Club Brugge – Belgian Surprise in the Champions League
When the group stage draw was defined, the betting community considered Club Brugge unlikely to progress to the upcoming Round of 16.
Group B drawing reserved to the Belgians a Champions League winner (FC Porto), and two teams that were runners-up in the past: Atlético Madrid and Bayer 04.
However, after 3 rounds played, the Belgians are leading Group B with 9 points. All other teams have collected three points and need to fight in the last 3 rounds to try to reach the knockout stage.
Matchday 4: Qualification in advance?
Atlético Madrid will be the hosts against them in the upcoming match next Wednesday. The Belgians defeated them at home in the third round.
If Brugge wins again, they will qualify regardless of the result of Bayer Leverkusen – FC Porto.
If there is a winner in the game between the Germans and the Portuguese, Brugge will qualify if they collect just one more point, so even a draw in Spain could seal their qualification in advance!
UEFA Champions League Group B: betting scenario
The Spaniards are considered the favorites to win this game against Brugge, their current odds in the 1×2 market are 1.45 to win the game. In the Asian Handicap scenario, Brugge has generous lines of +1.25 @1.84 right now.
In my opinion, considering their winning streak and recent victory against Atlético Madrid, this handicap can’t be justified and we seem to be before a value bet.
In the other game, however, I don’t see such extremes, although FC Porto +0.25 with odds around even does sound somewhat attractive considering their recent victory in Portugal against the Germans. Bayer 04 is just 15th in the Bundesliga classification table, while Porto is fighting for the title in their domestic league.
How far can Brugge go in the UEFA Champions League?
It’s hard to tell, but we can say they are showing that they have what it takes to compete and possibly present us with good opportunities in the betting markets.
The betting markets often care way too much about distant history and fail to acknowledge the bright moments of rising stars.
So it is most definitely recommended to keep an eye on Brugge in the upcoming UEFA Champions League games.
Club Brugge: UEFA Champions League Betting Tips
Rising stars, however, are prone to instability, which means there’s a professionals’ secret to dealing with such teams in the betting markets: make the most of the in-running markets.
Nowadays, waiting until kick-off time and watching the first minutes of a game can reduce the risk of betting significantly. A former mentor of mine, a professional bettor, used to say that betting wisely is like studying to get good grades. Studying and waiting for the live betting scenario is like cheating on a test!
Make the most of the live betting markets by reading our betting guides and previews before trying your luck live!