Braga and Union Berlin face off at the Quarry in what could be a pivotal battle for the third spot in their Champions League group.
Braga is on a quest to secure a victory to keep their hopes alive for a maiden entry into the knockout stages.
A win, coupled with a favorable result for Napoli, will set up an intense final group-stage showdown.
Their recent success against German teams, including a remarkable comeback against Union Berlin in the reverse fixture, provides confidence for Artur Jorge’s men.
With a prolific attacking record in Portugal, Braga enters the match as the top scorers in the league, making it a daunting task for Union Berlin, who have struggled defensively this season.
However, despite their offensive prowess, Braga’s hopes hinge on bettering Napoli’s result in a bid to continue their European campaign.
Union Berlin, in stark contrast, is enduring a dire winless streak, having failed to secure a victory since August in any competition.
The departure of their esteemed manager Urs Fischer, despite securing a point against Napoli, has left the team reeling at the bottom of the Bundesliga.
Braga boasts a remarkable attacking record, finding the net consistently in their domestic league.
Their recent 4-1 victory over Portimonense in the Taca de Portugal underlines their offensive capabilities, posing a significant threat to Union Berlin’s defense.
Union Berlin’s struggles persist as they aim to break free from their winless streak. Despite a draw against Napoli, the team’s morale remains low, with a change in management hoping to spark a turnaround.
Braga’s squad sees no known injury concerns, with Jorge having a full roster to choose from.
Expect a strong lineup with players like Cristian Borja and Bruma likely to return after being rested during the cup game.
Union Berlin anticipates the return of key players like Rani Khedira and Andras Schafer. However, they will miss Leonardo Bonucci due to a hamstring injury.
Victor Gomez, Jose Fonte, Niakate, Borja;
Joao Moutinho, Vitor Carvalho, Zalazar;
Ricardo Horta, Banza, Bruma
Jaeckel, Knoche, Diogo Leite;
Juranovic, Haberer, Laidouni, Gosens;
Becker, Behrens, Fofana
Braga holds the upper hand in this encounter, boasting an impressive attacking lineup against a struggling Union Berlin.
Despite the German side’s desire for a resurgence under new management, Braga’s form and attacking prowess could prove too much to handle.
- Our Prediction: Braga 2-0 Union Berlin
Braga is expected to capitalize on their attacking strength to secure a vital win, while Union Berlin faces an uphill battle to overturn their fortunes against a formidable opponent.