Club Brugge v Leicester - Wednesday 19:45, BT Sport 2
The latest chapter in the Leicester fairy-tale sees them begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to Bruges, but they’ve already been brought back to Earth somewhat this season as they lost at Hull on the opening day of the season and were thumped 4-1 at Anfield on Saturday.
Brugge have been European regulars in recent years, but a 7-1 aggregate defeat against Man United in qualification for last season’s Champions League together with a 5-0 loss at Napoli in the Europa League gives some indication of the difficulty of the test Ranieri’s men will face.
Like the visitors, Brugge have had a slow start to the season and are down in 10th in the Pro League, having picked up only seven points from their six games. Their struggles have largely been on the road where they’ve lost their last three but they’ve only lost once at home since the start of last season. They did however lose two of their three Europa League home games last term, against Napoli and Midtjylland having been unbeaten in Europe at home in 2014/15.
Those results, together with the fact that Brugge have been in poor form at the start of the season suggests they are a side on a downward curve and this looks an excellent opportunity for the Foxes to pick up a Champions League win at the first time of asking.
The man tasked with replacing Kante, Nampalys Mendy, missed the visit to Anfield but he should be fit to line up here and with him in the side Leicester should look more like the side that were comfortably the best in the Premier League on the road last term. As a result 2.6 about a Leicester win could end up looking like a massive price.