Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Club Brugge will be aiming to make amends for a heart-breaking loss to St Gilloise when they face Lugano in the Conference League on Thursday evening. Ronny Deila’s troops did well to beat Lugano 3-1 in Switzerland and yet another win over Mattia Croci-Torti’s troops will see them move one step closer to booking their spot in the knockout stages. Keep in mind, though, that all Boyata, Buchanan, Bursik, Sabbe, and Talbi have been struggling with injuries of late.
Lugano, meanwhile, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Lausanne at the weekend and seeing that Club Brugge have turned their Jan Breydel Stadion into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors are going to return home with their hands empty. As for the away team, Mattia Bottani limped off with injury in the last league match, but fellow midfielder Hicham Mahou is back to contention.
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 (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.