Before the third round of the Champions League group stage, Braga will want to win two games in a row. In their most recent match, the Portuguese team trailed Union Berlin 2-0, but they prevailed thanks to a goal by Andre Castro in the fourth minute of injury time. Rebounding from their loss to Napoli, Braga now sits third in the group, but they should be happy with that. Braga has now matched their Champions League victory total from their 2012–13 campaign, in which they won one and lost five.
Real Madrid has won both of its games so far, against Union Berlin and Napoli, to continue their outstanding record in the competition. They are now undefeated. At 59.9%, Los Blancos have the highest win percentage of any team in the history of the European Cup and Champions League (minimum of 100 games played). Real Madrid is the team that has defeated the most teams in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, having won 285 of 476 games and 107 of those games against clubs.
The data that informs our forecasts for Braga vs. Real Madrid:
In eight of their previous ten games across all competitions, Braga has both scored and given up goals.
At least three goals have been scored in seven of the previous ten Braga games.
In their last three European matches against Portuguese teams, Real Madrid has emerged victorious in every instance.
Out of the eight Champions League matches, Braga has played just two.
In the past ten games, Real Madrid has won eight of them.
With two goals and one assist in the Champions League thus far, Jude Bellingham has been crucial for Real Madrid. In Real Madrid’s thrilling triumph over Union Berlin, the Englishman scored the game’s lone goal. Bellingham also contributed a goal and an assist in the team’s 3-1 victory over Napoli. Bellingham has now contributed to three separate Champions League goals and assists.
Team news for Braga vs. Real Madrid
For the hosts, Víctor Gómez and Ricardo Horta are both questionable, but Artur Jorge still has players like Bruma, Álvaro Djaló, and Simon Banza, who have all scored at least six goals this season. Real Madrid is still without Thibaut Courtois and Éder Militão for an extended period of time.
Head-to-head record between Braga and Real Madrid
This will be Braga and Real Madrid’s first encounter.