Group G is still wide-open with Leicester the only team taking full points from the first fixture. They beat Club Brugge comfortably in Belgium leaving Brugge alone at the bottom of the group with zero points. All of that could change for the Belgians on Tuesday if they manage a win against FC Copenhagen as Leicester play Porto. They got a much needed 3-0 win on Friday in the Belgian league, but still sit in seventh place after eight matches. Meanwhile, Copenhagen are comfortably in first in Denmark with a four point margin and and a 2-0 win on Saturday. Paraguayan striker Federico Santander is on managers' shopping lists across Europe, allegedly including David Moyes, who is eager to suck the joy out of the 25 year old's life. However, Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken claims, “It is out of the question to sell him. There will be no sale in winter." Santander should be the star of this match as the Danish side look to edge closer to a knockout round appearance.
The first Danish team to ever reach the group stages, FC Copenhagen are back in the competition after two years in the Europa League. The current Danish champions have a decent chance to repeat that feat with Club Brugge, FC Porto and Leicester City rounding out their group. They’ll have to do so without winger Nicolai Jørgensen, who was last season’s top scorer. Forward Federico Santander, their second highest scorer, will shoulder the goalscoring burden alongside København’s usual influx of young Danish talent. Having managed a draw against Barcelona the last time they made it to the knockout stages, getting out of this group is not an unrealistic aim.
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.
A regular starter of the Danish national team, Kvist acts as København’s midfield general.
The Paraguayan scored 14 goals in his first season in Copenhagen.
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.