Crvena zvezda - Braga

UEFA Europa League
Under / Over
Pick: Under 2.5
Odds: 1.66
Stake: 1

Match date: 16/09/2021

Europa League - Group stage, R1

In the Serbian capital Crvena zvezda is welcoming the Portuguese team Braga.

The venue: Rajko Mitic stadium 

The odds on the home win are slightly dropping and really Crvena zvezda could win this. Playing at home in front of usually full crowd (similar should be now) was always big advantage for them, huge wind in the back from the stands. Many much more known teams were losing here. But something tells me it's better to go with totals this time. I mean on Under. 

I don't like Zvezda too much under coach Dejan Stankovic. Great player he was but as a coach I feel he needs to learn much more. Especially was visible some downtrend in their game after his last season first assistant Milos Milojevic has left the team and went to Swedish Hammarby. 

The first attacking option, Milan Pavkov is injured and isn't able to play. This is big problem if you ask me. Very often Pavkov was the guy who was bringing victories in games like this. Liverpool remembers him the best cause exactly Pavkov has scored both goals in 2:0 victory here over 'The Reds' in the season when the Jurgen Klopp's team has won the Champions League. 

So the host need to go back to French player Lois Diony who didn't prove to be good enough and till recently there were rumors he is going to leave. Or the Dutch guy Richairo Živković could get the chance but he signed just recently and isn't in too good shape.  

Possible starting line up:

Borjan - Gobeljić, Dragović, Degenek, Rodić - Sanogo, Kanga - Ben, Katai, Ivanić - Diony. 

Crvena zvezda in convincing manner has eliminated Romanian Cluj in the final qualifying round but don't be tricked by that. Romanian team was in big problems back then related in connection between players and head coach as well head coach and some club officials as well owner himself. After they have lost from Crvena zvezda at home, we could see some of the club officials in boxing fight and all that in front of cameras. 

The bottom line about this, Braga in my opinion is way more serious opponent. 

The Portuguese team is going to play the first European game for this season cause they have earned direct visa for the Europa League group stage. But they have played five rounds in the Portuguese league so we had chance to see them in action. So far 2-2-1 for them and with goal difference 6:4. So I would say their games are as usual, mainly tight and low scoring. The last two were both time scoreless draws.  

Braga has couple absent players as well. Those are midfielder Castro and defender Carmo but both of these two are in any case yet to play in this season.  

If I need to predict here the final score then I would say 1:0 or 1:1 maybe. 

LOST Score: 2:1 Profit: -1
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