UEFA Champions League: Manchester City vs Club Brugge live
Club Brugge make a trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City tonight in the fourth round of Champions League group stage action. The encounter kicks off at 21:00 CET with Spanish referee Antonio Mateu in charge of proceedings. A win for Club Brugge will put them in second place in Group A, whereas a win for Man City will either solidify their position in second place or take them to top of the group depending on results from RB Leipzig vs PSG. Due to these crucial rewards in place for the winner, tonight’s ecounter promises to be an exciting one.
Manchester City have not really been in their best form this season. In the Premier League, they sit in third place (20pts) and trail behind league leaders, Chelsea (25pts), by five points. In their last five games across all competitions, the Cityzens have managed three wins, a draw and a defeat. Although City sit second in Group A of the Champions League with 6pts, a 2-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace in the Premier League before tonight’s encounter will surely put Guardiola’s men on a high alert going into this game.
Club Brugge on the other hand have been impressive in Belgium’s First Division A, scooping 26pts and occupying second position in the domestic league. The story is however different in the Champions League as Club Brugge sit third with 4pts in Group A. Club Brugge have also picked up three wins, a draw and a defeat in their last five games across all competitions. A recent 2-1 victory over St. Truiden in their previous game before tonight’s UCL encounter will surely give Brugge high hopes and the determination to go all out for a win tonight.
The last and only competitive fixture between both teams came in the reverse Champions League group stage game in October 2021 where City thrashed Club Brugge to a humbling 5-1 defeat away at the Jan Breydelstadion in Belgium.
Manchester City seem to be favorites to win this game but must be up to the hype when they face Club Brugge. Considering how crucial this game is to both clubs, Club Brugge will definitely put up a fight with the aim of picking up the crucial three points. Nevertheless, the game seeks to be an exciting one and a win or draw might be in the offering for the Cityzens.
Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Foden, Grealish
Club Brugge XI: Mignolet; Sobol, N’Soki, Mechele, Hendry, Mata; Vanaken, Rits, Vormer; De Ketelaere, Lang