​Real Madrid head into their clash with Club Brugge on Wednesday knowing their spot in the Champions League knockout stage is secure.


Five points ahead of the Belgian side and five behind Group A leaders Paris Saint-Germain, Los Blancos will qualify as runners up regardless of the night's other result.


However, Club Brugge may be galvanised by the prospect of continuing their European journey in the form of the Europa League, as they only need to equal or better Galatasaray's result to finish third.

Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid,Vinicius Jr

Where to Watch


When Is Kick Off?​Wednesday 11th December​
​What Time Is Kick Off?​20:00 (BST)
​Where Is it Played?​Jan Breydel Stadium
​TV Channel/Live Stream?​BT Sport ESPN
Referee?​Tobias Stieler

Team News


​Real's traveling squad includes ​Gareth Bale, Luka Jovic and top scorer Karim Benzemabut there's no space for either ​Sergio Ramos or Toni Kroos, both of whom have been given the night off.


Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Marcelo are all absent, with Zinedine Zidane set to make a few changes with little to play for on Wednesday night.


Alvaro Odriozola, Vinicius Junior and Jovic may be handed chances to impress, while Isco could feature in central midfield in place of Kroos.

Brugge will be without both Krepin Diatta and Clinton Mata, with both players suspended, while Matej Mitrovic is also unavailable.


Predicted Lineups


Club Brugge​Mignolet; Mechele, Deli, Kossounou; Dennis, Vormer, Balanta, Rits, Ricca; Okereke, Tau.
Real Madrid​Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Varane, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Isco; Bale, Jovic, Vinicius Jr.

Head to Head Record


In the only meetings between the two teams before this season, Club Brugge came out on top in the 1976/77 European Cup second round. A goalless first leg in Malaga was followed by a 2-0 home win for the Belgian side.


The previous game in this year's competition saw Club Brugge race into a two goal lead, with Emmanuel Bonaventure scoring twice in the first half courtesy to some pretty shoddy Real defending.

Emmanuel Bonaventure

However, Sergio Ramos pulled one back in the 55th minute before Ruud Vormer was sent off for a second bookable offence. Casemiro would equalise late on, but Real couldn't muster a winner as their hopes of winning the group took a massive and irreversible blow.


Recent Form


Following a tricky start to the season, Real have been pretty faultless over the last month or so. Los Blancos have won seven of their nine games in all competitions, last losing in October.


They are now second in La Liga, only behind leaders Barcelona by virtue of goal difference ahead of the upcoming Clasico.

Karim Benzema

Club Brugge remain the team to beat in Belgium's Jupiler League, with closest competitors Gent seven points behind. They've picked up recent wins against St.Truiden and Royal Excel Mouscron, and also bested Oostende in domestic cup competition.


Here are each side's last five results.


​Club BruggeReal Madrid
​St.Truiden 1-2 Club Brugge (7/12)Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol (7/12)​
​Oostende 1-1 Club Brugge (2-4 on Pens) (4/12)​Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid (30/11)
​Club Brugge 1-0 Royal Excel Mouscron (30/11)​Real Madrid 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain (26/11)
​Galatasaray 1-1 Club Brugge (26/11)​Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad (23/11)
​Club Brugge 2-0 Oostende (22/11)Eibar 0-4 Real Madrid (9/11)

Prediction


Real should have enough to win on Wednesday, even if there's little riding on the game. Expect a few of their fringe players to impress.


Zidane's side are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions and should improve on that record against Club Brugge.


Prediction: Club Brugge 0-1 Real Madrid