Atletico Madrid need just one more point to seal top spot in Group A when they face Club Brugge on Tuesday evening.
Date: Tuesday, 11 December 2018 / Kick-Off at 20:00 UK /Venue: Jan Breydelstadion (Brugge)
The Belgian side have shown they can be tough rivals in Europe this term, but they sit third place and will now play in the Europa League – meaning Tuesday’s game could be a rather laboured affair against Atleti.
The Spanish side do have something to play for though, as they seek to seal top spot over Borussia Dortmund, who sit in second place and are favourites to get a win over French side AS Monaco.
Both sides had good wins at the weekend with Atleti beating Alaves and Brugge beating Standard Liege 3-0, but the previous tie between the two did end in the Spanish capital outfit’s favour.
Diego Simeone has already stated that his side are determined to make up this season for their early exit from the Champions League last season and they have done just that so far, losing one of their opening five group stage matches.
Jelle Vossen and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld are ruled out for Club Bruge until 2019, while Thibault Vlietinck, Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, Dion Cools, Krépin Diatta and Clinton Mata are doubts.
Benoit Poulain was sent off at the weekend but his suspension will not carry over into this week’s match against Atletico Madrid.
Stefan Savic is suspended for Atletico Madrid and Lucas Hernandez is ruled out through injury, leaving Atletico short at the back once again. Angel Correa, Jose Gimenez and Thomas will miss Atletico’s next match in the Champions League if they are booked in midweek.
Diego Godin, Juanfran and Filipe Luís are all fitness concerns after missing out at the weekend. 19-year-old Francisco Montero may be required in defence in midweek.
Saúl Ñíguez may also have to continue at left-back if Luis fails to recover from injury in time.
Club Brugge: Horvath, Poulain, Denswil, Mechele, Diatta, Nakamba, Vormer, Vlietnick, Vanaken, Rits, Wesley
Atleti: Oblak, Arias, Montero, Gimenez, Saul Niguez, Koke, Rodrigo, Partey, Griezmann, Kalinic, Correa