Panathinaikos pulled off the shock of the Champions League qualifiers so far, knocking out Marseille on penalties in the previous round.

They will be looking to follow that up and reach the group stages of the competition when they face Braga in the first leg of this qualifier.

Braga can be backed at 8/13 for the victory, while Panathinaikos are 4/1 outsiders, the draw is available at 12/5.

Braga v Panathinaikos Tips

  • Braga to win and both teams to score @ 3/1
  • Over 3.5 goals @ 11/4

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Braga went 4-0 up against Backa Topola inside 20 minutes last week and as a result manager Artur Jorge was able to rest many of his big hitters in the second half.

Juankar came off injured for Panathinaikos after 20 minutes against Marseille and it is unclear if he will be fit for this matchup.

Braga to win and both teams to score @ 3/1

Panathinaikos’ win over Marseille in the previous round of this competition was a major coup for the Greek side, getting the better of the French team on penalties in a dramatic second leg that saw them score in the 99th minute to send the game to extra time.

Such a draining tie a little over a week ago will undoubtedly have had an impact on the players however and they face another tough task against Braga.

The Portuguese side beat Serbian team Backa Topola comfortably in the third qualifying round, 7-1 on aggregate, and were 4-0 up within 20 minutes of the away leg.

Both teams have found the net in three of Braga’s four competitive games this season and that run is fancied to continue here.

Panathinaikos have netted in all four of their Champions League qualifiers and should have enough attacking talent to worry the hosts, they can get on the scoresheet.

However Braga are a team that prioritises goalscoring and they are fancied to come out on top in a high-scoring affair, meaning Panathinaikos may have to fight for their group stage spot in the reverse fixture.

Over 3.5 goals @ 11/4

Neither of these teams have been boring to follow this season, Panathinaikos’ four games have seen 12 goals, while Braga have been involved in even more high-scoring affairs.

The Portuguese side have played four competitive matches, which have seen 17 goals, an average of over four per game.

As a result, over 3.5 goals in this first leg could be overpriced with both teams fancied to play their part in what should be an entertaining affair

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