Club Brugge are off to a difficult start in the Belgian First Division A, managing only a solitary win in their first six matches. Goals have unsurprisingly been scarce, with their six goals spread across six goalscorers. A match under the lights against the English champions may be just what they need to jump start their season. Leicester have had a rocky beginning as reigning champions, including a 4-1 drubbing by Liverpool over the weekend, and are likewise in need of some momentum. New signing Ahmed Musa could provide just that - he's clearly getting adjusted to his new squad, but his incredible speed could be the spark the Foxes need to get a win in their first ever Champions League match.
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.
Last year’s improbable season gives Leicester a chance to prove themselves at the highest possible level (sorry, World Cup). While it would be foolish to discount their chances, competing in the Champions League in addition to defending their Premier League title and playing in two domestic cups is a tall order for any club - let alone one that was built a year ago for one purpose: avoiding relegation. The Foxes managed to hold onto the talent they need to get out of the group stage, the question is whether they have to squad depth to compete on multiple fronts.
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.