Matchday one heralded Real Madrid’s third three-goal defeat in four UEFA Champions League (UCL) matches, with Real losing the first half of each reverse by a 2-0 scoreline. However, Real have won all 16 of their UCL group stage home openers under the current format (since 2003/04), doing so by a single-goal margin just once since the 2013/14 campaign. In addition to that, five of Real’s last six UCL group stage home openers have seen them win both halves, with the 13-time winners keeping a clean sheet in three of their last four victories within that group.
Club Brugge opened their own UCL campaign with a 0-0 draw, making it their third group game in a row to produce that exact scoreline. Overall, four of their last five UCL group stage games have ended level and produced under 2.5 goals. However, Real will underestimate Brugge at their peril, with the ‘Blauw-Zwart’ going unbeaten in their last three away UCL matches played against a team with a higher UEFA coefficient (W1, D2). Across those three games, Brugge have averaged 2.33 goals per-match.
Match Info and Score Prediction.
Competition: EUROPE Champions League – Group Stage
Kick off: 01.10.2019, 16:55 UTC.
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid).