The Champions League - Group H - Shakhtar Donetsk - Braga
Ukrainian team lost only to Arsenal in this competition (5-1) and is leading in the table in group H. Now they need only one point to get to the next stages. I would be a historical moment for the club. When they loss, there is still a chance if Arsenal will not be able to beat Partizan today. But c'mon, nobody really believes in such outcome. The most possible scenario here is Arsenal beating Parizan easily and get through. Now, I see Shakhtar focused on the victory here and they will not try to play for a draw.
Braga on the other hand, started this competition in a terrible way, losing to Arsenal 6-0 and to Shakhtar at their own ground 0-3. Then won three next matches, beating Arsenal 2-0 at home. With this last precious win over English side they are back to the game. What is the task for them now to advance? They simply must beat Shakhtar 4-0! I really doubt in such a miracle here especially Shakhtar are playing great at home (nobody managed to beat them for two years). And now they are aware of the chance and will not lose it in my opinion.
Open game expected here because Braga have to attack - in fact they did it at home against Shakhtar, but left too much space and got three goals. Maybe total goals over 2.5 should be considered as a good bet.
Shakhtar positive approach to this game plus their motivation and will of victory means only convincing home win and nothing more as Braga is not playing great away from their own ground. Home team cannot calculate that they need only one point, they simply have to win. With all the potential and excellent home run I see them in the next round. Braga's attacking style here will cost them a lot. My call is 3-1. Good luck!
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