Belgian teams in Champions League preview

05.11.2019

Despite valiant efforts, neither KRC Genk nor Club Bruges managed to get a positive result on their own turf against Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain respectively… The Limburgians lost 1-4 to the Reds from Liverpool, while Club Bruges was pummelled to a 0-5 defeat. Now the Belgian top teams have to keep it together out of the fields of their stronger opponents: Liverpool hosts KRC Genk at Anfield at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, and Paris Saint-Germain opens the doors to the Parc des Princes for Club Bruges at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6… Can the brave Belgians slay their giants?

Liverpool – KRC Genk

So far this season in the English Premier League, Liverpool is overpowering its competitors, with 31 points from just 11 games – that’s nothing but victories, interspersed with 1 draw. Impressive as that may sound, the Reds aren’t invincible, as CL Group E competitor SSC Napoli bested them 2-0 earlier. Current Belgian Pro League champion KRC Genk, on the contrary, seems to be losing grip on the league it should be dominating, accentuated when it lost face against also-ran KAS Eupen with a 2-0 defeat. With 20 points out of 13 games, it finds itself in a lukewarm 8th position..

In their Group E, Liverpool is second-placed with 6 points, chasing SSC Napoli for group domination. A win here could prove its aspirations on all fronts. In recent times, there’s only the previous leg of this fixture between Liverpool and KRC Genk, and that game was convincingly won by Liverpool on a 1-4 scoreline. That means that the Limburgians have to score 4 times without conceding, while the notorious Anfield crowd is shouting against them… Let’s just hope for the best and see if they can make Belgium proud!

Statistics:

  • Head to head (1 games): 1 victory for Liverpool
  • Average goals per match: 5
  • Liverpool’s recent results (all competitions): draw-win-win-win-win
  • KRC Genk’s recent results (all competitions): loss-loss-win-draw-loss

Can KRC Genk crack Liverpool’s code with a quick first goal? ‘First goal: KRC Genk’ delivers with @5.00!

Paris Saint-Germain – Club Bruges

Paris Saint-Germain is leading the French Ligue 1, but a loss to relegation candidate Dijon dented the French powerhouse’s untouchable image. Taking only points into consideration, it has a comfortable 7-point advantage over its closest competitor, Ligue 1 revelation SCO Angers. On the other hand, it already lost 3 games this season, and drew none. Club Bruges, meanwhile, has steadily proven its form in its home league with a season track record of 33 points in 13 games. The West-Flemish outfit has not lost even once and can boast a 6-point lead over closest follower Standard Liège.

As far as recent games are concerned, these two met only one time before: a few weeks back, when Club Bruges staged a highly commendable stand against its star-studded opponent. However, the hopeful evening turned to a horror night pretty much as soon as Kylian Mbappé stepped onto the Jan Breydel pitch. The PSG star put 3 balls past Bruges goalie Simon Mignolet in what ended in a desolate 0-5 defeat. What can the best Belgian team of the season do against a team that seems to be already homing in on the Champions League title?

Statistics:

  • Head to head (1 games): 1 victory for Paris Saint-Germain
  • Average goals per match: 5
  • Paris Saint-Germain’s recent results (all competitions): win-win-win-win-loss
  • Club Bruges’s recent results (all competitions): win-loss-draw-win-win

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