A place in the last-sixteen of the Champions League is guaranteed for Atletico Madrid irrespective of the result of their meeting with Club Brugge on Tuesday evening, however the Spanish side still need to win their final group match to ensure that they go through as group winners, something which we confidently predict will happen.
Atletico are firmly in control of their own destiny after they swung things very much their way thanks to a 2-0 win over group rivals Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga side subsequently failing to find a way past Brugge in what ended as a goal-less draw and Atletico beating Monaco the same evening. As such, the Spaniards find themselves enjoying a two-point lead at the summit of the table and while they are already assured of progression in the competition, boss Diego Simeone will clearly be looking to secure top-spot with a win on Tuesday, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Club Brugge v Atletico Madrid.
The only European points dropped by Atletico Madrid this season were against Borussia Dortmund in what was an emphatic 4-0 defeat in Germany, however they have otherwise been extremely solid and we don’t envisage them having too many problems when they travel to Belgium for their final group match.
As far as Brugge are concerned, they can at least look forward to their participation in the Europa League given that they remain four points clear of rock-bottom side Monaco with just a single match left to play. Brugge thrashed Monaco 4-0 away from home earlier in the campaign and there is every possibility that they could give Atletico a bloody nose on home soil although we feel that the best that the hosts will manage will be a consolation goal, BetVictor Bookmakers going 27/10 on Atletico Madrid to win and both teams to score.