Braga vs Qarabag prediction and betting tips on February 15, 2024
In European competitions, not many representatives from Eastern Europe make it to the knockout stages. In the Champions League, there are no more Eastern European teams left, and even in the Europa League, their presence is limited. One exception is Qarabag, who kicks off the playoffs with a trip to Braga in Portugal. Do they stand a chance against the strongest team from Azerbaijan in Portugal? An exclusive prediction for this match on February 15, 2024, is available to the website audience.
Braga's performance this season looks fairly predictable
The Archbishops had a good footballing year previously when they managed to outperform Sporting and secure third place. This achievement earned them a return to the Champions League. After successfully navigating the qualifiers, they entered the group stage. However, there, the Portuguese not only lost to Real Madrid but also found themselves weaker than crisis-hit Napoli, only outperforming the debutant, Union Berlin. Moreover, in the Primeira Liga, Arthur Jorge's team slid back to their usual fourth place, which they must defend against challenges from Guimaraes. However, they compensated to some extent with a victory in the League Cup, narrowly winning against Estoril on penalties.
Qarabag will throw all their efforts into the European competition
Last year, the Stallions secured their tenth championship title and currently lead the table after the autumn part of the season, leaving no doubt that the gold will stay with them. Their priority will be the European tournament. This season, they once again failed to navigate the Champions League qualifiers. However, in the simpler Europa League, the representative from the Caucasus confidently took second place in their group, only trailing behind Bayer Leverkusen. Under Gurban Gurbanov's guidance, they will aim to give the Portuguese a tough challenge.
This will be the first time the Azerbaijani champions visit the Archbishops.
Free prediction for the Braga - Qarabag Match on February 15:
The Portuguese understand the challenging visit they face in the return leg – just consider the journey to and from Baku. Therefore, we bet on the hosts' victory with a handicap of "-1" (odds - 1.61).