Borussia Dortmund travel to Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday at 8pm looking to make it two wins on the spin.
Lucien Favre’s side endured an opening-day 3-1 defeat at the hands of Lazio, but bounced back to close the gap on the early Group F leaders with a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Zenit last week.
It was all smiles over the weekend as well, with BVB clinching a fourth straight Bundesliga win, and Favre will want to continue that hot streak on Wednesday to generate some momentum heading into this weekend’s Der Klassiker vs Bayern Munich.
But, that task won’t be made easy in midweek. Club Brugge are currently unbeaten in the group, with a win and a draw against Zenit and Lazio respectfully. However, the win over Zenit was Club Brugge’s only victory in their previous 10 Champions League games.
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Club Brugge & Borussia Dortmund’s previous line-ups:
- Club Brugge (vs Mechelen): Mignolet; Kossounou, Deli, Mechele; Okereke, Vormer, Vanaken, Rits, Sobol; Lang, Krmencik.
- Borussia Dortmund (vs Arminia): Burki; Meunier, Hummels*, Akanji, Passlack; Delaney, Bellingham; Sancho, Brandt, Hazard; Reus.
Manager Philippe Clement will be without Matej Mitrovic, who is nursing a heel injury, while Federico Ricca faces a late fitness test.
For the visitors, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Marcel Schmelzer, Emre Can and Nico Schulz are out while Mats Hummels is a doubt to make the matchday squad.
Players to watch:
- Club Brugge: Simon Mignolet does not have a good Champions League record, winning just one of his 13 appearances in the competition since making his debut for Liverpool in September 2014. In that time he has mustered six draws and suffered six defeats, and he will now be hoping to improve upon that woeful record to keep Brugge’s slender hopes of qualifying alive. Lazio and Dortmund are the natural favourites, but if Mignolet can produce a performance reminiscent of his early Liverpool days, then Erling Haaland and co. could be in for a frustrating evening.
- Borussia Dortmund: BVB have lost their last four away games in this competition but have never lost five on the trot in Europe, so Favre will be seeking inspiration from across the pitch. One player who came to the fore over the weekend was defensive stalwart Mats Hummels, who bagged an uncharacteristic brace to sink Arminia, while also keeping a clean sheet in the process. Dortmund are well-stocked for elite quality in the final third, but Hummels is Favre’s elder statesman at the back and he could do with a similar performance on Wednesday to settle the early nerves in this group, should he be fit.