Return to this page a few days before the scheduled game when this expired prediction will be updated with our full preview and tips for the next match between these teams.
Wednesday’s Champions League schedule features Braga against Union Berlin.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Braga v Union Berlin are shown below - plus the latest match odds.
Braga will be looking for a repeat result of a 0-1 Primeira Liga success over Arouca.
In that game, Braga had 61% possession and 17 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Braga was Álvaro Djaló (36'). Arouca got 14 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target.
It’s been seldom in recent times that Braga have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Braga have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 10 goals on the way. Regardless, we’ll just have to find out if that trend might persist in this upcoming game.
Last time out, Union Berlin drew 1-1 in the Bundesliga 1 match with Augsburg.
In that match, Union Berlin had 62% possession and 15 shots at goal with 6 on target. The only player to score for Union Berlin was Kevin Volland (88'). Augsburg had 11 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Ermedin Demirović (39') scored for Augsburg.
The strike force from Union Berlin have suffered from a shortage of goals over their previous six encounters, contributing the unsatisfactory return of only 1. In those matches, Union have also seen the collective goal tally of their opponents equal 12.
Head to head
The last league contest featuring these clubs was Champions League match day 2 on 03/10/2023 which ended up with the score at Union Berlin 2-3 Braga.
In that game, Union Berlin had 35% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Their only player to score was Sheraldo Becker (30', 37').
Braga got 12 shots at goal with 6 on target. Sikou Niakaté (41'), Bruma (51') and André Castro (94') scored.
The match was refereed by Srđan Jovanović.
Team News: Braga
The Braga manager Artur Jorge will be grateful to have no fitness worries at all ahead of this game thanks to a fully injury-free squad available to choose from.
In all likelihood, Os Arcebispos should line up in a 4-2-3-1 system for this one with Matheus, Victor Gomez, Jose Fonte, Sikou Niakate, Cristian Borja, Carvalho, Rodrigo Zalazar, Alvaro Djalo, Joao Moutinho, Ricardo Horta and Simon Banza.
Team News: Union Berlin
Union Berlin manager Nenad Bjelica has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Danilho Doekhi (Knock), Leonardo Bonucci (muscular problems) and Sheraldo Becker (unknown injury) are not ready for selection.
From our viewpoint, Union seem most likely to elect for a 3-5-2 system, choosing Frederik Roennow, Robin Knoche, Diogo Leite, Jerome Roussillon, Josip Juranovic, Lucas Tousart, Rani Khedira, Aissa Laidouni, Robin Gosens, Kevin Volland and Kevin Behrens.
We think that Union Berlin will have to play well to break down this Braga lineup who will likely do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
We therefore fancy a very competitive game with a 1-0 winning margin for Braga after 90 minutes.
We’ll see what happens.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Braga (30,286)
Captain: Ricardo Horta
Chairman: António Salvador
Manager: Artur Jorge
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 4, Champions League (Group C), UCL Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
🔑 Key Player: Simon Banza
Regularly played in the Striker position, Simon Banza was born in Creil, France. Having made his senior debut playing for RC Lens in the 2015 - 2016 season, the talented Forward has scored a sum of 10 league goals in the Liga Portugal 2023 - 2024 campaign to date coming from a total of 11 appearances.