Club Brugge’s six-match unbeaten run in the UEFA Champions League group stage faces a stern examination as Group A leaders Paris Saint-Germain come to Belgium.

• The Belgian side have not lost in the competition since Matchday 2 last season and came close to a famous win at 13-time champions Real Madrid last time out, but now face a first ever meeting with Paris, who have won both their games in the section without conceding.

Form guide
Club Brugge
• Club Brugge kicked off this season’s group stage with a 0-0 draw at home to Galatasaray, their third successive goalless draw in the UEFA Champions League proper. They ended that sequence on Matchday 2 with a 2-2 draw at Real Madrid, Emmanuel Bonaventure’s first-half double having seemingly put them on course for a memorable victory only for the home side to hit back.

Highlights: Real Madrid 2-2 Club Brugge


Highlights: Real Madrid 2-2 Club Brugge

• That was a sixth successive match without defeat in the group stage (W1 D5), and ended a four-game run of clean sheets.

• Last season the Blauw-Zwart finished third behind Borussia Dortmund and Atlético Madrid on six points, five ahead of Monaco. Having lost their first two fixtures, the Belgian club were unbeaten in their last four – the sole victory a 4-0 win at Monaco that represented their biggest away success in the competition. Club Brugge then moved into the UEFA Europa League, losing to Salzburg in the round of 32 (2-1 h, 0-4 a).

• Despite the win at Monaco – which ended a 13-year, 11-game run without a victory (D2 L9) – Club Brugge have won only three of their last 20 fixtures in the UEFA Champions League proper (D6 L11).

• This season Club Brugge got the better of Dynamo Kyiv in the third qualifying round (1-0 h, 3-3 a) before a play-off victory against Austrian side LASK (1-0 a, 2-1 h). Their results on Matchdays 1 and 2 have made it ten UEFA Champions League matches without defeat (W4 D6), qualifying included.

Highlights: Club Brugge 0-0 Galatasaray


Highlights: Club Brugge 0-0 Galatasaray

• The 2-1 success against Salzburg last February ended the club’s run of nine home European games without a win (D4 L5), since a 1-0 UEFA Europa League group stage defeat of Legia Warszawa in November 2015. They have since won two of their last three matches in Brussels (D1).

• Club Brugge won three of their first five home games against French visitors in UEFA competition (L2), but only two of the most recent six (D2 L2). Their last win against a French club in Bruges was a 1-0 defeat of Toulouse in the UEFA Europa League group stage in December 2009.

• Second in Belgium behind Genk in 2018/19, this is Club Brugge’s seventh UEFA Champions League group campaign, and their third in four years. They have never progressed to the knockout rounds.

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

Highlights: Galatasaray 0-1 Paris


Highlights: Galatasaray 0-1 Paris

Paris
• On Matchday 1 Ángel Di María’s two goals helped Paris to a 3-0 defeat of Real Madrid, before Mauro Icardi’s first goal for the club earned a 1-0 success at Galatasaray in the French club’s 100th UEFA Champions League game. It is the fifth time Paris have won their first two games in a UEFA Champions League section.

• Ligue 1 champions for the sixth time in seven years in 2018/19, and eighth time overall, this is the French side’s eighth successive UEFA Champions League campaign.

• Semi-finalists in 1995, Paris have been knocked out in the round of 16 in the last three seasons – having been eliminated in the quarter-finals in the four previous campaigns.

• In 2018/19, Paris finished first in a section including eventual champions Liverpool, Napoli and Crvena zvezda, and looked set to reach the quarter-finals after a 2-0 first-leg victory at Manchester United in the round of 16, only to bow out on away goals following a 3-1 home defeat.

• Paris picked up four points on their travels in Group C last season, losing at Liverpool (2-3) and drawing at Napoli (1-1) before a 4-1 victory at Crvena zvezda on Matchday 6. They also won 2-0 at Manchester United in the round of 16 first leg but Matchday 2 was only their fifth victory in their last 11 away UEFA Champions League fixtures (D2 L4).

Highlights: Paris 3-0 Real Madrid


Highlights: Paris 3-0 Real Madrid

• The Parisian side last faced Belgian opposition in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage, beating Anderlecht away (4-0) and at home (5-0). That made it eight matches against Belgian clubs without defeat (W4 D4), since a 3-0 loss at Waterschei in the 1982/83 European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final second leg (2-3 aggregate).

• The French club failed to win any of their first three games away to Belgian sides (D2 L1) but have scored nine goals without conceding in winning both of their last two such contests, both against Anderlecht.

• Paris have won only six of their last 13 UEFA Champions League matches (D2 L5), although they have scored in 26 consecutive games in the competition.

Links and trivia
• Thomas Meunier was a Club Brugge player between 2011 and 2016, scoring 14 goals in 149 league appearances. He was part of the side that won the Belgian Cup in 2014/15 and the league title the following season.

• Meunier made his professional debut for third division side Virton in 2009, joining Club Brugge two years later. He had spent time in the youth ranks at Virton (2006–09) having previously been on the books at Saint-Ode (1996–2002), Givry (2002–04) and Standard Liège (2004–06).

• Philippe Clement was an assistant coach at Club Brugge when Meunier was a player from 2012 to 2016.  

• International team-mates:
Simon Mignolet, Hans Vanaken, Jelle Vossen & Thomas Meunier (Belgium)
Mbaye Diagne, Krépin Diatta & Idrissa Gueye (Senegal)
Federico Ricca & Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)