FOLLOW CHAMPIONS-LEAGUE-FINAL

Braga v CFR Cluj Champions League Preview - Braga set for home victory

Braga's players celebrate after defeating Udinese during the Champions League play-off second-leg football match between Udinese and Sporting Braga on August 28, 2012 at the Friuli stadium in Udine. (credit: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/GettyImages)
Sporting Braga open up their 2012-13 Champions League with a home tie against CFR Cluj.

Watch & bet on football at Bet365 > live streaming > football

It is fair to say that both Sporting Braga and CFR Cluj will be fighting it for third place in Group H and a spot in the Europa League as they face Manchester United FC and Galatasaray in their other group games.

Sporting Braga ply their trade in the Portuguese Liga Sagres and earned qualification into Europe’s number one club competition with a third place finish behind Benfica and champions FC Porto.

Braga entered the tournament at the play-off stage and needed the lottery of penalties to ensure they made it through to the Group Stages.

They were held to a 1-1 draw on home soil against Italian side Udinese, before doing the same in the second leg. That meany penalties and Brag advanced with a 5-4 success.

Their opponents in week one are the Romanian Liga I champions CFR Cluj and they will just be happy to avoid ending this difficult group with zero points - but they may not succeed.

CFR Cluj have already played two rounds this season as they started in the third qualifying round against Liberec.

A 3-1 aggregate win over Liberec set them up against Basel and they managed a same score line over two legs to advance to the Group Stages.

Bet365 are offering odds of 15/2 that Braga take the spoils 2-1, while Cluj are on offer at 14/1 for a shock 1-0 triumph.

Braga are clear favourites at 8/15 to win this game and put pressure on United and Galatasaray if one of them loses, while CFR Cluj are available at 9/2 with the draw on offer at 10/3.
comments powered by Disqus

All Champions League Tips News

Recent Champions League Tips Articles

  • Napoli v Athletic Bilbao betting tips - Will Spain or Italy lose a Champions League hopeful?

    Either Spain or Italy will lose one of their Champions League contenders before the group stage this season with Napoli and Athletic Bilbao meeting in the play-off round. ...

  • Besiktas v Arsenal FC betting tips - Gunners on target for Champions League group stage

    Arsenal travel to Turkey in the Champions League play-off round for the second consecutive season - and are hot favourites to reach the group stage at the expense of Besiktas. ...

  • Our 19/2 Champions League accumulator for Wednesday

    The third qualifying round of the 2014-15 Champions League is completed on Wednesday – and we have selected an accumulator from the 11 matches taking place in the competition that pays almost 10/1. ...

  • Malmo FF v Sparta Prague Live stream & betting tips - Visitors to complete job in Sweden

    A 4-2 home leg victory has put the Czech champions firmly in the driving seat of this Champions League qualifier and the visitors should complete the job in Sweden....

  • Besiktas v Feyenoord Live stream & betting tips

    The Turks claimed a vital 2-1 win in last week’s first-leg and should be confident about completing the job on home soil. However, the Dutch visitors will still retain hopes of progressing to the next phase. ...

  • Zenit St Petersburg v AEL Limassol Live stream & bet tips - hosts to make amends for last week's loss

    Last week’s 1-0 victory in Cyprus has given the visitors a genuine chance of progression but the Russians giants will have something to say about that....

  • Panathinaikos v Standard Liege betting tips - Belgians to make Champions League progress

    Standard Liege can atone for being held 0-0 at home by Panathinaikos in the first leg by still making it through to the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League. ...

  • BATE Borisov v Debrecen betting tips - Hungarians to clinch Champions League progress

    BATE Borisov could be facing a surprise UEFA Champions League exit when they face Debrecen in their third qualifying round second-leg match on Tuesday. ...

  • Celtic FC v Legia Warsaw betting tips - No Champions League group stage for Scots this time

    Celtic look to have left themselves with too much to do to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive when they host Legia Warsaw on Wednesday. ...

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Why Chelsea FC will be the top English club in the UEFA Champions League this season

    Chelsea are the English team with the best chance of winning the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League – and this could even be their season to lift the trophy for the second time in four years. ...

  • UEFA Champions League 2014/2015 Schedule & Fixtures

    Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the group stage of the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League as they bid to become the first club for 25 years to retain the trophy. ...

