Leicester v Club Brugge – Tuesday 19:45, BT Sport 3
The idea of Leicester not only reaching the Champions League but also leading their group after four group stage games would have seemed highly implausible this time last year, but Club Brugge travel to England on Tuesday to face a Leicester team that has not let indifferent league form affect their excellent performances in European competition so far. Club Brugge remain rooted to the bottom of Group G, and can only hope to limit damage at the King Power Stadium.
Belgian teams have played seven Champions League group matches in England since 2000 and they’ve picked up just one point while they’ve trailed at half-time in six of the matches. Furthermore, Club Brugge’s Champions League campaign to date this season has been forgettable: they’ve scored just once en route to four consecutive losses, and the absence of both Ruud Vormer and Abdoulay Diaby limits their options going forward. However, Ron-Robert Zieler features for the Foxes between the sticks for the first time in Europe this season and they’ve looked uncertain at the back since Schmeichel was injured. He’s conceded nine in his five league appearances this season so far, and with Brugge having nothing to lose they should look to attack more than normal.
Since 2010/11, 13 away sides have gone into their fifth European group game (Europa and Champion Leagues) without a point and 12 have lost but only three failed to score as these games averaged 4.23 goals each, so we like Leicester to win and Both Teams To Score.
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