Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A place in the Champions League last 16 will be at stake when Lazio and Club Brugge face each other at Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday evening. The Biancocelesti are one point away from booking their place in the knockout stages of the elite competition, and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the decided. Simone Inzaghi’s troops proved their worth in the Serie A win over Spezia at the weekend, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Club Brugge.
Inzaghi is likely to field the best possible side this time out, but keep in mind that Muriqi, Proto, and Lulic remain in the recovery room. The Belgian champions aim to build on a 3-0 win over Zenit, but seeing that they are not regarded as good travellers, share of spoils is on the cards in the “Eternal City”. Diatta and Mitrovic are likely to miss the game with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Bastos Quissanga):
Born in Luanda (Angola) on November 23, 1991, Bastos Jacinto Quissanga is a powerful defender who plays for Serie A side Lazio. Bastos started his senior career at domestic club Petro de Luanda and after scoring 6 goals in 105 appearances in the league for Os Tricolores, he moved to Russia in 2013, signing a deal with the Premier League side Rostov.
The 184-cm-tall defender proved his worth in the Russian top flight and, as expected, he decided to take a step forward in his career, signing a contract with famous Serie A team Lazio. Bastos failed to establish himself as a first-team regular with the Biancocelesti, but he plays an important role at the Angola national team. Bastos, whose main position is centre-back, made his international debut for the Palancas Negras on August 10, 2011 in a goalless draw against Liberia. His preferred foot is right.
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.