From Tuesday, the first matches of the Champions League round of 16 are finally on the schedule, and this time we have prepared a match for you between Copenhagen and Manchester City. The start of the duel between these two teams is scheduled for 9 PM.
Copenhagen: The Lions have nothing to lose, but a lot to gain!
Copenhagen delivered truly brilliant performances in the group stage of this year’s Champions League edition, as evidenced by the fact that this team, in a not-so-easy group with Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Galatasaray, secured an impressive second place and advanced to the knockout phase of the elite competition, which is undoubtedly a great success.
In the six matches played, the Danish representative achieved two victories, two draws, and the same number of losses, collecting a total of eight points, which was enough to move forward, something absolutely no one expected at the start of this year’s Champions League edition.
Right in the first round, the Lions showed their teeth by drawing away at Galatasaray, who had another great transfer window. After that, the Danish representative suffered two narrow defeats, first at their stadium against Bayern with a score of 1:2, and then away at United, with the note that Copenhagen missed a penalty in the final moments of the match for an equalizer.
However, when it was most needed, this team played their best matches in the Champions League, as the Lions in the last three rounds achieved two victories and one draw, thus paving their way to the round of 16.
First, they defeated United at Parken in a spectacular match that ended 4:3, then they drew away against Bayern (0:0), and finally, in the decisive match for advancement, they beat Galatasaray with a minimal score, leading to a big celebration at Parken.
As for the Danish championship, at this moment, the Lions are in third place in the table, three points behind the leader Midtjylland.
In the last five matches, this team has achieved two victories, one draw, and two losses, and in the last round before the winter break, Copenhagen was defeated at their stadium by Aarhus with a score of 1:2, which was certainly a big surprise.
What could pose a big problem before this duel against the current European champion is the fact that the Danish representative lacks competitive matches, with the note that this team achieved three victories, two losses, and one draw in the preparatory period.
Manchester City: Can the Citizens Reach Another Champions League Final?
Last season was perfect for the Citizens, who, in addition to the Premier League and FA Cup, won their first Champions League trophy after triumphing in the final match against Inter with a 1:0 score.
This season, Pep Guardiola’s pupils have further complemented their achievements by winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The ambitions remain the same, with the note that this time, City will have far more trouble defending their English Premier League title, although last year around this time, the situation was similar, but in the end, the team from Etihad shifted into high gear and won the championship trophy without much trouble.
Currently, Manchester City is in second place in the table, two points behind the leader Liverpool, although it should be noted that the Citizens have a game in hand.
In their last five matches, the current English champions have been playing at a very high level, achieving as many triumphs in that period, with the latest in the previous round when they defeated Everton 2:0 at home, a more challenging victory than expected. The hero of that match was Erling Haaland, who scored both goals and will undoubtedly be the biggest threat to the opponent’s goal, which played very well in the Champions League group stage. At one point, towards the end of this year, City had a series of rather poor matches, although this was most likely due to the fact that Guardiola could not count on a large number of absent players. As the squad situation improved, so did the current European champion gradually but surely raise their form.
In the elite competition, the Citizens played six matches and achieved as many victories, taking first place in the group ahead of Leipzig, Young Boys, and Red Star. Although they won all their matches, it seems that the team from Etihad conceded more goals in the group stage than we have been accustomed to from this club in the past few seasons, however, in the end, the aforementioned first place with the maximum number of points certainly counts.
Finally, for this duel against Copenhagen, after quite some time, Pep Guardiola will finally be able to count on all available players.
Our Betting Suggestions
At first glance, we see that City is a big favorite here, and on the other hand, as we have already mentioned, the host really has nothing to lose in this duel. First of all, we advise you to play Manchester City to Win (2), for which the bookmaker betBonanza has set a coefficient of 1.24. It is expected that the Citizens will try to resolve the winner as soon as possible, so we suggest you go with a halftime/fulltime 2/2 bet at odds of 1.72.
It’s also not out of the question that this encounter at Parken could bring a lot of goals, so we advise you to focus on the Total OVER 2.5 Goals bet, which betBonanza pays with odds of 1.60.
Finally, Copenhagen played brilliantly in the group stage of Europe’s most prestigious club competition, and a sort of reward for that would be at least one goal scored in the duel against the current European champion, so we boldly recommend you play FC Copenhagen total OVER 0.5 Goals bet with great odds of 2.20 at betBonanza.