Date: December 11, 2014
Venue: Jan Breydelstadion, Brugge, Belgium
Kick-off time: 18:00 BST
The Europa League, Group B game between Club Brugge and HJK Helsinki will decide which team will go forward in the knockout stages. It will have effect on the fate of Torino who are playing against FC Copenhagen the same night.
Club Brugge are the most likely to go forward as the group leaders, but a loss or draw might cause problems. Helsinki is more or less out of the contention to qualify if they lose the game.
Club Brugge form: W-D-D-W-W
Club Brugge are currently first in the group with nine points against their name. Torino and Helsinki are not far behind and within striking distance to reclaim the top spot. Even if Helsinki defeat them in this game, but overcoming the better goal difference will be difficult for them.
Club Brugge can play safe and still proceed as group winners, provided Torino draw or lose.
HJK Helsinki form: W-W-W-W-W
Helsinki picked up form in the last two group matches, with impressive victories over Torino and Kobenhavn. After a disappointing start to their Europa League campaign, Helsinki will look to continue the same form against Brugge.
In the current scenario, Torino has to lose and Helsinki needs to win to progress in the next round. Helsinki’s form is not good away from home in Europe and being an away game the odds go against them.
Club Brugge: Matthew Ryan
The burly Australian goalkeeper is in fine form for the Belgian side and will look to continue the same. His reflexes and commanding style of keeping will be essential in the game against a tricky Helsinki side.
Helsinki’s good attack means that he has to be alert all the time and needs to learn from the earlier game with this team.
HJK Helsinki: Sebastian Mannstrom
As an attacking threat, Mannstrom will be looked at to create something for his teammates up front.
I think this match could end in a draw with Brugge qualifying for the knockout stages. the draw has a tempting odds associated with it; BetVictor offer 5.0 for that result.