Club Brugge have a tough task when they start their Champions League campaign with a home game against the star-studded PSG. They are coming from a 3-0 win over Oostende in the Belgian league and while that’s a boost, it will be a different ball game here. The hosts have managed just three clean sheets in 10 matches while each of the last four matches have produced over 2.5 goals. They aren’t the strongest in the Champions League, with their last 12 matches producing five losses and just two wins. Brugge have conceded two or more goals in four of their last seven Champions League matches while they’ve failed to score in two of the last five matches in the competition. In their last five Champions League matches at home, Brugge have one win and three losses; they’ve conceded three or more goals in three of the five, and have one clean sheet.
PSG head to this game on five straight wins since their loss to Lille in the French Super Cup. They have scored two or more in each of the five matches and go here as outright favorites. The French giants are coming from a 4-0 win over Clermont and they will be stronger, with Lionel Messi and Neymar all returning. Sergio Ramos is still out injured and Presnel Kimpembe is a doubt while Angel Di Maria and Idrissa Gueye are suspended. Kylian Mbappe hasn’t attracted much love from the PSG fans after his antic during the transfer period but he should be happy this is an away game. He has scored four in the last three matches and remains a key man. PSG head to this game on three straight losses in the Champions League but in their last two campaigns, they’ve reached the semis and the final. They have five wins in nine Champions League matches and away from home in the competition, they’ve won three of four. Having picked wins at Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in their recent away games in the competition will give PSG the confidence they need.
Club Brugge are clear underdogs here; they haven’t done well at home in the Champions League and will get to face a very attacking side. Kylian Mbappe is on form while Messi and Neymar are well rested ahead of this game. It will be tough for the hosts. Go for PSG to lead in both halves.