Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in their last group game, Borussia Dortmund are still on the right track to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages. The Millionaires are eyeing their fourth win of the process and a victory over Club Brugge will see them cement top position in Group A. Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus have been producing fine performances in all competitions this season and all eyes will be on the duo when the two teams face each other at Signal-Iduna-Park. The Belgium side have slim chances of booking their place in the last 16 of the elite competitions and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Brugge empty-handed. When the two teams met at Jan Breydelstadion earlier in the process Borussia Dortmund defeated Club Brugge 1-0.
Highlighted Player (Lukasz Piszczek):
Born on 3rd June 1985, Lukasz Piszczek is one of Poland’s most famous footballers at the moment, having made a name for himself thanks to some impressive performances for Borussia Dortmund. The full-back’s talent was spotted early on by Hertha scouts, and it is important to note that he began his career as a striker, winning the top goalscorer award at the Under-19 Euro in 2004.
Following some excellent displays at said tournament, Piszczek was signed by Hertha, but he would go on to spend next three years on loan at Zaglebie Lubin. After returning to the club, the Polish footballer played on the left wing, but then switched to right-back as Arne Friedrich got injured and has played there ever since.
In May 2010, Piszczek signed for Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer and has since developed into one of world’s leading right-sided defenders, sparking interest from clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United. The full-back made over 45 appearances for the national team since he was handed his debut in 2007, representing his country at three successive European Championship finals.
Highlighted Team (Club Brugge):
Founded in 1891, Belgium giants Club Brugge are one of the most decorated football clubs in the country. Also known as Blauw-Zwart due to their Blue and Black colours, Club Brugge have been crown champions of Belgium on 14 occasions which is second to Anderlecht.
Through their long-lasting history Club Brugge have enjoyed fair amount of European success.to this day in football history Club Brugge holds the European record number of consecutive participation in the UEFA Europa league – 20. The Blauw-Zwart have reached two European finals and two semi-finals so far. What is more, Club Brugge are the only Belgian side ever to play in the final of the European Cup so far, losing to Liverpool in the 1978 season.
Two years prior, Club Brugge lost the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same rivals. Club Brugge play their home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which is also home to city rivals Cercle Brugge. The two sides form a formidable rivalry contested in the Bruges Derby.