Hoffenheim v Sporting Braga Betting Tips and Odds – 14/09/17

Hoffenheim v Sporting Braga Betting Tips and Odds – 14/09/17

Hoffenheim v Sporting Braga Betting Tips and Odds

In our Hoffenheim v Sporting Braga betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Julian Nagelsmann will want to keep up his Hoffenheim side’s momentum on Thursday evening, as they take on Abel Ferreira’s Sporting Braga at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Group C couldn’t open up any better, as Hoffenheim and Sporting Braga are very easily the two most exciting sides in the respective group, with a strong likelihood that they’ll both make it through to the next stage of the competition. Hoffenheim have looked similar to last season, where their valiant efforts in the Bundesliga had them eventually finishing at a more than reputable fourth place. Sporting Braga haven’t been anywhere near their usual aspirations, leaving them stuck at ninth with just two wins from five games. These sides have previously never faced in any competitive environment but they’ll both be up for the battle with them being stronger than the other two in the group.

Hoffenheim need to make progress in the Europa League after losing to Liverpool in the Champions League play-off

Julian Nagelsmann did the impossible in the Bundesliga last season

Nobody can doubt the incredible talent that is thirty-year-old manager Julian Nagelsmann, who defied the odds in achieving a fourth place finish for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga last season. He went through some utterly incredible results, where he made the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena into a fully fledged fortress, even in the eyes of regular German champions Bayern Munich, who failed to score there and fell to a devastating 1-0 defeat. Although they didn’t get off the best start in this attempt to continue onto more of the same, their last game had them defeating Bayern Munich yet again, coming out on top by two goals to nil to even beat last season’s fantastic three-pointer, prompting more excitement around the club.

They kicked off their season with a narrow victory over Werder Bremen before drawing 2-2 away to Bayer Leverkusen. Those results gave some hint of things yet to come but weren’t the best methods of building up excitement. Any shortcomings were certainly made up in their last game though, as even the best sides in world football would gloat after defeating Bayern Munich. Julian Nagelsmann has had to make up for the departures of Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Sule, who formed an important spine in the team’s gameplan, only to depart to Bayern Munich for a hefty sum of money. It seems as if Nagelsmann can make the best of almost any situation though, as even with a limited squad, they’re outshining all other sides in Germany.

Marko Uth enjoyed an incredible brace against Bayern Munich

Braga have sunk down the table ever since finishing fourth in 2015

Working as one of those promising but dangerously inconsistent teams that are hard to back, Sporting Braga are still finding their feet after gaining an impressive fourth place finish back in 2015. They’ve never been able to get so high, reaching the same place in the next attempt to show some all-important stability before dropping down a place in the last term. Although things have looked mostly positive and they always manage to remain in that top six place, there’s never any sign that they can push any higher, leaving fans of the club increasingly annoyed as the years roll on, not helped by Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Porto all standing out as the best three clubs in Portugal, with others following suit to join them.

The current campaign is where Sporting Braga have seen an upsetting drop in the intensity which has normally had them at least fighting to remain in the top six. It wasn’t the best way to start off the season by taking on Benfica away from home and it ended in the expected way, as Braga lost by three goals to one. They were then able to get a double defeat over Portimonense and Desportivo Aves but have had no luck since, losing to Porto and Vitoria Setubal. No attacking figure has stood out as prolific goalscorer or even contributor, leaving a defender as their most influential player in the final third. This has meant that there’s been a major issue with getting goals, not helped by usual scorer Rui Fonte going out on loan to Fulham.

Defender Ricardo Esgaio has surprisingly been Braga’s most attacking player

Odds

If you want to back Hoffenheim to get an expected win at home, they’re priced up at 2/5 on SkyBet. If you think a draw is possible between these two European sides, odds of 19/5 are available on BetVictor. If you’d rather go for a more outside victory for Sporting Braga, odds of 8/1 are available on PaddyPower.

Recommended Bets:

Hoffenheim to win (Best priced at 2/5 on SkyBet) – BET HERE

A goal in both halves (Best priced at 7/10 on BetVictor) – BET HERE

Marko Uth to score anytime (Best priced at 7/5 on PaddyPower) – BET HERE

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