Braga have won their last two home games against Premier League opposition and the fact that Steven Gerrard has not travelled to Portugal makes 2/1 a big price that they beat Liverpool.
No reason has been given for the omission of the England midfielder from Liverpool’s travelling party, but he joins Fabio Aurelio on the sidelines.
Better news for Liverpool is that Andy Carroll is available to face Braga and is likely to play some part as he continues his recovery from a thigh problem.
Liverpool’s betting odds are 11/8 to beat Braga, although they have failed to win on each of their last six visits to Portugal.
However, Liverpool have remained unbeaten in all 12 of their European fixtures this season, including six games on their travels.
Liverpool have drawn their last four away games in Europe and therefore 9/4 seems a reasonable price that their clash with Braga ends all square.
Over/Under 2.5 goals
Undoubtedly the best bet available in Liverpool’s trip to Braga is that the game witnesses a maximum of two goals scored, which can be backed at 20/21.
Liverpool have not conceded a goal in their last three Europa League games and four of their last seven games in the tournament have ended goalless.
Meanwhile, Braga have won their last three European home games by the same 2-0 scoreline.
Liverpool’s ability to keep things tight in Europe this season has been one of the features of their performances and this could also make 11/2 overpriced that the match is level at half time, with Braga leading at the final whistle.
It is also 11/1 in the Europa League betting that Braga maintain their run of 2-0 home victories, while the goalless draw is another likely scoreline at 11/2.
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