Leicester City VS FC Copenhagen Prediction
Matchweek 3 in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League meets champions of England and Denmark, Leicester City vs FC Copenhagen, who are situated in Group G alongside teams of Porto and Club Brugge. After first two Champions League legs, surprising 2015-16 English Premier League winners are on top of the group and they’re one of the four clubs which can boast with a hundred percent ratio – other three are Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Napoli. Even more, Leicester City shares the top in another good component as “The Foxes” are next to Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Sevilla in a quartet including names of clubs that have not conceded a single goal yet. Danish visitors can be pleased by their record since we find “Lions” from Copenhagen with 4 points, which is a really good achievement as well.
Leicester City vs FC Copenhagen – Team News and Match Preview
Leicester City lives with all the great memories from their remarkable 2015-2016 football season but it’s already obvious they won’t be competitive enough to the top Premier League clubs this year. Maybe it’s early for some particular conclusions but fact that Leicester City have just 8 points after 8 rounds speaks enough. This places them on 13th position in the English Premier League where Claudio Ranieri’s men are closer to the relegation zone (with 2 points above Stoke City), compared to the 11 points gap from the first position. However, “Foxes” are really shrewd when it comes to their Champions League engagement after winning their opening two games.
Leicester City’s Champions League debut was in Belgium where they won 3-0 against domestic champions Club Brugge, followed by a narrow success against Porto in their home debut. Now “The Foxes” are set for second home match in the most prestigious European club competition, when on Tuesday evening Claudio Ranieri’s men are ready to wear the blue jersey again. Indeed, last weekend Leicester City had to play with their red kits and this was marked by a 0-3 defeat against Chelsea. Another huge blow over Leicester City in the EPL, but however, we must note that Leicester had their own chances to score (mostly when Chelsea were already leading) and some key players were left on the bench at “Stamford Bridge”.
Copenhagen are still unbeaten in season 2016-17 and on an eight-match unbeaten streak in this season’s UEFA Champions League, having begun their campaign with a 3-0 victory over Crusaders FC (Northern Ireland) in Belfast, back in mid of July. It was followed by even more expressive result in the second leg (6-0) and by three wins in Copenhagen’s home fixtures, while at the same time their visits have ended with a draw. Last from the draws came in FCK’s Champions League opener in a relevant visit to the “Estádio Do Dragão” in Porto. Anyhow, Copenhagen can be very pleased with that score since they were down to 10 men for nearly 30 minutes since Slovak midfielder Jan Gregus was sent-off.
Second round for “The Lions” was at their “Parken” in Danish capital where Copenhagen wrecked Club Brugge with 4-0, as they even missed to score from a penalty when their lead was still fragile – only 1-0. Ståle Solbakken’s side was confident enough to score three more goals and Norwegian boss of FCK will hope to have more from the same on Tuesday night.
Leicester City vs FC Copenhagen – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
In a fact Copenhagen flies to England in a superb mood as club’s last defeat remains somewhere in end of May, when FCK were already champions and lost by Hobro in regular Danish Superliga game. Thus Copenhagen arrives in Leicestershire after 11 wins and 8 draws in 19 competitive games this season, as well as with full squad available. Jan Gregus returns after suspension but we believe Ståle Solbakken will rely to the same central midfield duo he used against Club Brugge – captain Thomas Delaney and experienced William Kvist.
Some players were rested from last weekend’s 2-0 win against Silkeborg on Saturday night, which increases FCK’s leadership to six points, placing them above teams of Brøndby, FC Midtjylland and Randers – all have 23 against 29 for reigning the champions. This time we expect goalkeeper Robin Olsen and outfield players Mathias Jørgensen (Zanka), Benjamin Verbic and Thomas Delaney back in Copenhagen’s starting lineup against Leicester City.
Claudio Ranieri lost the Italian duel against Antonio Conte but he made some rotations in the squad, probably with intention to rest them. Danny Simpson, Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani were all on the bench, but latter two came on in 67th minute, when Chelsea already led 2-0. We expect all of them back into Claudio Ranieri’s starting formation and it’s out of question their presence can be vital here. Both offensive players have been involved in three from all four goals scored by Leicester in the Champions League so far, making them much more efficient in Europe. For example Leicester City scored 4 goals in just 2 Champions League games while they’re one of the clubs which cannot boast with their Premier League record – only 8 goals for 8 rounds.
Final conclusion and Betting Tip
Leicester City have lost only twice in their last 22 home games in all competitions, winning thirteen and drawing seven. They have gone a whole year unbeaten at home in the EPL and this shows the difference when playing at home and in the outings, especially when it comes to the new football season.
Copenhagen are also doing much better in their home matches and Danish champions have won just one of their last eight away fixtures – seven of them were draws. Another draw will be more than acceptable for Ståle Solbakken and we’re sure this perfectly suits Copenhagen here, but we also believe victory can move Leicester City to the Champions League knockout phase, or at least it can be a huge step ahead.
Nampalys Mendy and Shinji Okazaki (both are with ankle injuries) are doubts for Claudio Ranieri, but Italian boss surely has adequate options for both zones anyway. Former Copenhagen midfielder Daniel Amartey, who joined English champions in winter of 2016, as well as summer signing Islam Slimani should be capable of doing proper work here and we find enough arguments Leicester City can finally end Copenhagen’s unbeaten run.
Our stake goes for Leicester City – in this occasion we’ll place our bet on “The Foxes” but with the Asian Handicap -0.5 on their side, since it can reward you with a better profit due to the higher odds compared with regular type of 1X2 betting.
Venue: “King Power Stadium”, Leicester.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli from Italy.
Possible starting lineups of Leicester City and FC Copenhagen
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel – Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson – Marc Albrighton, Daniel Amartey, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez – Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani. (4-4-2)
FC Copenhagen: Robin Olsen – Ludwig Augustinsson, Erik Johansson, Mathias Jørgensen, Peter Ankersen – Rasmus Falk Jensen, William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Benjamin Verbic – Andreas Cornelius, Federico Santander. (4-4-2)