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Manchester City VS Club Brugge Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 04/11/2021

Manchester City VS Club Brugge Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 04/11/2021

Pep Guardiola’s men welcome Club Brugge to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday 3 November, with kick-off scheduled for 20:00 (UK). The match is being broadcast live on BT Sport 3 in the UK but, for those living elsewhere around the world, our global TV listings at the foot of this page will show you how you can tune in, wherever you are in the world. Our Matchday Centre will also provide minute-by-minute coverage of all the action as it unfolds on mancity.com and the official Man City app, while you can also keep up-to-date with the key moments on Twitter: @ManCity.

Former City duo Michael Brown and Shaun Goater will be in the Matchday Live studios for our clash against the Belgian champions. Two of the heroes from our famous 1999 Division Two play-off final victory, Brown and Goater will offer their expert insight on Pep’s current crop ahead of the match, before reconvening for a half-time debrief and full-time assessment.

A James McAtee hat-trick had helped Brian Barry-Murphy’s young charges into a 3-1 lead with around 25 minutes to play but a stunning late comeback saw the visitors claim all three points in a pulsating, end-to-end encounter at the Academy Stadium. Cisse Sandra had twice reduced the deficit before Arne Engels made it three each from the penalty spot, and late Lynnt Audoor and Mathis Servais strikes saw the away side ride the momentum to snatch victory. The setback means City sit third in Group A but remain within touching distance of both Brugge and Paris Saint-Germain.

With three teams finely poised on five points in Group A, both City and Brugge came into the clash knowing victory could go a long way to securing qualification for the knockout stages. And it was the visitors who threatened first, with Arne Engels forcing a smart save from Cieran Slicker down to his right after finding a pocket of space on the edge of the City box.Manchester City will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they face Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s side have suffered a difficult week, as they finally surrendered their grip on the Carabao Cup after West Ham became the first team to knock them out of the competition in over five years. Another loss followed on Saturday when Crystal Palace visited the Etihad, with goals from Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher seeing City slip five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

A strong response is paramount on Wednesday, as the Blues can go within a point of qualifying for the knockout stages should they defeat Brugge again. City had little trouble in doing so a fortnight ago when they comfortably won 5-1 in Belgium and a similar result would help to forget the past week. Guardiola has a bit of a dilemma on his hands with his team selection, though.

Does he name his strongest side so they can stick a few past Brugge and get a bit of a confidence boost? Or does he rest some of his most important stars due to the quick turnaround for the Manchester derby, which will kick-off at 12:30pm on Saturday? It’s a fine balance that the manager will have to strike but, either way, Ederson is guaranteed to start in goal.

It will be up there with some of the biggest shocks in Champions League history should Manchester City not be able to see off Club Brugge at the Etihad on Wednesday evening. The Belgian side are a huge 29/1 to come away from the Etihad with three points but few will be tempted even by that price given the obvious class gulf between these sides when they met last month.City hit Brugge for five at the Jan Breydelstadion, racking up 21 efforts on goal in the process, and a similar scenario looks on the cards when Philippe Clement’s side come to Manchester on Wednesday night.

However, it might be unwise to underestimate a Brugge side that has already won at Leipzig and held PSG to a draw in this group. They have also not failed to score in any away game they have played this season. City have been led the way in terms of defensive stats in the Premier League but they have already conceded five goals in the 2021/22 Champions League, which is one more than in all 13 games of last year’s competition.

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