FC Copenhagen and Atlético Madrid meet in Telia Parken, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals). There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 05-12-2007 and ended with the score: FC Copenhagen (0-2) Atlético Madrid. In this match the home advantage may be decisive, as FC Copenhagen presents considerable differences in their results at home and as visitors.
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 2nd position of Group F, with 9 points won. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 37 goals scored and 13 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home win against Randers by (5-1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, FC Copenhagen won 6, drew 1 and lost 3.
By acting against a fairly qualified team, the Kobenhavn team will need to surpass themselves on the field to get a good result in this first game, because they know that the return game will be even more complicated, since they will act in the house of his adversary. The home team can not commit defensive errors, because the regulation provides advantage for the team that scores away from home in the tiebreaker criteria. The coach must take to the field what is best available to him.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 19 goals scored and 7 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 9 conceded. The team comes to this match after a win away with Málaga by (0-1). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Atlético Madrid won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. Their defense has been very strong, since they only suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their attack has marked regularly, since he scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 15 of the last 34 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 23 out of 34 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 12 of its last 15 games, of these 12 came to rest in advantage in 6 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 9.
Despite playing away from home, the Atlético de Madrid team is the favorite for this first duel, since it has a much more qualified squad than its adversary. The visiting team knows that if they get a good result away from home they can play more calmly next to their fans in the second leg. The visiting coach must take a fairly competitive team to the field, because his goal is to reach far in this competition.
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