Preview Aalborg BK Vs FC Brügge 20 February 2015. The first leg match will be played at Nordjyske Arena (Aalborg) on Thursday, the 20. February at 19.00 CET. It is AaB's first competitive match of 2015, and the most recent were back in December. In the mean time, Club Brügge have played a total of 14 competitive matches and Aalborg might suffer a defeat due to being out of shape and lack of competitive form.
AaB managed to qualify for the Round of 32 in the UEFA Europa League as the number two in Group J with a total of 9 points, eliminating teams like Steaua Bukarest and Rio Ave. However, the hosts haven’t played a competitive match since their UEL match against Rio in December and the current form of the Danish squad is rather questionable at the moment. Since December 2014, Aalborg have played seven friendly matches without any remarkable success, winning only one, drawing three and losing three. In this stretch, the hosts played five of these games at home, but didn’t manage to win any of these, losing three of their last four games.
Further AaB didn’t make any noticeable trades in the completed transfer period and are expected to start with more or less the same line-up as in their most recent match in December against Rio Ave. The hosts are without important left-back Donny Gorter but except of him, they’ll start with the strongest line-up possible.
Now the Danish champion’s face a rather strong opponent in the Europe League, and the former champions will face a great challenge returning from a long period without any comparable matches in regard to competitiveness. Furthermore, AaB havn’t been playing at the same level compared to their strong performances last year, and their recent results from the Danish Superliga have been rather disappointing. The hosts are located in the middle of the Danish table with a record of 5-7-5 and a goal difference of 16-14, representing one of the poorest offenses in the Danish League. With a total scoring of only 16 goals the hosts manage to average under one goal per game, which ranks their offense as the second poorest in the Superliga, with players like N. Helenius and T. Augustinussen out of form.
Thus, the hosts will need their strongest striker A. Jacobsen (4 goals) to step up if they are to stand a chance against a strong Club Brügge squad. Worth mentioning, the hosts are usually strong at home and their performance in the Europe League this far has been impeccable with 3 home wins out of 3 possible. The hosts managed to win against teams like Steaua Bukarest, Dynamo Kyiv and Rio Ave. Now AaB faces Club Brügge, which is a team that dominates most of the Danish teams in regard to quality and we expect the out of shape hosts to struggle for points at home this Thursday.
FC BrüggeClub Brügge goes unbeaten into the 1st leg of the Round of 32 in the UEFA Europe League, winning group B with a record of 3-3-0 and a total of 12 points. The visitors have been dominating both their domestic league as well as the Europe League and they have been playing some really decent football this year. Further, they have already eliminated two other Danish teams in this years Europe League, dominating both Brøndby as well as FC Kopenhagen. Club Brügge managed to own both of them, winning with a total score of 5-0 against Agger and Brøndby and a total of 5-1 against the strongest Danish team FCK. Now the third Danish team awaits and although AaB may call themselves defending Superliga champs, they haven’t managed to repeat last year’s success in the Danish League and Club Brugge should be able to exploit the hosts weakness’ around the pitch. The visitors are in great form and have opposed to Aalborg played a total of 14 competitive matches since December. Further, Club Brügge are unbeaten in 35 out of their last 36 matches! The visitors are ranked as number one in the Belgian Jupiler League with a record of 14-10-2 and a goal difference of 61-25, managing to average more than 2 goals per game. At the moment Club Brügge has an advantage of 4 points in front of the defending champions from Anderlecht, and the strong visitors should be able to recapture this year’s title. Further, they should have a great chance of qualifying for the next round of the Europe League, and we expect them to finish off AaB away this Thursday already.
Worth knowing about Aalborg BK - FC Brügge
- This is the 1st leg of the Round 32 in the UEFA Europe League.
- AaB hasnt played a competitive match since December 2014.
- Club Brügge has eliminated both Danish teams FCK and Brøndby from UEL.
- Club Brügge are unbeaten in this years UEL.
- AaB have won all three games at home in this years UEL.
- Weather: 5°C temps with 8 km/h winds and 4 mm of rain.
- Nordjyske Arena capacity: 13.797.
- Watch the game at channel 9 (DK TV Channel with Livestream available).