23 November 2021, 08:12 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
Club Brugge will face eliminated RB Leipzig for the second time in the UEFA Champions League group stage this season after the 2-1 win over the Germans on UCL Matchday 2. This reverse fixture kicks off at 21:00 (GMT+1) on Wednesday, November 24 at the Jan Breydel Stadium. An Italian crew, headed by referee Davide Massa (ITA) has been selected for this match.
Preview Club Brugge Champions League, Nov 24, 2021
Preview Club Brugge K.V. picked up a 2-1 defeat to K.V. Mechelen in the Belgian Pro League at the weekend. The club is in third place in the Belgian domestic league table, with two defeats in five games across all competitions: WWLDL. Brugge is also third in Group A of the UEFA Champions League, with 4 points from 1W, 1D, and 2L. The Belgian outfit must pick up a win on Wednesday to enhance its candidacy for an increasingly slender finish in the top-two. Philippe Clement adopted a defensive 5—3—2 formation in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on UCL MD4, but could line up the attacking 4—3—3 or 4—2—3—1 with Charles De Ketelaere in attack. Ketelaere is yet to hit the back of the net in the tournament but has one assist to his name. He remains the club’s top scorer in the Belgian Pro League with five goals. With the exception of Ruben Providence, a fully fit squad awaits Philippe Clement ahead of Wednesday’s fixture against the Red Bulls.
Preview RB Leipzig Champions League, Nov 24, 2021
Preview Out of contention for a top-two finish, Leipzig hopes to salvage what remains of their European campaign by securing a place in the UEFA Europa League. Over the weekend, the Red Bulls picked up a 2-0 defeat to Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga, where they sit in 7th place. Leipzig has only one point and sits at the bottom of UCL Group A with a G.D. of -5 after 0W, 1D, & 3L. Leipzig must defeat Club Brugge to remain in contention for a place in the Europa League. Coach Jesse Marsch’s side has picked up only one defeat in five games across all competitions, DDWWL, and are aiming to return to winning ways on Wednesday. Marsch, 47, could utilize the 3—4—2—1 formation with Andre Silva in attack. Nkunku is expected to form part of the duo behind Silva. Marsch will be without Tyler Adams, who is suspended, while Mohamed Simakan will miss the next match if he is booked on Wednesday. However, Simakan (illness) remains doubtful for this fixture. Dominik Szoboszlai (knock) and Marcelo Saracchi could also be missing, while Yussuf Poulsen (calf injury) and Konrad Laimer (groin injury) may not be playing any part in this fixture.