A cool injury time penalty from 20-year old Portuguese striker Andre Silva proved the difference-maker last time, as FC Porto stole a 2-1 win, denying Club Brugge's first points in the competition. Silva has nine goals in seven matches and has caught the eye of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, despite his €60m buy-out clause. With Leicester City virtually guaranteed to go through barring a catastrophic collapse and upstart FC Copenhagen in second, FC Porto need a decisive win to get back in control of their own destiny in the group. Brugge, meanwhile, are just looking to maintain some pride as they've only scored a single goal so far. They've struggled for goals domestically as well - defender Dion Cools is their joint top-scorer with three goals and the best name - but maybe the warmth of Lisbon can ignite something in them.
Porto are in the midst of an uncharacteristic trophyless drought, having not won anything for two seasons - the first time they’ve done so since 1981. They’ve brought in Valencia manager Nuno and kept hold of captain Hector Herrera and Algerian attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi. There will be intense focus on winning a domestic trophy this season, but in a group that includes FC København, Club Brugge and Leicester City, there is no reason why they couldn’t simultaneously make progress in the Champions League. After a couple years in the wilderness, it could be a return to form for the Dragons.
Brugge are in the group stage for the first time since 2005-06 and will have a decent chance to progress to the knockout rounds with København, Porto and Leicester alongside them in Group G. They’ll need to drastically improve on their Europa League campaign last season, with their best performance being a 1-0 win at home over Legia Warsaw before finishing third in their group. Domestically, on their way to becoming Belgian champions, they were led by Abdoulay Diaby and Jelle Vossen who each scored 13 in the league. Brugge brought in defensive midfielder Tomas Pina from Villareal over the summer, who should provide some solidarity.
One of three captains ever to win each of the Champions League, European Championship and the World Cup.
A box-to-box midfielder and key component of the Mexican national team.
Simons is still captaining Brugge from defensive midfield at 39 and is the second-most capped Belgian player of all time.
His volley in added time in the 2015 Belgian Cup final gave Club Brugge their first trophy in eight years.