After two games without a win it was normal service resumed for Man City as they beat Burnley to nil a the weekend, though anything less than that result would have been cause for concern, especially at home.
Back on the road again now, they’ll be looking to improve their away form as having gone on a run of 20 wins from 21 road trips, they’ve since gone W2-D1-L4 away from the Etihad when including the Community Shield defeat to Leicester.
Brugge haven’t exactly been on scintillating form, though they have been notably difficult to beat. A heavy away defeat to Gent is their only loss in their 14 games so far this season as they sit second in the Jupiler League on goal difference.
They’ve won half of their last eight outings and while that’s not a poor record, the fact that three of those four victories came against middle-third Belgian League sides isn’t exactly relevant when coming up against a side of City’s calibre.
It’s rare that Brugge host English clubs, with the only two since the turn of the century being Man United and Leicester in 2015 and 2016, with those matches finishing 4-0 and 3-0 to the respective English sides. That said, that will have little bearing on the outcome against City here, and in truth their European form has improved of late.
Brugge +2 Handicap
They’ve lost just five of their last 22 Champions League games and although that run does include a few qualifiers, they’ve avoided defeat against Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Lazio, PSG, and Leipzig in that run, so this certainly isn’t a foregone conclusion.
That’s even more the case considering Man City’s recent away form, and while Pep Guardiola’s outfit are never shy of putting big numbers on their opponents, that’s been happening less frequently on the road of late.
Indeed, they’ve scored two or fewer in 13 of their last 14 away games, and one or fewer in four of their five this year. While it’s unlikely that City are going to drop points from this outing, the handicap looks to offer the best value in getting the hosts onside.
Ferran Torres aside, their seems to be no major injury news for either side heading into this one so we can assume full strength sides will be taking to the field on Tuesday night, which leaves us very sceptical of the hosts chances of taking maximum points, or even a draw from this game, though with the fact that they’ve netted in each of their last 12 home games, scoring two or more in 2/3rds of those outings, they could cause a few issues here and we’re happy to get them on the handicap.
BRUGGE +2 HANDICAP