Football Previews

Club Brugge vs Real Madrid preview, predictions & confirmed team news as Vinicius starts

By James Richards

Published: 19:05, 11 December 2019

Real Madrid head into their game against Club Brugge with nothing to play for in Group A having confirmed their progression with a 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in November.

Los Blancos can not catch the runaway group leaders but will want to end the stage on a high as they take on a side yet to win a game in this season’s competition.

However, Zinedine Zidane will not want to risk any of his key players especially with important fixtures against Valencia and Barcelona coming up next week so expect to see changes from Madrid.

Club Brugge will want to end on a high in front of their own supporters but they have struggled to match-up to the elite sides in this competition and could find it a tough evening.

When is Club Brugge vs Real Madrid and where can I watch live?

Competition: Champions League

Venue: Jan Breydel Stadium

Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport ESPN

Form Guide

Club Brugge

07 December 2019: Sint-Truiden 1-2 Club Brugge (Belgian First Division A)

04 December 2019: Oostende 1-1 Club Brugge (Belgian Cup)

30 November 2019: Club Brugge 1-0 Mouscron (Belgian First Division A)

26 November 2019: Galatasaray 1-1 Club Brugge (Champions League)

22 November 2019: Club Brugge 2-0 Oostende (Belgian First Division A)

Real Madrid

07 December 2019: Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol (La Liga)

30 November 2019: Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid (La Liga)

26 November 2019: Real Madrid 2-2 PSG (Champions League)

23 November 2019: Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad (La Liga)

09 November 2019: Eibar 0-4 Real Madrid (La Liga)

Ones to watch

Club Brugge: Hans Vanaken

The Belgian midfielder is probably one of the best players in the nation’s top-flight right now. His side are seven points clear at the top and he is leading the way with nine goals from midfield.

Vanaken has three strikes in the Champions League this season which is only matched by teammate Emmanuel Dennis. He will have to be at his best to get the better of the Madrid midfielders but the 27-year-old has been excellent in 2019/20 so far.

Key stat: Vakanen has scored 12 goals in all competitions for Club Brugge this season, more than any other player.

Real Madrid: Casemiro

The Brazilian midfielder will be an important figure for Madrid in this one. With nothing to play for, Club Brugge will be pushing forward and his presence in the centre of the park could be vital.

Casemiro will be asked to marshal Vanaken, the danger man on the opposite XI. The 27-year-old has been ever-present in the group matches so far this season and with Zidane likely to rest a few experienced players, Casemiro could be the man he looks to in order to keep the side ticking.

Key stat: Casemiro has made 56 tackles in La Liga this season for Real Madrid, at least 28 more than any other Los Blancos player.

Team news

Club Brugge

Brugge are without three players for this one. Krepin Diatta is suspended as is defender Clinton Mata. The pair are joined on the sidelines by Croatian defender Matej Mitrovic, who is injured.

Confirmed XI: Mignolet; Kossounou, Mechele, Deli, Sobol; Vormer, Balanta, Vanaken, Vlietinck; Tau, Bonaventure.

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Real Madrid

Long-term absentees like Marco Asensio, James Rodriguez and Lucas Vazquez are still unavailable for Zidane on Wednesday. Eden Hazard and Marcelo join them on the sidelines while Gareth Bale is only fit enough for the bench.

Luka Jovic leads the line joined by Brazilian duo Rodrugo and Vinicius, while Eder Militao partners Raphael Varane in defence.

Confirmed XI: Areola; Odriozola, Eder Militao, Varane, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Isco; Rodrygo, Jovic, Vinicius.

Squawka prediction

Surprisingly Real Madrid have never beaten Club Brugge but they have only met three times in their respective histories. Madrid will have one eye on the big week ahead so are unlikely to play a first XI.

Club Brugge will want to get at least one win in this year’s competition but will now be prioritising the league where they sit seven points clear at the top. Even so, you have to back Los Blancos to have enough in the tank to finally best their Belgian foes.

Scoreline prediction: Club Brugge 1-2 Real Madrid