Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Club Brugge and Borussia Dortmund face each other in a highly-anticipated game at Jan Breydel Stadion in the Champions League round 3. Club Brugge aim to extend their unbeaten run in Group F to three games, but preventing Borussia Dortmund attackers from scoring at an empty Jan Breydel Stadion is easier said than done. Lucien Favre’s troops aim to build on a 2-0 win over Zenit, and seeing that the Swiss tactician can count on key players for Wednesday’s clash, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Bundesliga side.
In their last meeting at the venue Borussia Dortmund defeated Club Brugge thanks to Christian Pulisic’s goal. The USA international is no longer part of the Signal-Iduna-Park outfit, but Norway rising star Erling Haland is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Defender Matej Mitrovic is sidelined with injury for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Simon Mignolet):
Simon Luc Hildebert Mignolet is a Belgium goalkeeper born on 6 March 1988 in Sint-Truiden. He began his career in a club from his hometown, making 100 league appearances for Sint-Truidense before moving to Sunderland in 2010.
Mignolet would go on to spent next four years at the Stadium of Light, making 90 Premier League appearances. As one of world’s most talented goalkeepers, the Belgium international signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2013, and he has since been the club’s first choice goalkeeper. Performing admirably most of the time, but also committing cheap mistakes at times, Mignolet has yet to win over the Liverpool fans, but remains highly regarded in his native country.
The talented shot-stopper has been a member of the Belgium national team since 2011, earning over 20 caps for the Red Devils, but he has been playing second fiddle to Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois over the last few years.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.