UCL Preview: Okereke, Bonaventure set for Madrid test

UCL Preview: Okereke, Bonaventure set for Madrid test

Nigerian duo of David Okereke and Dennis Bonaventure will be up against European powerhouse Real Madrid on matchday two of the UEFA Champions League (UCL).

The Tuesday early kick-off will see Okereke and Bonaventure of Club Brugge try to find the back of the net and help the Belgian side get her first win of the 2019/2020 UCL season against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Having failed to score or pick up the win on matchday one at home against Galatasaray despite a flurry of chances, the Nigerian duo would hope for better luck on Tuesday evening at the Bernabeu.

In the same vein, Real Madrid failed to score on matchday one losing 3-0 to PSG in Paris. Hence, the European giants will be looking to pick all three points and stake a claim for qualification from Group A.

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Real Madrid have lost three of their last four matches in the UCL – including the last two at home and now face a Club Brugge side who are unbeaten in their last five group matches and, including qualifying, nine UEFA Champions League games.

Last season’s 3-1 group stage loss in Madrid at Atlético made it three successive defeats in Spain for Club Brugge, who have never won there in 12 previous visits (D4 L8).

Madrid have won their last four matches at home to Belgian clubs, since that draw against Club Brugge in 1976, scoring 20 goals and conceding only three.

The second fixture in Group A will see high flying PSG go away to Galatasaray who will look to their home fans for inspiration against the French Champions.

In Group B, Tottenham vs Bayern Munich will be the match to look out for and most likely the match of the night across all centres.

On matchday one, Tottenham let a two-goal lead slip away at Olympiacos while Bayern Munich recorded a convincing 3-0 win to stay top of the group. Spurs will now look to pick all three points at home as the Germans come visiting.

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Bayern are unbeaten in their last nine European away games (W6 D3).

Bayern have won only one of their last five games away to English clubs (D2 L2), a 5-1 success against Arsenal in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg.

Tottenham were unbeaten at home to German clubs (W6 D1) before succumbing 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund in 2016; they lost their next such match too, to Bayer Leverkusen in November 2016 (0-1), but have won the last two, scoring three goals in beating Dortmund in both the 2017/18 group stage (3-1) and last season’s round of 16 first leg (3-0).

The Lilywhites have won their last four matches against German clubs, home and away, all against Dortmund.

Other interesting games tonight include Manchester City hosting Dinamo Zagreb at the Etihad in Group C, while Lokomotiv Moscow and Bryan Idowu host Atletico Madrid.

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