The UEFA Europa League betting action goes on Thursday, November 5, with Matchday 3 matchups including the marquee showdown between Leicester City and Braga at King Power Stadium in Leicester, UK.
The Foxes are listed as firm home favorites, but the Archbishops have been playing in an excellent form lately and will try their best to upset the odds against the heavyweight Premier League side.
Both these teams have won their first two games in the Europa League and will battle it out who’ll take the lead in Group G, so I’ve prepared the key betting tips and latest team news and stats along with the best betting pick for Thursday’s Leicester versus Braga showdown.
Leicester City vs. Braga
Three-way: 1: Leicester -133; X: +285 Draw; 2: Braga +375
Spread -1: Leicester +135; Braga -164
Total 2.5 Goals: Over -110; Under -110
Both Teams to Score: Yes -125; No -105
The Foxes beat Zorya 3-0 at home and AEK 2-1 on the road in their first two Europa League outings this season. Interestingly, five different players scored once each, while striker Kelechi Iheanacho tallied a couple of dishes.
Striker Jamie Vardy leads the way for the Foxes with eight goals in seven appearances in all competitions. Midfielders Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans netted three times each, while four guys combined for eight assists including right-back Timothy Castagne.
The Foxes are missing centre-back Caglar Soyuncu due to a muscle injury, but all other players are ready to go. Leicester will search for its fifth straight win Thursday night, coming off a convincing 4-1 road victory at Leeds in the English Premier League.
Leicester City won seven of its last 10 games along with three losses
Five of the Foxes’ last seven games produced three or more goals in total
Only one of the Foxes’ previous 13 home games saw both teams scoring
The Archbishops have been spectacular lately, riding a six-game win streak in all competitions. In the previous two rounds of the Europa League Group G, they outlasted AEK 3-0 at home and Zorya 2-1 on the road.
Striker Paulinho scored a couple of Europa League goals for Braga this season, while winger Galeno leads the way with three goals in seven outings in all competitions. Galeno is the team’s best assist-maker, too, adding three dishes to his tally.
The Archbishops have no injury worries ahead of Thursday’s game at King Power Stadium. They are coming off a 1-0 home win over Famalicao in the Portuguese Liga NOS this past Monday.
Braga won four of its last seven road games along with three losses
Four of Braga’s last six contests produced three or more goals in total
Two of Braga’s previous seven games saw both teams scoring
Braga has been one of the best Portuguese teams for years. The Archbishops have a lot of skillful players on their roster, but they are still the weaker side in this matchup.
On paper, the Foxes are a better team and I expect them to prove it on the field. Leicester loves to control the middle of the park and keep the ball in possession as much as possible, while the Foxes’ frontline should be too much for Braga’s defense.
The Foxes lost three of their previous four home games in all competitions. However, they kept the net intact in six of their last 12 showings at King Power Stadium. Leicester’s form has improved a lot over the last two weeks, so I’m backing them to put an end to Braga’s win streak.
Leicester and Braga have never met each other before. The winner of their first encounter will almost certainly clinch the spot in the Round of 32, while in case of a draw, they’ll remain tied at the top of the Group G standings.
The Pick: Leicester City to Win at -133