  • UEFA Champions League 2014/2015 Schedule & Fixtures

    Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the group stage of the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League as they bid to become the first club for 25 years to retain the trophy. ...

  • Arsenal FC v Besiktas betting - Money back at Paddy Power if Gunners fail to qualify

    Arsenal take on Besiktas in the second leg of their Champions League play-off round tie at the Emirates Stadium tonight - and bookmaker Paddy Power will give money back if the Gunners miss out on reaching the group stage. ...

  • Athletic Bilbao v Napoli betting tips - Italian side to upset the odds

    Two of the stronger sides in the final Champions League qualifying round come together in this second leg match but only one can reach the group stages with the tie currently in the balance at 1-1....

  • Arsenal v Besiktas betting tips - Gunners to progress

    Arsenal are hoping to find a route to the Champions League group stages as they head into the second leg of their qualifying tie with Besiktas on level terms....

  • Wilde About Football column - Why I will be hoping Maribor knock out Celtic FC

    When Celtic face Maribor over two legs in the Champions League play-off round on August 20 and 26, I will most definitely be supporting the Slovenian club. ...

  • Lille v Porto betting tips - Les Dogues to take first leg lead

    French outfit Lille are set to go head to head with Portugual’s most decorated club FC Porto on Wednesday evening as they attempt to reach the Champions League group stages....

  • NK Maribor v Celtic FC betting tips - Hoops aim to make most of Champions League reprieve

    Celtic aim to capitalise upon a colossal stroke of good fortune by beating Maribor to reach the group stage of a Champions League campaign they had thought was over. ...

More Stories

Claim your free bets

  • £200bonus
    1.
    £200 Deposit Bonus + 100% Euro Soccer Bonus

    bet365 offer all new customers a £200 deposit bonus when they register a new account, while you can also enjoy bonuses on winning Champions League accumulator bets. You can earn a bonus of up to 100% on your returns if you place accumulators on the Premier League, Serie A, Primera Liga, Bundesliga 1 or Champions League.

  • £250bonus
    2.
    £250 free bets plus money back specials galore

    Paddy Power have £250 in free bets available when you register a new account with the Irish bookmaker, while you can enjoy money back specials on the big Champions League games.

  • £100bonus
    3.
    Use Promotion Code MAXCASH for £100 free

    Register with Ladbrokes using MAXCASH and you will qualify for a free matched £100 bet to get you started.

  • £10bonus
    4.
    Stan James £10 free bet

    Use the promotion code MAXIMUMBONUS to claim a free £10 bet on the Champions League right now! Stan James are one of the best bookmakers for football betting.

  • £Doublebonus
    5.
    Double your Odds at Betfred

    Betfred have an amazing new customer offer - register an account and they will double the odds of your very 1st bet regardless of what you bet on.

  • £20bonus
    6.
    Bet £5 get £20 free at Croal

    Coral are currently offering new customers the chance Bet £5 get £20 free at Coral when they register a new account and place a first qualifying bet. They have a first-class betting service for the Champions League including lots of enhanced doubles and trebles.

  • £50bonus
    7.
    Claim £50 free bets at BetVictor

    BetVictor are a fantastic bookmaker for football betting and regularly outperform competitors when it comes to their competitive odds. You can also enjoy £50 in free bets when you register a new account with this firm.

  • £25bonus
    8.
    Enjoy a 100% deposit bonus up to £25 in free bets

    Open a Unibet account today and you will get your first deposit matched up to £50. Play through your deposit once to use your bonus cash.

  • £30bonus
    9.
    Enjoy a free £30 bet at bwin

    bwin are the leading bookmaker when it comes to In-Play betting on football, with readers currently able to enjoy a free £30 bet on the action!

  • £50bonus
    10.
    Claim £50 in Champions League free bets

    Boylesports are offering you £50 in free bets for a limited time only! In the UK or Ireland? Text "MAX" to 51500 for a mobile only offer.

  • £88bonus
    11.
    Claim £88 in free bets

    888sport are offering new players up to £88 in free bets when they register a new account with this bookmaker.

Bookmakers

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Braga v CFR Cluj Champions League Preview - Braga set for home victory

Sporting Braga open up their 2012-13 Champions League with a home tie against CFR Cluj.

Read more »