Braga vs. Leicester City – Europa League, November 26, 2020

| November 24, 2020 9:54 am PDT

Before the international break, Leicester crushed Braga 4-0 at the King Power Stadium. The two sides face off in the reverse fixture on Thursday, November 26, with the Foxes travelling the Portugal.

Brendan Rodgers’ side sits top of Group G with a 100% record in this season’s Europa League, while Braga is three points behind in second place.

Keep reading to see my Braga vs. Leicester City prediction and betting pick.

Braga vs. Leicester City Odds

Braga to Win 3.15
The Draw 3.55
Leicester City to Win 2.15

Following the Foxes’ thrashing in the reverse fixture, it is hardly surprising that 10bet views Leicester (2.15) as the favorite to win on Thursday. However, the high odds for the away victory suggest that Braga (3.15) will give Rodgers’ men a run for their money.

The Portuguese side has made a seriously strong start to the 2020/21 campaign, so the result of their previous meeting with Leicester came as a big surprise.

Braga vs. Leicester City Preview

Leicester’s victory at the beginning of November put an end to Braga’s eye-catching six-game winning streak in all competitions. The Archbishops had won their first two Europa League matches and had also secured four straight victories in the Primeira Liga. But the team was quickly brought back down to earth.

The Foxes halted Braga’s winning run in emphatic fashion, although Carlos Carvahal’s men have wasted no time in getting back on track. Since Matchday 3, a league victory over Benfica and a cup win against Trofense mean the Archbishops have only lost one of their last nine outings.

Five straight Primeira Liga victories have kept Braga among the early frontrunners in Portugal’s top tier, with Sporting the only side above them in the table. Carvahal’s team is also in a strong position to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages, so it’s safe to say that Braga is enjoying a successful campaign.

The thrashing to Leicester will still be fresh in the memory, but Braga has plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into Thursday’s clash.

The Foxes were on an impressive run of their own before last weekend. Three Europa League victories and four EPL triumphs meant that Leicester had secured seven wins in a row, but Liverpool completely outclassed Rodgers’ side on Sunday.

The Reds were missing countless key players due to injury, yet Leicester lost 3-0 at Anfield. The team looked bereft of ideas, with in-form striker Jamie Vardy unable to make an impact on the game.

However, the Foxes remain just two points behind league-leader Tottenham in the EPL table, having won six of their opening nine league games this term. Rodgers will be hoping that the defeat to Liverpool was merely a minor blip, as his side aims to return to winning ways in midweek.

Let’s not forget that Leicester’s previous performance against Braga was hugely convincing.

Braga vs. Leicester City Pick

Pick
  • Leicester City to Win
    2.15

Following Sunday’s below-par display, Rodgers will be looking for a big response from his players in Portugal. I’m expecting Braga to put up a good fight, but I’m confident that Leicester will come out on top.

The Foxes have the chance to book their place in the Round of 32 and concentrate fully on their domestic commitments in the coming weeks. That is surely an opportunity they won’t want to miss.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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