With Club Brugge being beaten 1-0 at home over the weekend by Zulte-Waregem, who are currently top of the Belgian League, that means they have lost their last four league games, and add to that the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle in the Europe League, and the Belgian club have lost their last five games.
The Jan Breydel Stadium at Club Brugge
So Newcastle may find Club Brugge short of confidence when we play them on Thursday night at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Belgium, and new manager Georges Leekens is now under significant pressure to turn things around.
Club Brugge are 8th in the league table of 16 teams, after finishing second to Anderlecht last season, and qualifying for the Europa League.
But on the other hand Brugge will be going all out to turn their fortunes around, just as Liverpool were yesterday, after The Reds surprisingly lost 3-1 at home to Swansea during the week in the Capital One Cup, and they were the holders of that trophy.
And Liverpool came out like the proverbial steam train yesterday, and it was a bit like the first 30 minutes against Manchester United, when it didn’t seem we were ready to play, which certainly wasn’t the case with the Liverpool side, who were ready for Newcastle.
The only difference with the Manchester United game was that Liverpool were unable to score any goals, given their possession and control of the game in those first 30 minutes.
So it could be the same on Thursday night in Belgium, and the last thing we want to be is over-confident.
We are a decent side this season, but Newcastle are still struggling for consistency, and starting games with sufficient energy.
Thursday night is a good time to show that we can start a game on the front foot, and another win and we’ll definitely be through to the knockout stages of the Europa League competition.
Howay the Lads!!
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