Leicester City embark on their first UEFA Champions League journey when they visit Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Wednesday.
The Premier League champions will look to overcome the weekend’s upset following their 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.
Claudio Ranieri’s side looked deflated after Sunday’s defeat, but an opening victory in Europe’s elite competition will surely lift spirits in the City camp.
The Leicester boss is also expected to start club-record signing Islan Slimani, and needs the Algerian striker to make an immediate impact for the Foxes after a disappointing start in their domestic duties this season. Slimani, 28, arrived from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £29million at the end of the transfer window.
On another positive note, the former Valencia manager has a near-perfect squad to choose from for Wednesday’s encounter. The only injury scare for the Foxes is defender Danny Simpson who will be assessed tomorrow following a knock he picked up at Anfield on Sunday.
Club Brugge cruised into the 2016/2017 Champions League after securing their 14th league title last year, but have mirrored the form of the Midlands side so far this season. The Belgian outfit currently sit in 10th position in the First Division A, and are also looking to bounce back from defeat following their 1-0 loss to Vaasland-Beveren last Friday.
Former Burnley and Middlesborough striker Jelle Vossen is probably the most noticeable name for the Belgian champions, but defender Bjorn Engels is the emerging talent that Leicester must watch closely. The centre-half has an incredible ariel ability, scoring ten times in 50 appearances for Club Brugge.