Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
David faces Goliath at Jan Breydel Stadion at Club Brugge and KA Akureyri square off against each other in the Conference League third qualifying round, first leg. Club Brugge chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window and, as a result, the Belgians are seen as hot favourites to beat KA Akureyri on home soil. Maxim De Cuyper returns from the domestic ban, while all Talbi, Jutgla, and Bursik missed the 1-0 triumph over Westerlo with injuries.
The Icelanders, meanwhile, have been handed a tough draw in round 3 and seeing that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-2 loss to Valur at the weekend, anything but a routine home victory would be a big sensation. As for the away team, forward Asgeir Sigurgeirsson is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in the last league fixture.
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 (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.