Real Madrid vs Braga: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
On the back of a brutal 6-1 win, the away side enters Santiago Bernabéu
Real Madrid, the kings of the UEFA Champions League competition with 14 titles, lead Group C currently. After 3 games, that involved winning each one sees them collect 9 points on the table. However, they will be gutted with a 0-0 draw in their last game against Rayo Vallecano in LaLiga. Now they shift focus to the competition that seems like taking a stroll in their own backyard.
The Portuguese outfit SC Braga‘s last 9 games in all competitions include only a single defeat. The defeat however was inflicted upon them by their upcoming game opponents on matchday 3 of the UCL group game. The game was hosted in the Estádio Municipal de Braga, where Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid found a 2-1 win to take back home all three points.
Wednesday, 8 November 2023 at 8:00 PM UK
Thursday, 9 November 2023 at 1:30 AM IST
Location: Santiago Bernabéu
Real Madrid (in all competitions): D-W-W-D-W
Braga (in all competitions): W-D-D-L-W
Players to Watch
Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)
The 20-year-old Jude was presented with the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or ceremony last week. The Kopa Trophy is awarded to the best player under 21 years of age worldwide. In the Rayo Vallecano draw, Bellingham suffered a shoulder bruise in the first half but played the whole 90 minutes. The Los Blancos’s UCL top scorer with 3 goals should start.
Simon Banza (Braga)
The current Liga Portugal top scorer with 10 goals will surely cause trouble to the Madrid backline. In his last appearance against Portimonense S.C., Simon Banza bagged the match ball after scoring 3 goals. Although with only a UCL assist so far, Banza is yet to score in Europe’s first-tier competition this season.
- The hosts are on a 8 game undefeated run after losing to city rivals Atlético de Madrid 3-1 on 25 September
- After losing to Los Blancos, Portugal’s SC Braga faced two draws while their last game against Portimonense S.C. was a thumping 6-1 victory
- In their only-ever UCL meeting so far, Real Madrid edged out Braga 2-1 at the Estádio Municipal de Braga
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Injury & Team News
For the home side that will dress in their famous all-white kit, 3 players will be sidelined. The French defensive midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni is out with a broken toe. Former Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos has hamstring trouble. Éder Militão is still nursing his ACL injury that the defender suffered on 14 August. Arda Güler could make his UCL debut for Real Madrid.
After a 6-1 victory in Liga Portugal, SC Braga will be marching towards Santiago Bernabéu with relatively high confidence. Head coach Artur Jorge will once again seek the services of Simon Banza up front after his hattrick. Also, no injury or suspension concern will see Jorge have a fully fit squad available for selection.
Head to Head
Total Matches – 1
Real Madrid wins – 1
Braga wins – 0
Draws – 0
Real Madrid predicted lineup (4-3-1-2):
Kepa (GK); Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Camavinga, Modric; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius
Braga predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):
Matheus (GK); Mendes, Saatci, Niakate, Borja; Carvalho, Al-Musrati; Horta, Zalazar, Djalo; Banza
Match Prediction for Real Madrid vs Braga
The home side are ready to host SC Barga in a UCL contest for the first time on the back of a 0-0 draw with Rayo Vallecano. The away side in contrast pulled a 6-1 win last league game with their front man scoring a hattrick. But the Real Madrid last match draw shouldn’t fool anyone as they had many attempts but only couldn’t get the ball to cross the opposition’s goal line. With a 2-1 win already in the bag in the reverse fixture, Los Blancos might just do the double over Braga.
Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Braga
Telecast for Real Madrid vs Braga
India – Sony Sports Network
UK – TNT Sports
US – CBS, TUDN
Nigeria – Supersport
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