FC Copenhagen take on the visitors Lokomotiv Moscow at “Telia Parken” in the first round of the UEFA Europa League Group stage. The match will be played in Copenhagen on Thursday, September 14th.
FC Copenhagen took a disastrous start in a new season. The champion of the Denmark couldn’t qualify the UEFA Champions League Group stage, having lost to Qarabag by the aggregated outcome of two clashes 0:1, 2:1. Despite the team’s 4:3 triumph over Midtjylland in the recent game, after eight encounters “Loverne” sit just on the sixth position in the standings of the Danish Superliga with 12 points earned and 12-11 goal difference. FC Copenhagen show usual high-quality football in face of their fans, having got four victories, three draws and only one defeat in eight home encounters of this season. The Danes unbeaten home run at their own turf counts for six matches and has been lasting since the 29th of July.
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Lokomotiv Moscow have found stability in terms of play and results under the rule of Yuri Semin. The Muscovites have recorded only one loss alongside with seven wins and three draws in 11 encounters of the season. In regards of the Russian Premier League, “Zheleznodorozhniki” settle on the second place in the table with 20 points taken, 14 goals for and nine goals against after nine rounds. Last time the Russian team lost on the road was on the 26th of April, having followed it with four victories and three draws gained in seven away clashes.
FC Copenhagen and Lokomotiv met only once, namely, on the 29th of November 2007 in the UEFA Europa League resulting in 1:0 triumph of the Danes. Taking into consideration the Scandinavians’ persistent and solid performance in face of their supporters, they have to pick up points in the forthcoming battle.
Prediction for the match: FC Copenhagen to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.