Club Brugge failed their title’s defence last season, losing the league to Anderlecht
Club Brugge: This year however, they seem to be on track to win their desired title, since they have won all the 3 matches played so far in the Belgian league.
They are an offensive team, who likes to attack and take control of the match, playing and exchanging the ball with some speed on the final third of the pitch, with a lot of advance down the wings.
Brugge has played the previous round of Champions League’s qualification stage but ended up being eliminated by the Turks of Basaksehir, with a 3-3 draw at home and a 2-0 defeat away from home.
Last year they participated in the Champions League’s group stage, drawing a relatively easy but balanced group, but they ended up finishing last with 0 points and were poor in their performances.
The Europa League seems to be more fitting for this team, and they are favourites to go through in this tie against AEK Athens.
AEK Athens: The Greeks have made an interesting campaign last season, which allowed them to return into the Champions League’s qualifying rounds, but against CSKA Moscow.
The Greeks didn’t present enough arguments and they ended up defeated in both legs, 2-0 at home and 1-0 in Russia.
On this team, we can find several Portuguese players, such as Hélder Lopes, André Simões and experienced striker Hugo Almeida, who proved to be helpless against the Russian powerhouse CSKA.
Truth be told, they didn’t show enough quality to deserve Champions League football this season.
Even in this Europa League they should struggle, since Brugge is an experienced team on European competitions, who is already well oiled in this new season, while AEK hasn’t even started their league yet.
Club Brugge vs AEK Athens Pick:
Club Brugge, in normal conditions, should win this match. The Greeks are a convenient opponent here.
I didn’t see much quality from them against the Russians and in Belgium they should struggle.
Their different sectors seem to be detached, and they try to play direct football despite having almost no creativity on their attacks.
Brugge plays in a more compelling style, with a fiercer and sharper attacking movement.
The odds for the Belgians are good and should decrease until Thursday.
So I think the better option is to take Brugge to win now, since they should have no trouble beating this AEK team that is well within their reach.