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Club Brugge and Monaco are both without a point in Group A, and know now is the time to make an impact.

Hans Vanaken during Club Brugge's defeat at Atlético Madrid
Hans Vanaken during Club Brugge's defeat at Atlético Madrid ©Getty Images

Club Brugge and Monaco are both already six points off the pace in Group A, and each will know the importance of registering a first win in the section as they meet in Belgium.

• Both teams have been beaten by Borussia Dortmund and Atlético Madrid – level at the top of the section with six points apiece – and need three points at the Jan Breydelstadion to belatedly kick-start their campaign.

• However, both sides are on long winless runs in the UEFA Champions League; indeed, Club Brugge have lost their last eight matches in the competition proper.

• Monaco are under new management for this game, Leonardo Jardim having departed on 11 October; two days later, the club appointed former striker Thierry Henry as his replacement, his first job as a head coach.

Previous meetings
• The sides' only past contests came in the 1988/89 European Cup second round, when each were home winners. However, while Club Brugge took the advantage with a 1-0 success in the first leg in Belgium, Monaco turned the tie round in style back in France, a Youssouf Fofana hat-trick helping secure a 6-1 second-leg win.

• The first leg of that tie took place on 26 October 1988 – two days short of 30 years before this matchday three fixture.

Highlights: Atlético 3-1 Club Brugge
Highlights: Atlético 3-1 Club Brugge

Form guide
Club Brugge
• Beaten 1-0 at home by Dortmund on matchday one, Club Brugge went down 3-1 at Atlético last time out to extend their run of defeats in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, to eight in a row – four short of the competition record held by another Belgian club, Anderlecht.

• Belgian champions for the 15th time in 2017/18, this is Club Brugge's second group campaign in three seasons, and their sixth overall. Before 2016/17 – when they lost every game to finish bottom of a group including Leicester, Porto and København – their previous participation had come in 2005/06.

• The Belgian side are without a win in their last 12 UEFA Champions League fixtures, qualifying included (D1 L11).

• Group stage to final, Club Brugge's last win in the competition was a 3-2 home defeat of Rapid Wien in November 2005; their record since then is D1 L9. They have won only two of their last 14 fixtures in the UEFA Champions League proper (D1 L11).

• Club Brugge's last meetings with French opposition came in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage, when they lost away (0-4) and home (1-2) to Bordeaux.

• The defeat by Bordeaux in Bruges ended a three-match unbeaten run at home to French visitors (W2 D1). Overall, Club Brugge's record against Ligue 1 sides in Belgium is W5 D1 L4.

• Runners-up to Liverpool in 1978, Club Brugge remain the only team from Belgium to have reached a European Cup final.

Watch Monaco's matchday two defeat at Dortmund
Watch Monaco's matchday two defeat at Dortmund

• Having opened with a 2-1 home defeat against Atlético, Monaco went down 3-0 in Dortmund on matchday two – extending their run of European away games without a win to five (D2 L3).

• Second in Ligue 1 last season, Monaco reached the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-finals but finished bottom of their 2017/18 group having collected two points from their six games.

• Monaco drew two of their three away games in 2017/18, losing the other; a 3-2 win at Dortmund in the 2016/17 quarter-final first leg is their sole success in their last nine  European away fixtures (D3 L5).

• Monaco are without a win in ten European games (D2 L8), since a 3-1 home victory against Dortmund in the quarter-final second leg in April 2017.

• The Ligue 1 outfit's last trip to Belgium brought a 1-1 draw at Anderlecht in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage; Monaco went on to lose the home game 2-0.

• The 1988 defeat at Club Brugge is Monaco's only loss in Belgium in three visits (W1 D1).

• Runners-up in 2004, Monaco remain the last French team to reach the UEFA Champions League final.

Links and trivia
• Henry spent two years as an assistant and forwards coach to the Belgium national team before taking up the head coach role at Monaco; Club Brugge's Hans Vanaken featured in several Belgium squads during that period.

• Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans was an Anderlecht player between 2013 and 2017, winning two league titles.

• Nacer Chadli was born in Liege and was in the youth teams at Thier-à-Liège, Standard Liège and MVV Maastricht before making his senior breakthrough at Dutch side AGOVV Apeldoorn. He has never played senior club football in his homeland.

• Have also played in Belgium:
Adama Traoré (Mouscron 2014)
Jordy Gaspar (Cercle Brugge 2017/18)

• Have played in France:
Benoît Poulain (Nîmes 2006–14)
Marvelous Nakamba (Nancy 2012–14)

• International team-mates:
Jelle Vossen, Brandon Mechele, Hans Vanaken & Nacer Chadli, Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
Matej Mitrović & Danijel Subašić (Croatia)
Sofyan Amrabat & Youssef Ait Bennasser (Morocco)

• Arnaut Groeneveld scored the Netherlands' goal in a 1-1 friendly draw with Belgium on 16 October; Tielemans and Chadli were in the Belgium side, with Vanaken and Mechele unused substitutes.

• Monaco general manager Filips Dhondt held the same role at Club Brugge between 2001 and 2010.

Latest news

Club Brugge
• The Belgian champions won eight of their first nine league games this season, drawing the other, before a 3-1 defeat at Standard Liège on 7 October. They were held 1-1 at home by Waasland-Beveren on Friday.

• Club Brugge won the Belgian Super Cup for the 15th time on 22 July in their own Jan Breydelstadion, beating Standard 2-1 with goals from Hans Vanaken and Wesley.

• Club Brugge's Belgian Cup campaign ended in the last 32, with a 2-0 defeat at amateur side Deinze on 26 September.

• Arnaut Groeneveld made his Netherlands debut as a substitute in the 3-0 UEFA Nations League victory against Germany on 13 October; three days later, he marked his first start with the equaliser in a 1-1 friendly draw against Belgium.

• Matej Mitroviċ scored Croatia's second goal in a 2-1 friendly win against Jordan on 15 October.

• Rezaei Kaveh missed matchday one with a knee problem and has not played since.*

• Monaco were beaten 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Trophée des Champions on 4 August.

• Monaco have won only one of their 13 matches this season, the 3-1 success at Nantes on the opening day of Ligue 1 on 11 August. They have lost nine, including eight of the last ten and four in a row before Leonardo Jardim's departure.

• Thierry Henry's reign as Jardim's replacement also got off to a losing start as a result of Saturday's 2-1 reverse at Strasbourg.

• Monaco have six points after ten Ligue 1 games in 2018/19, 16 less than at the same stage last season. This represents their worst start to a season since 1953/54, when they had five points after ten matches.

• Radamel Falcao scored twice in the club's last five fixtures under Jardim – the only Monaco player to find the net during that period. He limped off shortly before half-time at Strasbourg having suffered a thigh injury.

• Falcao and Youri Tielemans – who failed to find the net in 27 Ligue 1 outings last season – have scored Monaco's last six league goals between them, three apiece. Tielemans scored a late consolation penalty at Strasbourg.

• Substitute Samuel Grandsir was sent off one minute and 51 seconds after his introduction at Strasbourg.

• Danijel Subašić came on as a substitute on matchday two having not played since the FIFA World Cup final on 15 July due to a hamstring injury while Stevan Jovetić was out between 18 August and 7 October with a calf complaint.

• Rony Lopes suffered a hamstring injury in training with Portugal in early September and has not played since; Kevin Ndoram is expected to be sidelined for up to four weeks with an elbow injury.