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Oct 28, 2020 at 8pm UK at Jan Breydelstadion
BruggeClub Brugge
1-1
LazioLazio
Vanaken (42' pen.)
Diatta (32'), Bonaventure (69'), Rits (88')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Correa (14')
Fares (35'), Patric (40'), Hoedt (45'), Akpa-Akpro (59'), Czyz (76')

Preview: Club Brugge vs. Lazio - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Champions League clash between Club Brugge and Lazio, including prediction, team news and possible lineups.

Club Brugge meet Roman giants Lazio for the first time in their history at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Wednesday night, as both sides look to capitalise on a strong start to Champions League Group F.

After opening victories - Brugge winning 2-1 away at Zenit St Petersburg, while Lazio completed an impressive defeat of Borussia Dortmund in Rome - a second win would put either side in the driver's seat, with last-16 qualification becoming ever more tangible.


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Lazio players celebrate Ciro Immobile's goal against Borussia Dortmund in October 2020© Reuters

The hosts' fine victory in Russia last week - earned by virtue of a stoppage time goal from Charles De Ketelaere - was just their second win in 21 Champions League matches and the first time since 1992 that they had won their opening Champions League fixture.

Philippe Clement's side, who claimed their 16th Belgian league title in 2019-20 and third in the last five seasons, have had a mixed start to their domestic defence, however.

Having lost two of their first three league games this season, they then went on to win five in a row, scoring 17 goals and conceding only three in the process. They have dropped points either side of their European exploits though - drawing 1-1 at Standard Liege then surprisingly going down 2-1 at OH Leuven on Saturday.

The Blauw-Zwart certainly do not lack confidence in front of goal, though, as they are the leading scorers in the Belgian top flight this season, with 23 goals. Top scorers Krepin Diatta and Hans Vanaken have five each in the league and both featured prominently in the Zenit triumph.

Wednesday's clash with Lazio now provides Clement's charges with real hope of taking a foothold in a well-balanced Group F. Though Brugge are in the group stage for a third year in a row - the first time they have achieved such a feat - they have never progressed to the knockout rounds in eight attempts.

In fact, they have won none of their last 10 home matches in the group stage, losing six. Their record against Italian sides will do little to inspire confidence, too, as they have failed to score in their last four games and are without a win in their last nine matches versus sides from the peninsula.

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi pictured on October 20, 2020© Reuters

Lazio's similarly meagre recent record is also cause for concern. Though the Biancocelesti's sixth Champions League campaign began with that excellent win over hotly-tipped Dortmund, last week's was only Lazio's second victory in their last 12 Champions League games.

Simone Inzaghi's men have lost their last five European away fixtures, including several in a not especially challenging Europa League group last year.

Like their hosts, Lazio have had a varied start to the new term, as their post-lockdown inconsistency continues. Having won none of their previous three Serie A matches, including three-goal defeats to both Atalanta and Sampdoria, Saturday's 2-1 success at home to Bologna came as a huge relief.

Their coach acknowledged after the game that his task is set to be much more difficult this season, as they traverse the Champions League group stage amid a packed fixture list.

Squad rotation will be "fundamental" stated Inzaghi, though Ciro Immobile - who scored 36 Serie A goals last season and got the first against Dortmund, before again scoring against Bologna - is one player who is simply indispensable. However, reports from training on Tuesday suggested that Immobile is one of several players affected by a pre-match COVID-19 outbreak.

Club Brugge Champions League form: W
Club Brugge form (all competitions): WWWDWL

Lazio Champions League form: W
Lazio form (all competitions): WLDLWW


Team News

Philippe Clement pictured during his time in charge of Genk in April 2019© Reuters

In a major boost for the home side, Champions League stalwart Simon Mignolet, defender Odilon Kossounou and Czech forward Michael Krmencik, who all tested positive for COVID-19 a week ago, have now re-tested negative and have been back in training since Sunday morning.

Coach Clement employed a much-changed 3-5-2 in the weekend defeat to OH Leuven, after utilising a flexible 4-3-3 against Zenit. Rested striker Emmanuel Dennis will return to the starting XI, with young Senegalese striker Youssouph Badji dropping out.

Luis Alberto, Andreas Pereira, Lucas Leiva, Manuel Lazzari, Danilo Cataldi, Luiz Felipe and Thomas Strakosha are the Lazio players named alongside star striker man Immobile as being affected by the latest virus outbreak.

Pepe Reina, Felipe Caicedo and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro are among those who will be drafted in.

Experienced defender Stefan Radu has missed Lazio's last two games due to an injury to his right thigh and midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic suffered a knock against Dortmund but may be ready for Wednesday night. Veteran wing-back Senad Lulic is still out of action though.

Club Brugge possible starting lineup:
Mignolet; Mata, Mechele, Ricca, Sobol; Vormer, Rits, Vanaken; Diatta, Dennis, De Ketelaere

Lazio possible starting lineup:
Reina; Patric, Hoedt, Acerbi; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Akpa Akpro, Fares; Caicedo, Correa


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We say: Club Brugge 1-2 Lazio

Neither side has excelled at this level in recent history, so it was something of a surprise to see both sitting top of Group F after opening night victories.

As Lazio look for three wins on the spin, the guile of their experienced front line can defy a pre-match virus outbreak to continue their upswing in form - and prolong Brugge's terrible record against Italian teams.


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Who will win Wednesday's Champions League clash between Club Brugge and Lazio?

Club Brugge
Draw
Lazio
Club Brugge
0.0%
Draw
33.3%
Lazio
66.7%
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Genk1484231181328
2Beerschot WilrijkBeerschot VA149143833528
3Club BruggeBrugge1483329111827
4Royal AntwerpAntwerp147432619725
5Standard Liege146621712524
6CharleroiCharleroi147252216623
7Anderlecht145722318522
8KV OostendeOostende155461918119
9KortrijkKortrijk145452121019
10Leuven135442324-119
11Cercle BruggeCercle Brugge146082125-418
12GentGent145182123-216
13EupenEupen133731620-416
14Zulte WaregemZulte144281928-914
15MechelenMechelen143381926-712
16Waasland-BeverenWaasland143381930-1112
17Sint-Truiden142571727-1011
18Royal Excel MouscronMouscron13247921-1210

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