Club Brugge had a difficult evening in Athens back in Tuesday where they were hosted by Panathinaikos for the first leg of Champions League qualifiers. They lost 2:1 there so everything will be judged in the rematch that will be held next Wednesday at Brugge. Although they scored first and missed some good opportunities for a second goal, they suffered the equalizer before half time, but despite the fact that since 44th minute Panathinaikos played with ten men, they managed to lose the game conceding a goal in the second half from the penalty spot.
The domestic league also started in the worst possible way as they lost 2:1 away to newcomers Sint Truiden. There they had a very mediocre game and according to the match reports even a point would not be a fair result. Now they have to face Mechelen at home, with their minds to be on the Champions league rematch on Wednesday. The situation is not the best for Brugge as they will miss a couple of players and some will be rested also. Left winger Lior Refaelov, goalkeeper Sinan Bolat, defender Bjorn Engels, right back Thomas Meunier, midfielder Claudemir, right winger Gedoz, right winger Bernie Ibini-Isei and striker Nicolas Castillo are all out due to injuries, while right back Davy De fauw and striker Tom de Sutter left out of the squad to be rested.
Mechelen did not started the season well too. They lost in the first game of the league away to Oostende 3:1, but they played there with significant absences in the defense and were lined up with an experimental defensive duo. They were found losing 2-0 at 50th minute, re-entered the game at 59th minute (2-1), but failed to achieve something more and in injury time they accepted the third goal.
The good news for Mechelen are that both key central defenders Seth de Witte and Milos Kosanovic are back in action and both will play in the main eleven today. There are no more problems for Mechelen, except the absence of right midfielder Tim Matthys due to injury. Dalibor Veselinovic and Jens Naessens will play in attack.
Club Brugge comes from successive negative results, they have their mind to the critical rematch against Panathinaikos and have a number of absences to take care. Mechelen is clearly underestimated by the odds, they are not that bad and they have the roster to take something out from this game.
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