Lokomotiv Moscow vs FC Copenhagen Prediction, Preview & Betting Tips
Lokomotiv Moscow vs FC Copenhagen prediction ahead of Thursday night’s UEFA Europa League Group F encounter at the “RZD Arena” in Russian capital. Lokomotiv Moscow is currently third but only with a point behind their opponents from Denmark, who head to Russia after another frustrating domestic league result on Sunday. Find out what our experts have to share in a detailed match preview, prediction and more UEFA Europa League betting tips.
H2H History: Lokomotiv Moscow vs FC Copenhagen
Lokomotiv Moscow still hopes to score its first goal when facing FC Copenhagen as they failed to do so on matchday one, when a match without spectators at the “Telia Parken” in Danish capital has ended without any goals scored. 10 years earlier, in November 2007, Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Copenhagen were together in Group B of the 2007-08 UEFA Cup where the Danish side won 0:1 in Russia. Nevertheless, both teams have failed to reach the knockout stage, finishing on the bottom two positions.
UEFA Europa League: Lokomotiv Moscow vs FC Copenhagen 23.11.2017
Lokomotiv suffered a massive setback when losing 1:2 to Sheriff Tiraspol in Moscow last round. Three weeks later “The Red-Greens” will stay at home turf where an eventual success might mean a crucial step to the next round and Yuri Semin’s men can be inspired by their away win in Kaspiysk on Sunday afternoon. The narrow success against Anzhi leaves Lokomotiv Moscow on top of the Russian Premier League table where they hold a three-point lead over runner-ups Zenit.
Despite the fine domestic positioning, Lokomotiv’s European future is under serious threat, especially if the Russian team losses on Thursday night.
Like we have already mentioned, FCK travels to Moscow after a few very disappointing game weeks in the Superliga. Copenhagen lost four of their last six league games, including a 0:1 home loss in derby of Copenhagen vs Brøndby before the international break. Situation doesn’t seem to be improving at all since FC Copenhagen lost 3:0 away to SønderjyskE, which is a club from second half of the Superliga standings. This places them on the sixth position after 16 rounds and Stale Solbakken’s men will have a very difficult task to defend their trophy, currently having 14 points less from city rivals Brøndby.
In the meantime, “Lions” show much better spirit in the Europa League where they have conceded one goal only in four games, topping Group F alongside Sheriff as both teams have six points won.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Experienced head coach of Lokomotiv Moscow Yuri Semin had to play a “false nine” in Aleksey Miranchuk’s face, but the 22-year-old attacking midfielder actually scored the winning goal against Anzhi. Now Aleksey Miranchuk can take his position behind the striker since Yuri Semin can welcome two experienced forwards back in the squad – Jefferson Farfan and Eder should be ready to return in the group. Farfan was part of the Peruvian success and even scored one of the two goals for Peru in a decisive World Cup playoff against New Zealand, while the UEFA Euro 2016 final goal scorer Eder has recovered from a thigh injury.
Another key player who missed last weekend’s Premier League round is Nemanja Pejcinovic, but the Serbian defender has quickly recovered from a minor injury and should return in the starting squad as a centre-back partner of Solomon Kvirkvelia. Actually Yuri Semin started with a centre-back trio in some matches but we believe he will stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Unfortunately, Lokomotiv Moscow gave a victim in its journey to Kaspiysk where Polish wing-back Maciej Rybus has picked up an injury and will be ruled out for around two weeks. He joins the list of absentees where we also find the first-choice goalkeeper Guilherme, captain Vedran Corluka, winger Arshak Koryan and striker Ari, who are all injured.
Danish champions can’t be particularly pleased with their overall league performance but they have a decent chance to qualify for the UEFA Europa League Round of 32.
Stale Solbakken welcomes back in the group a polyvalent defender Nicolai Boilesen, who missed the last three games with an injury. Now it’s up to Solbakken whether he will name Boilesen from the outset or he will stick to the same defensive formation with Pierre Bengtsson, Michael Lüftner, Denis Vavro and Peter Ankersen all in line.
More good news come with the Europa League nature of the clash and fact that Slovenian winger Benjamin Verbic can be used here, since he serves a three-game suspension in the Superliga. Verbic can replace Youssef Toutouh on the left wing, who was not only unconvincing, but picked up an injury and had to be subbed-off on half-time against SønderjyskE. Toutouh joins FCK’s injury list where we also find Erik Johansson, Mikael Antonsson, Jan Gregus and Federico Santander. Meanwhile, Rasmus Falk Jensen and Andrija Pavlovic were both left out in Denmark.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs FC Copenhagen Prediction and Betting Tips
Former Norwegian player and nowadays coach, Stale Solbakken, took the Copenhagen helm for the second time in August 2013 and has admittedly became one of the most successful managers of the capital club. However, current season is not going very well and surprisingly or not, Solbakken became a favourite for the next Superliga manager to be fired, according to the odds of a popular bookmaker in Denmark. This arouse some reasonable questions about Stale Solbakken’s ability to handle with current situation within the team and fact that FCK have not won an away game since two months (last one was a Danish Cup game vs a second-tier opposition Skive) proves there is a serious issue.
We believe that Lokomotiv Moscow can use the obvious crisis in the away side. Their home advantage is another massive reason why we take fancy odds for a home win, especially after the comeback accomplished by Sheriff in Moscow only couple of weeks ago. That was a slap that came in the right moment so we expect an absolute focus and dedication by Loko in that game. Our betting prediction is backing the home side (1X2 Betting): Lokomotiv Moscow to win against FC Copenhagen.
Possible Lineups of Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Copenhagen
Venue: “RZD Arena”, Moscow.
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernandez from Spain.
Lokomotiv Moscow: Anton Kochenkov – Vitali Denisov, Nemanja Pejcinovic, Solomon Kvirkvelia, Vladislav Ignatjev – Dmitri Tarasov, Igor Denisov – Manuel Fernandes, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk – Jefferson Farfan. (4-2-3-1)
FC Copenhagen: Robin Olsen – Peter Ankersen, Michael Lüftner, Nicolai Boilesen, Pierre Bengtsson – Kasper Kusk, Zeca, William Kvist, Benjamin Verbic – Pieros Sotiriou, Martin Pusic. (4-4-2)