Club Brugge v Birmingham: Match preview

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Club Brugge v Birmingham;
Europa League;
Jan Breydel Stadium;
Thurs, 20th Oct; 1800 KO

Team news

Curtis Davies is set to make a comeback for Birmingham, after recovering from a knee problem. Stephen Carr is unavailable for selection after picking up a knee injury.

Brugge are without Matej Vydra, Fredrik Stenman, Maxime Lestienne and Vladan Kujovic, who all have long term injuries.

Hughton wants Europa win

Chris Hughton is hoping to keep a winning momentum alive at Birmingham with another victory in the Europa League tonight, as the side aim to win their first European cup.

Birmingham have won their last three matches in the npower Championship and Europa League matches combined, and a victory tonight would take the side a step closer to qualifying for the next round in the tournament.


And while Hughton believes that Brugge will be a tough match up, with the side boasting 19 unbeaten matches at home, the Birmingham manager is hoping to keep building on the winning momentum.

"The mood has certainly changed since the Maribor match," Hughton said.

"But I think that comes irrespective of whether it's in Europe or not, it comes from just winning football matches.

"When you're winning matches the club, and the training ground, is a better place to be and we're on a good run and, of course, it's one we'd like to continue. We want to build on the momentum we've got.

"We're expecting a stern test from Brugge. They had a very, very good victory against Braga, who were perhaps the favourites to win the group after reaching the final last season.

"That shows the quality they have. They're used to the European stage and domestically they are used to being at the top, winning football matches.

"This competition is new territory for us. It's a tough task here but one we're looking forward to."

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