just 1 win in their previous 7 matches in all competitions (4 losses, 2 draws).
Last Sunday, the Red-Whites suffered a 0-1 away defeat at the hands of direct UEFA European Cup runners-up Strasbourg, and are relegated to 8th place in the Ligue 1 table (2, rus.). After 28 rounds of the French championship Monaco have 41 points (11 wins, 9 losses, 8 draws). They are now six points clear of the Top 5.
In Europa League, the Monegasque side have been successful at the home ground of Louis II – only 1 defeat in 9 previous meetings (6 wins, 3 draws). On the other hand, the Red and Whites have not scored more than 1 goal in 7 of their last 8 home matches in the continent’s second most important club competition. 12 of Monaco’s previous 15 home games in the Europa League have been draws, with under-putting taking place with enviable regularity.
Senegalese forward Krepin Diatta is still in the Senegal infirmary suffering a torn cruciate ligament in his knee.
On home soil, Carlos Carvalhal’s side scored two unanswered goals against Monaco and made a solid bid for the Europa League quarter-finals. On the other hand, Braga are currently missing the second most important club competition in the continent this season, losing 3 away games in 4 games. In their UEFA Champions League last 16 clash at home, the Red and Whites lost 0-2 to a modest Moldovan side Sheriff. The Portuguese managed to get through to the 1/8 finals only thanks to a penalty shoot-out at home – 2-0 (3-2 on penalties).
Last weekend, Braga lost 0-1 to direct rivals Gil Vicente in the domestic league, ending their four-match unbeaten run and allowing their opponents to reduce their deficit to a minimum. After 27 rounds of the domestic championship, Carvalhal’s charges are closing in on the top four with 46 points. The gap to third place has increased to 12 points.
In Europa League, the Red and Whites have been poor at home – they lost 4 of their previous 5 games. The Portuguese side have conceded at least 2 goals in 6 of their 7 previous away matches at the European tournament.
The match in Portugal was the first official meeting between the rivals in history. In July 2019, Braga and Monaco played a friendly that ended in a zero draw.
Monaco vs Braga match prediction
In the current Europa League season, the club from Portugal is showing unimpressive results on the road. We believe that at the Stade Louis II Monaco have all the chances to eliminate the gap of 2 goals and reach the quarterfinals. We propose to take a chance and place a bet on Monaco’s passage to the next stage. All the more so because the bookmakers rate such an option at decent odds.