Date: August 7, 2014
Venue: Brondby Stadium – Brondby, Denmark
Kick-off Time: 19:00 BST
Brondby will receive Club Brugge in a Europa League Qualifying match. Brondby are the most successful club in Denmark, having won 10 Danish Championships alongside six Danish Cups. On the other, hand their opponents Brugge have done well in Belgium, having won 13 Belgian First Divisions titles.
During their first-leg encounter, the Belgian side completely dominated their opponents and beat them 3-0. Now the Danish will have to put up a phenomenal showing if they are to have any chance to advance.
They have had a horrid start this season, currently sitting ninth in the table after three matches, not where they would want to be at this stage of the competition. The worst is they have only been able to score on one occasion during the four matches, and on average have been conceding 2.5 goals per game.
Brondby have never participated in the Europa League, which would mean it would be a great feat if they are to advance this difficult leg.
Club Brugge’s Form
Unlike the Danish side, Brugge have had a dream start to their season. They are undefeated in their fixtures so far, and will look to continue their good run of form.
What makes their run even more interesting is that Brugge are yet to concede a single goal in their competitive matches. Brugge have participated in the Europa League four times in their history, and are close to taking a step toward the fifth.
Brondby: Simon Makienok
Makienok has scored the only goal thus far for Brondby, they will hope he can bang in a few against Club Brugge if they are to have any chance of advancing to the next stage in the competition.
Club Brugge: Oscar Duarte
The Costa Rican defender has played a big part in Brugge’s defensive, he has shown leadership, and even demonstrated his ability to score, managing to put in a goal versus Brondby.
I expect Brondby to struggle to win this game – in fact I am quite enthused with the odds offered by BetFred for a drawn game, a 3.4 for that to happen. I also think this will shorten over time, so this might be the best time to put your money on a stalemate, and if you are looking at a bigger – and in turn, riskier – punt, try out a small bet on BetVictor’s 7.0 for a 1-1 drawn game.