Belgian league leaders Club Brugge will do battle with defiant Dnipro in their Europa League quarter-final encounter at the Jan Breydel Stadium
Europa League’s two biggest outsiders will meet at the Jan Breydel Stadium, as Club Brugge get ready to face Dnipro in their quarter-final encounter.
Despite being heavily unfavoured for the competition, both sides have enjoyed a successful season in Europe, having impressively overcome many top teams to reach this stage.
Belgian Pro League leaders Club Brugge managed to topple Turkish outfit Besiktas over two legs to set up their quarter-final outing, while Ukrainian underdogs Dnipro dispatched Dutch giants Ajax in their previous match-up. The visitors are a best-priced 18/5 with BetVictor to cause an upset, while the Belgian hosts are odds-on 19/20 with Bet365 favourites to secure a victory on home soil.
Both quarter-finalists may see it as a fortunate coincidence to have met at this stage, with the two major outsiders for the competition having avoided many talented European clubs, and a semi-final appearance only one step away. Although, their statuses as underdogs shouldn’t bring with it the tag of ‘whipping boys’, as both squads possess attackers capable of causing damage.
Jose Izquierdo is currently the home side’s top domestic league goalscorer this season, having reached double figures for the campaign. The 24-year-old Colombian hitman is a 15/4 chance with Bet365 to net again anytime in his latest outing.
Another astute forward threat to Dnipro will be in-form Belgian sharpshooter Tom De Sutter, who has already dispatched 12 goals this term. The sublime striker is a 9/4 chance with Ladbrokes to strike anytime on home soil.
Dnipro are also gunning for domestic glory in Ukraine, having climbed to third spot, this has been mainly thanks to key hitman Nikola Kalinic, who has slotted home nine times in 18 outings.
The clinical Croatian is available at 17/5 with 888sport to fire home again and add to his season tally anytime.
This will be only the second time in their history that these two sides have met, having clashed in the old UEFA Cup competition in 2004, when the Ukrainians came out on top, a result which they will aim to emulate in Belgium in their latest encounter.