Approaching the crucial stage of the UEFA Champions League 2023–24, Union Berlin faces a formidable opponent, Real Madrid, in their last group stage match on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at 1:30 a.m. IST in the Olympiastadion Berlin.
For Real Madrid, this match holds little significance as it's a dead rubber. They might consider resting key players to avoid injuries. Conversely, Union Berlin has a slim chance to advance to the Europa League Group Stage.
To achieve this, they must accomplish the improbable—defeating Real Madrid and relying on Napoli to overcome S.C. Braga. The top bookmakers in India have amazing Champions League odds with them.
Madrid have been in scintillating form this UCL season, scoring 13 goals in just five matches
The betting tip is...
Real Madrid to score 2.5+ goals
Robin Gosens, the club’s best player till now in the UCL, will have a significant job to do if he wants his club to have any chance of making it to the Europa League. Gosens has five goals to his name, along with 18.8% of the club’s shots on target.
David Fofana and Janik Haberer have also been in terrific form, and the management would expect some magic from these promising players. Sheraldo Becker will not be available for this game because of his knee injury.
The club has scored only four goals in the UCL this year and would be required to at least double this tally if they do not want to be knocked out.
The same lineup is expected.
Predicted Lineup: Behrens, Robin Gosens, A. Laidouni, L. Tousart, K. Volland, R. Khedira, J. Roussillon, D. Leite, R. Knoche, J. Juranovic, and F. Ronnow
The Madrid team is still suffering from a lot of injuries, and hence, in this match where the outcome would not affect them even slightly, the big guns are anticipated to be rested. Modric is back in training and, if fit, might get a game.
Jude Bellingham has been a fantastic signing for the club, as he already has 15 goals to his name this football year. Rodrygo has also filled the big shoes well, scoring nine goals and five assists.
Carvajal is out with an injury whereas Bellingham and Valverde are expected to be given rest.
Predicted Lineup: Diaz, Rodrygo, Ceballos, Nico Paz, Nacho, Toni Kroos, F. Mendy, David Alaba, A. Rudiger, Joselo, and A. Lunin
The difference in the league standings and global football reputation clearly favors Real Madrid in this upcoming match. However, in sports, daily performance is paramount. Union Berlin still holds a chance if they believe in themselves and deliver an outstanding football performance.
Berlin averages 0.8 goals per match, while Madrid boasts 2.6 goals in the UCL. If Union Berlin can double their goal count in this match, anything is possible.