Our football match prediction:
Club Brugge and AEK Athens, who suffered elimination in the Champions League third qualifying round, face each other in the Europa League play-offs. Istanbul Basaksehir proved to be a big catch for the Belgian side, but the Blauw-Zwart are definitely capable of making life difficult for AEK Athens in the upcoming double header. It is well known that Club Brugge have turned their Jan Breydelstadion into a real fortress and that is the main reason why home win should be considered. The Greek side failed to impress in the double-header against CSKA and seeing that they have yet to kick off the new domestic campaign, the visitors are widely expected to return to Athens empty-handed. Stefano Denswil scored two goals in the Champions League tie against Istanbul Basaksehir, meaning that AEK defenders should have the 24-year-old Dutch footballer at bay in Thursday’s football match.
Highlighted Player (Ricardo van Rhijn):
Son to an Antillean mother and a Dutch father, Ricadro van Rhijn is a 25-year-old right-back and a product of famed Ajax football academy. Despite the fact he was initially a central defender, Dutch giants Ajax have successfully transformed him into a right back. Ricardo van Rhijn is a member of Ajax’s illustrious Club van 100 with 117 appearances for the club in five years. Having spent two years playing predominantly for Jong Ajax and struggling to make impact under Frank de Boer, the 25-year-old Dutch international has been transferred to Club Brugge, despite rejecting opportunities to sign for Leicester City and Everton during the January transfer window. Three-time Eredivisie champion made only 12 appearances for Ajax last season and is yet to earn his competitive debut for Club Brugge, but is nevertheless expected to get his career back on track as a direct replacement for Thomas Meunier, who signed for French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
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.