Union Berlin vs Braga Predictions

Union Berlin vs Braga predictions for Tuesday’s Champions League group stage fixture. Union Berlin will be striving to halt a five-match losing streak across all tournaments as they proceed with their Champions League group-stage journey against Braga on Tuesday evening. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Union Berlin vs Braga Predictions

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Battle for Redemption in Group C

Key Stats
– Union Berlin have lost their last five matches across all competitions.
– Braga have averaged 2.6 goals per game this season but conceded 1.9.
– Kevin Behrens of Union Berlin has netted four times this season, while Braga’s Alvaro Djalo leads with six goals.

When Union Berlin square off against Braga this Tuesday evening, the stakes will be higher than ever. Both sides are eager to secure a footing in their Champions League group-stage journey, especially given their recent falterings.

Union Berlin, fresh off their historic debut in the Champions League, have the weight of recent losses bearing down on them. Their initial foray into Group C witnessed them narrowly succumbing to Real Madrid, courtesy of a last-minute strike from Jude Bellingham. Despite their commendable show in Madrid, Urs Fischer’s men are in a precarious position, having lost five consecutive games across all competitions. This includes a recent 1-0 Bundesliga setback against Heidenheim, pushing them to a middling 11th place.

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On the other side, Braga faced their own Champions League disappointment, falling 2-1 to Napoli despite a spirited late equaliser from Bruma. Their past record in the competition isn’t too bright either, with their last notable stint dating back to 2012-13, which ended with them at the bottom of their group.

Revisiting History: Last Season’s Showdown

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time these teams have met on the European stage. Their Europa League group face-offs from the previous season saw each team defending their turf with 1-0 home wins.

Form and Fitness: Key Players to Watch

Union Berlin have been hampered by injury concerns, with Knoche, Dehl, Schafer, and Khedira missing out. In their absence, Kevin Behrens, who has already found the net four times this season, is expected to lead their charge. Anticipated changes from Fischer hint at returns for Laidouni and Juranovic.

Braga’s camp appears healthier, barring Victor Gomez, who exited their last league game prematurely. Their attack boasts potent threats: Alvaro Djalo, with six goals to his name, and Bruma, closely following with five. Ricardo Horta, another five-goal contributor, is predicted to slot in just behind Abel Ruiz.

Team Analysis: Crunching the Numbers

Union Berlin’s recent form indicates defensive lapses, with 10 goals conceded in six games and zero clean sheets. Their attack has been decent, scoring nine times. One particular strength has been their aerial prowess, with seven headed goals. Their average ball possession stands at 45.2%, with a commendable 75.9% pass accuracy.

Braga, with a higher 58.7% possession, have netted an impressive 18 times in seven matches, though they’ve also leaked 13 goals. Their shooting accuracy is evident, with 6 of 15.7 shots on target per game. Their defensive vulnerabilities are further highlighted by three errors leading directly to goals.

Predictions

  1. Match Result: Given the recent forms and home advantage, a draw seems plausible. Union Berlin will be desperate to avoid another loss, while Braga’s away form has been patchy. (Prediction: Draw)
  2. Correct Score: Union Berlin’s defence has been shaky, but their home ground might offer some resilience. With Braga’s potent attack and vulnerable defence, a 1-1 scoreline seems a likely outcome.
  3. Goalscorer Prediction: Kevin Behrens, as Union Berlin’s top scorer this season, is a strong contender to find the net. On Braga’s side, Alvaro Djalo, their lead scorer, poses a considerable threat.
  4. Corner Analysis: Union Berlin average six corners per game, while Braga sit slightly lower at 4.9. Predicting the flow of the game and both teams’ attacking intent, Union Berlin might edge out Braga in corners. As for the total number of corners, combining both team averages suggests around 11 corners in the match.

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