Club Brugge have started their domestic season well, winning seven of their first eight competitive matches (W7, D1) and scoring at least twice in six of them. Here, the Belgian Jupiler League leaders will endure their toughest test to date with the visit of Dortmund as they kick-off this season’s Champions League (CL) group stage campaign.
This occasion marks the start of what is only Brugge’s third CL group-stage appearance since the 2005/06 competition. It will also be the first H2H meeting between them for 15 years – since Brugge eliminated the German side from the CL on penalties.
That memory, combined with a failure to progress from last season’s CL group stage, will rile Dortmund into making an example of Brugge. The club’s domestic form is also strong, with Dortmund still unbeaten following their 3-1 home win over Frankfurt last Friday, and have a current Bundesliga record of: W2, D1.
Expect goals whenever these sides meet. All three matches between these two sides (across all competitions) have seen over 2.5 goals scored and both teams scoring.
Players to watch: Jelle Vossen (Club Brugge) has scored four times in four Jupiler League appearances this season.
Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho already has two assists in three Bundesliga matches during the current term.
Stat attack: Brugge have netted 19 goals in seven Jupiler League matches this season (2.71 per game).
Dortmund scored exactly one goal in five of their six CL group stage matches last season.
Overall, Brugge’s matches have averaged 3.71 goals (total) during the 2018/19 campaign.
Dortmund’s historical competitive record against Belgian opposition stands at: W6, D1, L4
Across all competitions, Brugge have scored first in seven of their last eight games.
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Referee: Makkelie D. (Ned)
Venue: Jan Breydel Stadion (Brugge)