Leicester have every chance of getting out of their first ever appearance in the Champions League group stages after being handed a favourable draw.
Along with their opponents on Wednesday night, Club Bruges, the Foxes have drawn Copenhagen and Porto. In order to make it into the last 16 Claudio Ranieri will be targeting a winning start in Bruges.
So here, Sportsmail gives you an ‘all you need to know’ about the clash at Jan Breydelstadion…
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri will be targeting a winning Champions League start in Bruges
Danny Simpson will be assessed by Leicester after travelling to Bruges with the squad despite suffering a hamstring injury on Saturday.
The defender came off in the 4-1 defeat at Liverpool and Luis Hernandez will replace him if the former Manchester United right-back fails to prove his fitness.
Jeff Schlupp is a doubt with a muscle strain while Nampalys Mendy is also struggling with an ankle injury he suffered against Arsenal last month. Islam Slimani is available to make his debut after a £29million move from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day and boss Claudio Ranieri must decide whether to start him or keep faith with Shinji Okazaki.
Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Hernandez, Wasilewski, Chilwell, Fuchs, Kapustka, Albrighton, Schlupp, Mendy, King, Amartey, Gray, Vardy, Musa, Ulloa, Okazaki, Slimani.
Spanish defender Luis Hernandez (left) could come in for Danny Simpson at right-back
Bruges boss Michel Preud’homme will not be able to call upon the injured Lior Refaelov and Wesley Moraes, but has Laurens De Bock, who is suspended domestically, at his disposal.
Provisional squad: Butelle, Bruzzese, Van Rhijn, Cools, Engels, Poulain, Denswil, Mechele, De Bock, Bolingoli, Simons, Claudemir, Pina, Vormer, Vanaken, Gedoz, Vossen, Diaby, Izquierdo, Limbombe and Storm.
Bruges boss Michel Preud’homme will not be able to call upon the injured Wesley Moraes
Where can I watch it?
For fans looking to watch the highly-anticipated game, you can catch it on BT Sport 2/ BT Sport 2HD, coverage begins at 7pm – 45 minutes before kick-off.
Club Bruges – 2/1
Draw – 12/5
Leicester – 17/11
(All odds subject to change)
Key match stats (supplied by Opta)
This is the first competitive encounter between Club Bruges and Leicester City.
Bruges’ only previous encounter with an English club in the European Cup/Champions League was in the 1978 final against Liverpool (0-1).
Bruges are winless in their last eight games against English clubs in all competitions (D2 L6), failing to keep a clean sheet in any of those games.
Leicester are the first English team to make their competition debut since Manchester City
This is Club Bruges’ fifth Champions League participation, their first since 2005-06. They have never reached the knockout stages, finishing third in their group in each of their four previous Champions League campaigns. In fact, only one Belgian club has ever reached the knockout stages of the Champions League: Gent, last season (eliminated in the Last 16).
Bruges have only kept two clean sheets in their last 15 Champions League games.
Leicester are in the Champions League for the first time in their history. They’re the first English team to make their debut in the competition since Manchester City in 2011-12.
This is Leicester’s first participation in European competition since the 2000-01 UEFA Cup when they were knocked out in the first round by Red Star Belgrade.
Ranieri’s best Champions League performance was a semi-final with Chelsea in 2003-04
This will be only Leicester’s ninth game in European competition. They are winless in the last six, with their only victories coming in the preliminary round of the 1961-62 Cup Winners Cup against Glenavon (4-1 & 3-1).
Bruges boss Preud’homme won only one of his six games in his sole group stage participation as manager, it was with Twente in 2010-11.
Leicester are the sixth club managed by Claudio Ranieri in the Champions League, only Carlo Ancelotti has more (seven). His best performance to date was a semi-final with Chelsea in 2003-04.
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