Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Jan Breydelstadion will host Wednesday’s football game between Club Brugge and Galatasaray, the two teams who are placed in Group A alongside PSG and Real Madrid. Club Brugge impressed in the Champions League qualifiers, with the team beating the likes of Dinamo Kiev and LASK in the process. The Belgian side have been scoring goals for fun in the national championship of late as well and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that they are going to emerge triumphant in the their Champions League opener.
Galatasaray, on the other hand, did well to win the Turkish Super Lig trophy last term and the fact that they added the likes of Ryan Babel, Florin Andone and Radamel Falcao to the squad in the summer transfer window is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Belgium. However, seeing that coach Fatih Terim needs time to put all pieces of the puzzle together, away win should not be considered.
Highlighted Player (Hans Vanaken):
Hans Vanaken is a Belgian footballer who was born in Neerpelt on August 24, 1992. Hans Vanaken is a product of PSV football academy, joining the club at the age of 10, but in 2008 he joined Lommel United. The Belgian midfielder continued wearing the green shirt at senior level, scoring 21 goals in 80 appearances for the club in the league.
In 2013 he moved to Lokeren and after spending two seasons at Daknamstadion, he signed a deal with famous Belgian team Club Brugge. Vanaken has established himself as one of the team’s key players and he is likely to play an important role in the Jan Breydel Stadium outfit in the 2019/2020 Europa League season.
His main position is attacking midfielder, but he is used as both central midfielder and left midfielder as well. He has a contract with Club Brugge until June 30, 2024.
Highlighted Team (Galatasaray):
Over the years Galatasaray have established themselves as one of the best teams in Turkey. The Aslanlar (the Lions) were founded back in October 1905 by Ali Sami Yen and fellow students of Galatasaray High School. Ali Sami Yen himself was the club’s first president and, as a result, he was given the club’s membership No. 1.
The Gala are one of the most successful Turkish teams and it has to be noted that they won their 21st Super Lig trophy in the 2017/2018 season. The capital club collected 75 points from possible 102, with the team finishing the season three points clear of their bitter rivals Fenerbahce. Speaking of European success, Galatasaray won UEFA Cup in the 1999/2000 season, with the team beating Arsenal on penalties in the title game.
In 2000 the Lions won UEFA Super cup as they outplayed star-studded Real Madrid 2-1 at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Galatasaray play their home games at Turk Telekom Stadi and they are well known for their yellow and red jerseys.