By 90Min
December 10, 2018

Club Brugge welcome Atlético Madrid to the Jan Breydel Stadium for both side's final Group C game. 

Both Atleti and Brugge's Champions League fate has already been decided going into this match, with Atlético guaranteed qualification into the next round and Brugge set to drop into the Europa League.

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However, Diego Simeone's side must beat Brugge if they are to secure top spot in Group A. Having beaten the Belgian side 3-1 in the reverse fixture in October, Atlético are clear favourites to win the game and to finish above Borussia Dortmund.

Check out 90min's preview of the game below.

Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off? Tuesday 11th December
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Jan Breydel Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport Extra
Referee? Davide Massa

Team News

Atlético Madrid will go into their clash with Club Brugge light with a myriad of injuries to their backline. While Diego Godin and Filipe Luis are expected to return from injury, Simeone's side will be without Lucas Hernandez (MCL injury) and Stefan Savic who is suspended for the game. Juanfran is also expected to miss out with a calf injury, whilst Diego Costa is yet to return from his foot surgery. 

Club Brugge have only two injury concerns as they prepare for their daunting test against Atlético. Jelle Vossen is a long-term injury absentee having ruptured the intra articular ligament in his knee, whilst Arnaut Danjuma is a doubt with an ankle injury.

Predicted Lineups

Club Brugge Horvath, Mata, Poulain, Mechele, Denswil, Vormer, Nakamba, Ambrabat, Bonaventure, Wesley, Vanaken.
Atlético Madrid Oblak, Arias, Godín, Giménez, Filipe Luis, Lemar, Thomas, Hernández, Saúl, Kalinic, Griezmann.

Head to Head Record

This is only the second time these two clubs have faced each other, with the previous fixture coming in October this year.

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In that match, Atlético Madrid came out on top as they beat Brugge 3-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano. Antoine Grizemann helped himself to a brace on the day, as Koke scored in stoppage time to secure victory. 

Recent Form

Club Brugge go into this game in poor form, having won just once in their last five games. In that time, the Belgian side have conceded seven goals and scored six. In the Champions League, Brugge have just one victory in Group A, but did earn a respectable draw to Borussia Dortmund last time round.

Atlético Madrid, meanwhile, have been in good form lately having won three of their last five and drawn two. Simeone's side have been in excellent goalscoring form, scoring 11 goals in their last five and have also kept three clean sheets in that time. They are currently third in La Liga and just three points behind league leaders Barcelona.

Here's how the two sides have performed in their last five fixtures:

Club Brugge Atlético Madrid
Waasland-Beveren 2-1 Club Brugge (07/12) Atlético Madrid 3-0 Alavés (08/12)
Club Brugge 3-0 Standard Liége (02/12) Atlético Madrid 4-0 Sant Andreu (05/12)
Dortmund 0-0 Club Brugge (28/11) Girona 1-1 Atlético Madrid (02/12)
Club Brugge 1-3 Zulte Waregmen (23/11) Atlético Madrid 2-0 Monaco (28/11)
Charleroi 2-1 Club Brugge (10/11) Atlético Madrid 1-1 Barcelona (24/11)


A club of Atlético Madrid's stature will always be expected to beat a club like Club Brugge and the form table suggests that Simeone's side will do exactly that.

Despite earning a reputation for their defensive doggedness under Simeone, Atlético have been scoring goals for fun recently and have had eight different goalscorers in their last five games. 

With Dortmund set to face a struggling Monaco side, Atlético Madrid will surely have to beat Brugge if they are to finish top of Group A and thus Simeone will not be taking the game lightly. Expect a full strength Atlético side to feature on Tuesday evening and to win comfortably.

Prediction: Club Brugge 0-2 Atlético Madrid

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