Braga vs Leicester Match Preview - Where to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time, Team News

Nov 25, 2020, 12:45 PM GMT
Kelechi Iheanacho
Leicester have been imperious in Europe this season | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images
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Leicester will look to seal qualification from their Europa League group on Thursday when they travel to Portugal to take on Braga.

The Foxes have won all three of their European fixtures this season, including a 4-0 drubbing of Braga a few weeks ago, and currently sit top of Group G knowing a win this time around will guarantee their place in the last 32 with two games to spare.

Braga will want to avoid getting into a scrap for second place, and so need a win big win to ease their troubles.

Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off? Thursday 26 November
What Time Is Kick Off? 17:55 (GMT)
Where Is it Played? Estadio Municipal de Braga
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport 1 (UK)
Referee? Daniele Orsata (ITA)

Team News

The Foxes could use this game as a way to give some of their injured squad members some useful minutes as they near a return to fitness. Defenders Timothy Castagne and midfielder Wilfred Ndidi are back in training and Brendan Rodgers will be keen to ease them back in. Ricardo Pereira featured for the Under-23s on Monday so could feature here too.

Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to continue his good form in the competition up front, while Cengiz Under and Hamza Choudhury should also start.

Braga will be without young defender David Carmo, who is suspended following an accumulation of yellow cards so far in the group stages. Midfielder Rui Fonte is expected to miss out with injury too, but other than that Braga are at full strength.

Predicted Lineups

Braga: Matheus; Esgaio, Viana, Silva, Sequeira; Medeiros, Musrati, Castro, Horta, Galeno; Paulinho

Leicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Evans, Fuchs, Justin; Choudhury, Praet; Albrighton, Under, Perez; Iheanacho

Leicester's predicted lineup
Leicester's predicted lineup

Recent Form

Braga come into this game having won seven of their last eight games in all competitions, with their only defeat coming in the reverse fixture to Leicester.

At home they're a much tougher outfit however, having lost just once this season there. They will be hopeful star striker Paulinho can arise from his recent slump in form after scoring twice for Portugal in the recent international break.

Leicester's six-game winning streak was halted emphatically at the weekend when an injury-hit Liverpool side swept them aside at Anfield. Wins over Arsenal, Leeds and Wolves have seen strong defensive performances and they'll hope to restore that normality in this clash.

Braga

Trofense 1-2 Braga (21/11)
Benfica 2-3 Braga (8/11)
Leicester 4-0 Braga (5/11)
Braga 1-0 Famalicao (2/11)
Zorya 1-2 Braga (29/10)

Leicester

Liverpool 3-0 Leicester (22/11)
Leicester 1-0 Wolves (8/11)
Leicester 4-0 Braga (5/11)
Leeds 1-4 Leicester (2/11)
AEK Athens 1-2 Leicester (29/10)

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Leicester thumped Braga in the reverse fixture earlier this month | OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

Prediction

After the first clash between these two sides earlier this month, it would be really easy to assume Leicester will walk to an easy victory once again.

Despite the 4-0 result, Braga are a much sterner test in their home ground and are coming into the game off back-to-back wins. Leicester will want to wrap qualification up as soon as possible to rest players in the next two midweeks during a tough schedule.

Leicester are still favourites despite Braga's good form and Rodgers has shown a tactical fluidity during his tenure at the club that proves they are flexible enough to adapt and win in tough situations.

It will be a close affair, but the strength and depth Leicester will have available to them off the substitutes bench should see them take the three points.

Prediction: Braga 1-2 Leicester

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