Real Madrid is the team to beat in this competition every single time, as they consistently show class in games. Braga, on the other hand, Braga is looking to make a mark in Europe’s elite competition.
Real Madrid may have lost their La Liga crown to Barcelona last season, but they are well prepared for this campaign and what it has to offer despite the exit of Karim Benzema.
Jude Bellingham has been a revelation for Los Blancos this season and is why they are still going strong, even in the face of several injuries to first-team members.
Real Madrid were involved in three consecutive away games while their home ground – Santiago Bernabéu- was being prepared for this season. It was a hat-trick of wins before they returned home.
Real Madrid got their season underway with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. Rodrygo got the opening goal, while summer signing Bellingham added the game’s second goal. A 3-1 win over Almeria was next to come.
Madrid came from a plane down courtesy of goals from Bellingham (brace) and Vinicius to claim a second win of the season. Bellingham was again the hero as Real Madrid picked up a gritty 1-0 win over Celta Vigo on the road.
Generally, Real Madrid, who still misses Thibaut Courtois due to injury, struggled for clean sheets in their opening games. That poor run continued against Getafe in their first game at the refurbished Bernabeu. However, goals from Joselu and Bellingham helped them secure another massive win to continue their spectacular start.
Madrid’s doggedness again showed in the game against Real Sociedad after they went a goal down, as the Spanish giants found a way again through Valverde and Joselu, while star forward Vinicius Junior was missing.
Madrid then beat Union Berlin in their UCL opener before Atletico Madrid gave them their first season defeat in the derby. Four consecutive wins – Las Palmas, Girona, Napoli, and Osasuna – kept Carlo Ancelotti’s men on the right track.
On the other hand, Braga has made a decent start to the Portuguese Liga this season after claiming five wins, one draw, and two defeats in their opening eight games.
In the Champions League, Braga defeated TSC in the first round of the qualifiers before edging Greek side Panathinaikos 3-1 in the playoffs to qualify for the group stages of Europe’s elite competition for the first time in a decade.
Braga, who claimed just a win in their three league games, suffered another defeat in their Champions League opener at home to Napoli. Despite a second-half performance worthy of at least a point, they were undone by a late goal from Sikou Niakate.
Following that run of poor results, Artur Jorge’s men have found their groove, and they took two massive wins against Boavista and Estrela to end September on a strong note.
That fighting spirit continued in October as the side came from two goals down to beat Union Berlin 3-2 in Germany before staging another comeback in the league against Rio Ave to secure a 2-1 win.
As expected, Real Madrid are the leaders of this group, while Braga and Napoli are trying to settle for the second position. However, a shock result could change the context of everything. By the way, Braga knows that they need to take a win against one of the top sides in the group to stand a chance of making it out of here.
Real Madrid are kings of this competition for a reason, and they find a way to beat teams like this. Based on form and pedigree, Real Madrid should win this easily.
The epic match at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid kicks off on Wednesday, 8th November, at 9 PM UK time, and it will be shown live on TNT Sports, with coverage starting from around 8 PM.
The UEFA Champions League is a unique competition, and Real Madrid is an exceptional team. The newly refurbished 83,168-capacity stadium in the Spanish capital is the place to be, and Braga fans should enjoy this one.
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Carlo Ancelotti is constantly rotating his squad and has done that with his midfielders this season. However, Kepa should remain between the sticks in the absence of Courtois, while Alaba and Rudiger are expected to start in the backline. Jude Bellingham, Vinicius, and Rodrygo could start in attack. Meanwhile, Éder Militão and Thibaut Courtois are ruled out until next year after both sustained respective ACL injuries.
- Real Madrid: Kepa; Vasquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos; Bellingham; Rodrigo, Vinicius.
Arthur Jorge’s side has few casualties, and the team is expected to line up as they have been doing all season. Victor Gomes and Ricardo Horta have some slight issues but could still play a part in this contest.
- SS Braga: Matheus; Gomez, Niakate, Saatci, Borja; Zalazar, Al Musarati, Djalo; Pizzi; Horta, Banza.
At the time of writing, Real Madrid has not fired blank in any competitive game this season, and they can’t be stopped. On the other hand, Braga also enjoys scoring and conceding goals in their games.
Regarding players who could get the goals, Jude Bellingham has already hit double digits for Real Madrid this season, and we have yet to reach the halfway mark.
Real Madrid have been strong at the Bernabeu in recent seasons, and they are overwhelming favourites to win this match.
- Real Madrid 3-0 SC Braga