Club Brugge KV hosts Zenit in round 5 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, December 2nd at Jan Breydel Stadion (Brugge)
The Belgian champion has firmly gained the status of the main grandee of national football. In the Champions League, Clement's men are in third place in the standings, lagging four points behind Lazio. Brugge managed to gain an important victory in St. Petersburg (2:1) and tied with Lazio (1:1). Two defeats against Borussia dropped the team to the 3rd place in the quartet. Modern Brugge is distinguished by a good organization of the game and a high-quality squad. Experienced Mignolet acts between the pipes, Sable, Delhi, Mata, Wormer, Vanaken, De Ketelar do their job in midfield, and Diatta and Dennis create goal attempts in the attack. Many of the young talents will probably leave the team at the end of the current season.
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We see another failure in European Cups from Zenit, which Semak's men will be able to brighten up only if they take third place in the group. To do this, St. Petersburg residents need a mandatory victory in Brugge and points in a match with Borussia. The task is not easy, given the modest game characteristics of the team from St. Petersburg. Zenit has serious problems with scoring - only three goals in four games. In terms of personnel, Zenit has practically no serious losses. Wendel, Karavaev, and Krugovoy were injured, but they cannot be called irreplaceable. However, the leaders of the St. Petersburg team are in excellent shape - Dzyuba, Rakitsky, Douglas Santos, Barrios, Azmoun, and Erokhin. Malcolm (transfer failure No. 1), Driussi and Lovren (too many mistakes from such an experienced player) disappoint the public.
It will be a real battle for a ticket to the Europa League. The victorious result will allow Brugge not only to guarantee the third place but also to impose the struggle on Borussia and Lazio for the promotion to the 1/8 finals. For St. Petersburg residents, the road to the Champions League playoffs is already closed, and the question is only in the third position in the quartet. The visitors can offer battle to the Belgians, but Clement's men look more organized than the St. Petersburg team. The hosts will probably have more chances of gaining victory.
Prediction for the match: Club Brugge KV to win with 0.0 handicap