In the fourth round of the group stage of the Champions League, Real Madrid host Braga. This match will take place on November 8. In the current Champions League campaign, Los Blancos won all matches by one goal. Are we expecting another difficult performance for Ancelotti’s team?
Real Madrid are on a path to redeem their 15th Champions League title. Carlo Ancelotti’s side started convincingly, winning all three matches in the group stage. However, it should be noted that all results came with a minimum difference.
The draw against Rayo Vallecano raised plenty of questions. At the moment, Joselu is considered the sole centre forward for Los Blancos. While Jude Bellingham’s excellent form is noteworthy, it is yet to be seen how Real Madrid will compete against top-notch opponents.
Braga on the other hand lost two matches and won one against Union. The Portuguese side will be looking forward to putting up a fight against Real Madrid, but a positive result looks unlikely. They currently sit 4th in Liga Portugal and losing this game will diminish the chances of advancing to the next round.
Apart from Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao, who will be absent for a long time because of injuries, Aurélien Tchouaméni is also out. The top goalscorer, Jude Bellingham is questionable as well and Dani Ceballos has a slight injury.
Braga have no injury concerns at the moment.
Kepa; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos; Rodrygo, Joselu, Vinicius Junior
Matheus; Mendes, Fonte, Niakate, Borja; Al-Musrati, Zalazar; Djalo, R. Horta, Bruma; Banza
Real might be without Jude Bellingham, but the Champions League is a tournament where Los Blancos play at their best. Meanwhile, Braga have struggled a lot and it seems unlikely that they have a chance to cause any sensation. We pick Real Madrid to win in this matchup convincingly.
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