Mechelen failed to meet the expectations in their last home match against underdogs from St. Truiden when they come with an unexpected defeat with a minimal result.
They conceded the only one in this clash after a mistake by Bijker, as he scored his own goal in the 34th minute, and even though the hosts did have control over the ball for most of the time during this clash, they simply lacked more creativity for a better result.
Mechelen is currently at the 4th spot in the rankings, having four points less compared to their opponents in the upcoming clash.
Club Brugge made a more than decent appearance last time out in Europe when they recorded a surprising 1:2 away victory over Leipzig, proving the bookies and almost everyone else quite wrong in this one.
They conceded early in the 5th, but responded in the best way possible, reversing the result to their favor with goals over Vanaken and Rits already during the first part, and even though they were significantly pushed back in the continuation, they survived the attacks of the hosts, and deservedly celebrated after this clash.
The hosts miss defender Mitrovic (3/0), as well as offensive Providence who didn’t play yet anyway. Defender Balanta (9/1) is probably not fully fit for all ninety minutes.
Manchester City failed to be more creative last time out in the Champions League campaign away to PSG when they suffered a routine 2:0 defeat.
Leipzig failed to be more competitive in their opening clash of the Champions League campaign on the road against the Citizens when they were convincingly outplayed with a 6:3 result.
As the result is saying, they showed more than decent offensive potential, but the hosts were always two steps ahead of them, and having a player less on the field in the last eleven minutes, only contributed to their expected defeat.
On the other side, they did a good job in their last home match in Bundesliga against Hertha, as they hammered them with a 6:0 victory, and are definitely coming to their second European encounter with positive thoughts.
Club Brugge is doing quite well in this season in Jupiler League, with that exception away to Gent, overly looking, being potent in almost every match played.
They routinely outplayed underdogs from Oostende last time out at home with a 3:0 result, being in complete control from the begging of the clash. The hosts scored two over Lang and one over Vanaken, not putting their victory in question at any moment, but it has to be said that they had a player more on the field since the 45th minute.
They are in a very tough group with PSG, Leipzig, and Manchester City, but will definitely do their best to be as competitive as possible in the Champions League campaign.
Offensive players Providence and Izquierdo remain sidelined coming off from injury problems. Defender Balanta (6/1) shouldn’t be involved either.
Charleroi failed to be more creative with the ball in the last round at home against St. Truiden when they had a goalless draw, lacking more sharpness at the finishing.
The hosts created several decent opportunities during this clash, but as previously mentioned, they lacked more creativity in the offense to make this clash a bit more interesting to watch, with the guests having their share of chances too.
Charleroi is currently at the 11th spot on the table, having three points less than play-off Waregem.