Having won their two opening Champions League matches, Club Brugge play host to Atletico Madrid at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Tuesday in matchday three.
In a group that promised to be tight as soon as it was drawn, this could prove to be a defining week for all the teams involved in Group B.
Club Brugge are currently sitting third in the Belgian Pro League, five points adrift of Antwerp who also have a game in hand, while their league campaign has been disappointing but they enter this contest off the back of a 3-0 victory over Mechelen.
Carl Hoefkens’ side have been more impressive in Europe and are two wins from two in the Champions League this season, where they followed a 1-0 home victory over Bayer Leverkusen with a 4-0 win away to Porto.
Brugge’s latter game highlighted their brand of football to perfection, and grabbing a second clean sheet also showed the balance they have within their team.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have made a solid start to their domestic campaign, picking up 13 points from seven matches, only losing to Villarreal and Real Madrid.
Their most recent victory came in a 2-0 win away at Sevilla, where goals from Marcos Llorente and Alvaro Morata helped them take all three points.
Diego Simeone made a tactical change for that game, as he went with a back four and played Matheus Cunha instead of Joao Felix in attack.
Last time out in the Champions League, Atletico Madrid suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in a contest where the Spanish outfit created few chances despite seeing more of the ball possession.
Late goals from Robert Andrich and Moussa Diaby helped the German outfit come away with a win, leaving Atletico Madrid third in the table with three points from two matches.
Club Brugge vs Atletico Madrid head to head
These two teams have previously met on just two occasions in the Champions League, where Atletico Madrid have claimed one victory while they have drawn once. Atletico have scored three goals while they have conceded just one.
Atletico Madrid 3-1 Club Brugge 03/10/18
Club Brugge 0-0 Atletico Madrid 11/12/18
Club Brugge latest home form
Club Brugge have recently been on a good run of form at home, having been unbeaten in their eight most recent matches. They managed to defeat Mechelen 3-0 in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored 11 goals and conceded just two.
Club Brugge 1-1 Zulte Waregem 05/08/22
Club Brugge 2-1 Kortrijk 21/08/22
Club Brugge 4-0 Cercle Brugge 02/09/22
Club Brugge 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen 07/09/22
Club Brugge 3-0 Mechelen 01/10/22
Club Brugge latest away form
Club Brugge lost 3-0 to Standard Liege in their last away game in the league. However, they have recently been on a good run of form on the road, having won each of their previous four games. In their last five matches, they have scored 12 goals and conceded just three.
OH Leuven 0-3 Club Brugge 14/08/22
Sporting Charleroi 1-3 Club Brugge 26/08/22
RFC Seraing 0-2 Club Brugge 10/09/22
Porto 0-4 Club Brugge 13/09/22
Standard Liege 3-0 Club Brugge 18/09/22
Atletico Madrid latest home form
Atletico Madrid have recently kept a mixed run of form at home, as they have lost two of their four most recent matches. They lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded six.
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Manchester United 30/07/22
Atletico Madrid 0-2 Villarreal 21/08/22
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Porto 07/09/22
Atletico Madrid 4-1 Celta Vigo 10/09/22
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid 18/09/22
Atletico Madrid latest away form
Atletico Madrid have recently been on a good run of form on the road, having lost just one of their 10 most recent matches. They managed to defeat Sevilla 2-0 in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and conceded two.
Getafe 0-3 Atletico Madrid 15/08/22
Valencia 0-1 Atletico Madrid 29/08/22
Real Sociedad 1-1 Atletico Madrid 03/09/22
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Atletico Madrid 13/09/22
Sevilla 0-2 Atletico Madrid 01/10/22
Club Brugge news
Club Brugge will again have to make do without the services of long-term absentee Mats Rits, who is nearing a return following a cruciate ligament rupture last season.
The hosts will also take to the pitch without the duo of Clinton Mata and Noa Lang, who will both miss out with ankle injuries.
Atletico Madrid news
Diego Simeone has a few injury issues heading into the contest, with defensive woes being of concern ahead of Tuesday.
Defenders Sergio Reguilon and Stefan Savic are expected to miss out through injury, but both have been unavailable since August, while Felipe continues a suspension in this competition from last season.
Prediction and Odds
Club Brugge head into the contest looking strong in this year’s Champions League but Atletico Madrid are always a threat when they need a result.
Home advantage will play a key role here against the visitors who are likely to play on the counter. So, we predict a draw to be the likely outcome.
Odds: 1 2.28 X 2.02 2 2.20
Club Brugge 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Club Brugge 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Club Brugge 2-2 Atletico Madrid
Club Brugge 0-1 Atletico Madrid
Club Brugge 1-2 Atletico Madrid