Atalanta and Shakhtar Donetsk meet in an early games of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday. Both sides lost heavily their first matches, with the Italians being trashed by Dinamo Zagreb, conceding four unanswered goals, while Shakhtar lost by 0:3 from Manchester City.
The two sides have met just once in the history, with their only meeting being a pre-season friendly game back in 2015. The Ukrainian team won that match by 1:0, with the only goal coming just after the half-time break.
Atalanta are finding the kind of form that saw them qualify for the Champions League the previous season, and have gone on a three game unbeaten run. The team from Bergamo won their two most recent matches, first triumphing against Roma, and trashing 1:4 Sassuolo at the weekend.
After losing to Manchester City by 0:3 at home in the first meeting in the group stage of the Champions League, Shakhtar responded with two back-to-back victories in their domestic league.
Preview: Real Madrid vs. Club Brugge – prediction, team news, lineups
Real Madrid will hope to transfer their strong domestic form into the Champions League when they welcome Club Brugge to the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
Los Blancos are currently top of La Liga following Saturday’s goalless draw at Atletico Madrid, but Zinedine Zidane‘s side suffered a 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener.
A point was enough for Madrid to move back to the top of the table. Since losing 3-0 in Paris earlier this month, Zidane’s side have collected seven points from nine available in the league.
Los Blancos were second best by some distance against PSG in their Group A opener which also includes Galatasaray. It will be the first meeting between Madrid and Brugge since the 1976-77 European Champions Clubs’ Cup who recorded a 2-0 aggregate victory that season to advance to the next round.
The Spanish giants have lost three of their last four Champions League matches – including a 4-1 home defeat to Ajax in last season’s competition. CSKA Moscow also won 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the group stages of the 2018-19 campaign.
Madrid have lost eight of their last 42 European matches, though, and have won their last four matches at home to Belgian clubs.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinicius, Benzema, Hazard
Club Brugge possible starting lineup: Mignolet; Deli, Mitrovic, Mata; Ricca, Rits, Vanaken, Vormer, Diatta; Dennis, Okereke