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Borussia Dortmund vs Club Brugge Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

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Erling Haaland takes to the air to celebrate one of his two goals against Club Brugges in the reverse fixture | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund host the reigning Belgian champions Club Brugge in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening.

Lucien Favre’s BVB top their tightly-contested group, sitting two points ahead of Club Brugge with Serie A side Lazio sandwiched between the pair after three games. The force of nature that is Erling Haaland netted twice when Dortmund last faced Club Brugges, and has only added more goals and personal accolades in the three weeks since.

Club Brugge have only ever reached the Champions League group stage eight times since its rebranding, never progressing to the knockout stages. However, they have earned a passage to the Europa League by finishing third in each of the past two seasons, the same position they currently occupy and one which won’t likely be decided by their results against a Borussia Dortmund team with loftier ambitions.

When Is Kick Off? Tuesday 24 November
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (GMT)
Where Is it Played? Signal Iduna Park
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport Extra 4, CBS Sports (USA)
Referee? Ivan Kruzliak

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Dan-Axel Zagadou is yet to make an appearance for Borussia Dortmund this season | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Aside from long-term absentees Dan-Axel Zagadou and Marcel Schmelzer, Favre has a raft of players to select from, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham starting on the bench for their 5-2 battering of Hertha BSC at the weekend.

Club Brugge are likely to be without a trio of defenders; while Matej Mitrovic recovers from a long-term heel injury and Federico Ricca is yet to find full match fitness, Eduard Sobol tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Ukraine.

Borussia Dortmund: Burki; Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Witsel, Bellingham; Sancho, Reyna, Hazard; Haaland

Club Brugge: Mignolet; Mata, Kossounou, Deli, De Cuyper; Vormer, Rits, Vanaken; Diatta, Dennis, De Ketelaere

Amid one or two hiccups, Dortmund’s overall start to the season has been quietly impressive. After another convincing victory on the weekend, BVB sit second in a Bundesliga table where the top four are separated by just two points eight games into the campaign.

While their youth-infused attack has been as deadly as ever, that they have conceded just seven league goals – the third lowest in the division – is perhaps more promising. Dortmund can even take positives from their loss to Bayern Munich before the international break, as they created the better chances in a match which highlighted some flaws in the reigning champions.

After two defeats in their opening three games, Club Brugge have returned to the summit of Belgium’s top flight, the competition they were awarded last season after the campaign was prematurely cut short due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, before recording back-to-back domestic victories either side of the November international break, Club Brugge were winless in four as they continue to chop and change formation.

Here’s how each side has fared in their last five outings.

Borussia Dortmund

Hertha BSC 2-5 Borussia Dortmund (21/11)
Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bayern Munich (7/11)
Club Brugge 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (4/11)
Arminia Bielefeld 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (31/10)
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg (28/10)

Club Brugge

Club Brugge 1-0 KV Kortrijk (21/11)
KV Oostende 1-3 Club Brugge (8/11)
Club Brugge 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (4/11)
Club Brugge 2-2 KV Mechelen (31/10)
Club Brugge 1-1 Lazio (28/10)

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Hans Vanaken celebrates his equaliser against Lazio on matchday two of the Champions League | Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

Club Brugge’s impressive 1-1 draw at home to Lazio – which could have been a win had the hosts been more clinical – suggested the Belgian champs have the potential to mix it with the group’s favourites.

However, they were blown away by an electric half-hour from Dortmund and have won just two of their last 23 fixtures in the Champions League proper. If the defensive improvement to Favre’s side continues, Dortmund’s aspirations will lie well beyond beating Club Brugge at home on Tuesday night.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Club Brugge

Source: 90mins

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