Club Brugge and LASK go head to head at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Wednesday as the two look to fight for qualification into this year’s Champions League group stage at 8pm. The holds hold a slight advantage from the first leg having won by a solitary, but one goal for the visitors would cancel out that strike and make this tie a very interesting watch.
Club Brugge came through the previous round by seeing off Dynamo Kyiv over two legs, the first of which ending 1-0 in their favour. In the second half of the tie, Brugge drew 3-3 with the Ukranian outfit in a thrilling game away from home, winning on aggregate in the end. In between those encounters was a solid beating of Oostende, 0-2, and following it was a dull stalemate on home soil versus Eupen. Last time out, Club Brugge defeated their upcoming opponents thanks to an early hans Vanaken penalty to put them in the driving seat ahead of a tense clash this week.
LASK haven’t been in scintillating form since their elimination of Basel from the tournament, in which they were victorious by five goals to two overall having beaten the Swiss side 3-1 in the second leg after a brilliant 1-2 away win. Next was a difficult game against WSG Swarovski Tirol, where a late equalizer from Philipp Wiesinger was needed to level the score and prevent them from losing their first game since May. That defeat came soon after though as Brugge saw to their defeat, but Rapid Wien didn’t take advantage of that result when they were beaten 1-2 at the Allianz Stadium only four days later.
Brugge have kept clean sheets in five of their last six outings, winning four of those games. LASK have failed to keep the opposition out in each of their last four matches, not winning in two of their last three.
Whilst Brugge have been in great form, they have dried up in terms of goals. Only once in their last five matches have they hit the net more than twice, with a total of four goals in four games, excluding that draw in Ukraine. Three of LASK’s last five games have also had under three goals.
Club Brugge are undefeated in ten matches.
Brugge averaged 1.33 goals in their last three matches.
Brugge have scored first in four of their last five games.
Brandon Mechele is the sole injury concern for this one with a knee problem, and he’s not expected to start. Other than him, there are no injury doubts in the Brugge camp, which is a big plus for the Belgians. David Okereke is the leading scorer at the club with three in the league, but he is yet to find the net in three appearances in the Champions League qualifiers and will be hoping to change that here.
Inpyo Oh is expected to watch from the sidelines due to an ankle injury, while Christian Ramsebner should sit this one out as he recovers from an injury too. Marko Raguz has struck past opposition goalkeepers three times in the Austrian Bundesliga so far, and he got off the mark in the qualifiers versus Basel during his team’s impressive 3-1 victory earlier this month.