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Match Preview: Leicester can secure Round of 16 spot with win at home against Club Brugge

Champions League, best league.

Leicester City FC v FC Copenhagen - UEFA Champions League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Location: King Power Stadium, Leicestershire, England

Kick-off time: 7:45 PM GMT, 2:45 PM Eastern, 11:45 AM Pacific

Leicester are still undefeated in the Champions League, giving hope to Foxes’ fans after another dismal showing in the Premier League on the road against Watford this past Saturday.

The Champions of England can guarantee their place in the knockout stages with a point on Tuesday at the King Power Stadium against Belgian giants Club Brugge, who have one point in Group G and are already eliminated from contention. If Copenhagen are unable to get a point in the group’s other fixture against FC Porto, that would also do the trick for the Foxes.

They’ll have the opportunity to do it in front of their home fans, and the Foxes will be keen to put the gears to Brugge in order to make sure they hold on to top spot in the group and guarantee their return to the King Power for that all-important Round of 16 tie.

Club Brugge KV v Leicester City FC - UEFA Champions League
Jamie Vardy against Brugge in Leicester’s win back in September.
Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Leicester are one of only two teams in this year’s competition who have yet to concede a goal in the Champions League (the other being Sevilla in Group H). Another clean sheet will have to come without goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who remains out due to a hand injury.

The offense has cooled off for the Foxes, and Tuesday’s fixture poses a good opportunity for them to find their scoring ways and produce a historic result for the club. Islam Slimani is recovering from a groin injury, giving the nod up front to Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy, who hasn’t scored for Leicester in 11 matches.

Brugge scored their first goal away from home in five matches with a 95th-minute penalty in their last game in Belgium, and will look to avoid a fifth-straight defeat in European competition. The Belgian champions have never won in England and have to do it in one of England’s most hostile environments over the last year or so.