Atletico Madrid vs Club Brugge – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

On Wednesday night, Atletico Madrid will host Club Brugge at Wanda Metropolitano in the Champions League, and they will be out for vengeance after losing to the Belgian giants earlier this season.

Club Brugge won 2-0 over Atletico last week, moving Carl Hoefkens’s squad to the top of Group B with nine points and putting Atletico in last place with three.

Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Club Brugge

Atletico would have liked their chances of winning Group B before the tournament began, but Diego Simeone’s team has had a tough time of it so far.

After starting the 2022-23 season with a 2-1 win against Porto on September 7, the Red and Whites have lost their past two games, 2-0, on the road against Bayer Leverkusen and Club Brugge, putting them in last place in Group B with just three points.

Since they are tied for second with Porto on points, Atletico need not worry just yet. However, a loss on Wednesday would put them in a tough position, and it would be surprising if they didn’t go to the knockout phase of the tournament given their history.

The Madrid giants have progressed beyond the group stage in each of their previous four appearances, with three of those appearances reaching the round of 16.

The 2-1 win against Girona that Simeone’s squad earned at home last Saturday will give them a boost of confidence heading into this encounter. With two goals from Angel Correa, the hosts moved up to fourth place in La Liga with 16 points, six behind Barcelona in the league’s standings.

Club Brugge has been flawless in the Champions League this season, beating Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 to start the 2022-23 season and then thrashing Porto 4-0 in Portugal a week later.

The 2-0 win against Atletico last week, with goals from Kamal Sowah and Ferran Jutgla, gave the Belgian team nine points in Group B, six points ahead of second-placed Porto.

Club Brugge, who have yet to surrender a group stage goal, have been tournament mainstays in recent years, but they have yet to advance to the knockout round of the European Cup.

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Hoefkens’ team will be aware that they are not quite there in terms of advancement, but even a loss on Wednesday would put them in a good position for their last two games on October 26 and November 1 against Porto and Bayer Leverkusen.

Despite being ranked third in the league, Blauw-Zwart enters this match having lost 2-0 to Westerlo at home on Saturday. With 22 points after 11 games, Blauw-Zwart sits seven points behind Antwerp in the standings.

Team News: Atletico Madrid vs Club Brugge

On Wednesday night, Atletico will once again be without Sergio Reguilon, Marcos Llorente, and Felipe due to injuries; but, the home team is in fine form coming into the important matchup. Felipe is expected to return on Thursday.

As a result of Correa’s brace against Girona over the weekend, the attacker may be allowed to start today. Antoine Griezmann is also expected to play in the final third, which will force Joao Felix to start on the bench.

Atletico Madrid will most likely line up in a 5-3-2 configuration given the current state of affairs. Nahuel Molina will play on the right side of the defense, while Yannick Carrasco will take up position on the left.

Both Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez have struggled with injuries during the current campaign, but the duo is finally well enough to be considered for selection and will both begin this match for their respective teams.

Mats Rits, Dedryck Boyata, and Owen Otasowie are the three players for Club Brugge who are unable to play due to injuries.

However, the Belgian team does not have any new fitness problems heading into the encounter, and it would not be surprising to see the same eleven players take the field as they did in the game that was played against them a week ago.

The team’s most important players are expected to return for this match, even though head coach Hoefkens made a significant number of substitutions for the weekend’s league game against Westerlo.

The summer saw Jutgla make the move from Barcelona to Club Brugge. Since then, the Spaniard has been in outstanding form, contributing to eight goals and five assists in 14 games played, including two goals and two assists in three Champions League matches.

  • Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup: Reinildo, Savic, Koke, Molina, Witsel, Correa Griezmann, Gimenez, Carrasco, Oblak, and Lemar.
  •  Club Brugge possible starting lineup: Buchanan, Onyedika, Odoi, Nielsen, Mechele, Vanaken, Meijer, Sylla, Sowah Mignolet, and Jutgla.

Our Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Club Brugge

The performance of Club Brugge in the tournament so far this year has been outstanding, and it would be quite a surprise if they were able to emerge victorious on Wednesday evening.

 Although Atletico has struggled at times this campaign, it is tough to wager against them when they are playing at home. Therefore, we are forecasting a one-goal victory for Simeone’s team in this matchup.

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