Hafnarfjordur – Braga: Preview & Prediction
With a different calendar from the great majority of European countries due to its strong winter, Iceland defines its participants in the continental tournaments sooner. Hafnarfjordur has earned the right to take part in the Champions League qualifying round with the title of Pepsideild, the Icelandic national league.
He completed his participation by reaching 43 points (12 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses) at the end of 22 days. Also due to the weather the tournament is shorter than in other countries. It opened four points in front of the Stjarnan.
As the country does not have a good place in the ranking of UEFA, the entity that commands European football and organizes the Champions League, needed to pass qualifying. He overcame Vikungur of the Faroe Islands in the first leg. After a 1-1 draw at home, he won 2-0 away from his dominions. However, in the sequence, did not resist the Maribor, of Slovenia. He lost 1-0 to Slovenian soil and saw the rival repeat the score in the return match. So he was ‘demoted’ to the playoffs of the Europa League.
While Portuguese rivals are still in the early stages of the season, Hafnarfjordur is already in the second half of the Icelandic Championship and has little chance of winning the title. With 24 points (six wins, six draws and two losses), he is in third place. Remaining eight days to the end, is six points behind the leader Valur.
In Iceland, only the champion has the right to play in the qualifiers for the Champions League. Who finishes in the second and third positions can fight for a place in the Europa League, but also have to go through the eliminatory stages.
The much weaker campaign compared to last year also reached the Iceland Cup. On Saturday, August 12, the Hafnarfjordur fell before the Vestmannaeyar. At the rival’s home, it took 1 to 0.
The current form of Braga
The 2016/2017 season of Braga, which follows the majority schedule in Europe, was below expectations. Usually winner of the title of ‘champion of the poor’ being beaten only by the big Benfica, Porto and Sporting in the Portuguese Championship, the club had to settle for fifth place. With 54 points, 15 victories, 9 draws and 10 defeats, he was beaten by Vitória de Guimarães, who reached 62 points to secure fourth place and a place in the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Last year, in the continental tournament, Braga also showed a handicap. He ended up still falling into the key stage. The failures made the board promote a cast reformulation by acquiring a series of reinforcements.
The team, still in training, made six friendlies in the preseason. He won three, drew two and lost one. In the Portuguese Championship, he played in two official matches. He won one and lost another. Defeat can be considered expected. In the debut, fell before the Benfica, in the stadium of Light, by 3 to 1. In the sequence, also did his homework. Scored 2 to 1 in Portimonense.
For the duel in Iceland, coach Abel Ferreira does not know if he can count on striker Wilson Eduardo. Injured, depends on a new evaluation of the medical department to see if it can be available.
Hafnarfjordur – Braga: Betting Tips
Braga win – Odds: 1.70
Over 2 goals – Odds: 1.75