Preview: Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Braga

Preview: Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Braga

Ludogorets Razgrad will be looking to avoid making some unwanted history on Thursday when they host Braga in the Europa League group stage.

The Bulgarian champions have lost five games in a row on home soil in the competition and could become just the third side to lose six on the spin after CSKA Sofia and Rosenborg.

Ludogorets’ most recent home European loss was at the hands of Red Star Belgrade three weeks ago, with Guelor Kanga scoring the only goal of the game in the second half.

That followed on from a 1-1 draw away at Midtjylland in their opening Group F match as Kiril Despodov struck to cancel out Gustav Isaksen’s early opener.

The one point accrued by the Eagles so far leaves them third, five points behind leaders Red Star and two points adrift of Braga in the preliminary qualifying spot.

Braga could therefore take a big step towards advancing to the next round on Thursday, but the Portuguese side do not tend to fare well on their travels in the Europa League.

The Archbishops have lost four of their last six away games in the competition, including defeat to Red Star in their opening group game this campaign.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men followed that up with a 3-1 victory against Midtjylland in the last round of fixtures, with Wanderson Galeno netting twice to inspire that comeback victory.

Braga played out a 1-1 draw on their only previous trip to Bulgaria and Carvalhal may well consider that a positive result here ahead of the sides meeting again in two weeks.

Ludogorets Razgrad Europa League form:
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We say: Ludogorets Razgrad 0-1 Braga
Ludogorets have a terrible home record in the Europa League, and we can see Braga becoming the latest side to come away from Huvepharma Arena with all three points.

The Portuguese visitors are not the highest scorers on their travels in Europe, but one goal should prove enough here.

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