The duel of champions from Denmark and Scotland comes in the Europa League intermediate round. The first leg between FC Copenhagen and Celtic Glasgow will rise on Thursday in Telia Parken before the second leg will take place next Thursday in Celtic Park. Can the hoops reach the Europa League round of 16 for the first time? Or will the European lion tour of the Danish lions continue?
Who in the first leg FC Copenhagen vs. Celtic Glasgow is the favorite in the race according to the odds, show the betting odds of the betting base odds comparison.
The betting base follows the assessment of the bookmakers, who see the Scots a bit ahead, and bet FC Copenhagen vs. Celtic Glasgow her tip on a victory of the “Boys in Green”.
In three of the last four seasons, the title in the Danish Superleague went to FC Copenhagen. With a total of 13 championships, the FCK is also the record champion in Denmark. The starting position was unchanged before this season. Coach Stale Solbakken was even allowed to spend more than seven million euros for new players in the summer. But the next championship is currently more questionable than ever.
After matchday 21, the league table in Denmark is headed by FC Midtjylland. The reigning champions Copenhagen are seven points behind the leaders. The great weakness of the lions becomes clear when looking at the away tableau. Here Coach Solbakken’s team has already suffered five losses this season, while Midtjylland is still unbeaten in the opponent’s place.
Things are going much better for Copenhagen in Telia Parken at home. FCK had nine wins and only one draw in ten games. In this year’s European Cup season, the champion from Denmark was first allowed to qualify in the Champions League, but failed there in the third round at Red Star Belgrade. Copenhagen then entered the Europa League group stage for the seventh time via the Latvian champions Riga.
In group B, Coach Solbakken’s men secured second place behind Malmö FF. With two wins, three draws and one defeat, Dynamo Kiev and FC Lugano were left behind. Now the club is the fourth time in the round of the last 32. Only in 2016/17 the Europa League trip against Ludogerets continued.
These statistics do not necessarily speak before the first leg FC Copenhagen vs. Celtic Glasgow for a forecast on the home side. The reigning champions also suffered a bitter defeat in the first competitive game after a two-month winter break on Friday. At the penultimate Esbjerg, the Löwen suffered a 0-1 defeat. The coach let his team play in rigid 4-4-2.
Here the men from the capital are mainly dependent on the wingers Mohamed Daramy and Jens Stage. The hosts still have to do without important players such as Nicolai Boilesen, Jonas Wind, Viktor Fischer and Robert Mudrazija due to injury.
After the 1: 2 home defeat at the Old Firm in the last competitive game of 2019, the mood at Celtic Glasgow was not so great. The hoops had not only lost to their hated city rival Rangers in their own Celtic Park, but also had coach Steven Gerrard’s men reach two points in the table. After 29 games, there was also a league home defeat for the first time since May 2018.
But at Celtic you stayed calm and focused on honest work. During the analysis, Celtic trainer Neil Lennon realized that the Rangers were more mature in the play area and strategically better. In addition, his team had not physically held against it. In the following games the “Boys in Green” then gave the right answers to the “slip” in the Old Firm.
So the green-whites won all the following nine competitive games since the bankruptcy against the Rangers. Since the Gers are far from constant, the lead in the table on the neighbors has increased to a reassuring ten points. The hoops remain the measure of all things in Scotland. Although Coach Lennon’s men again failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage this year, they have played a good Europa League season so far.
Glasgow then reached the EL group stage for the sixth time through the Swedish champions AIK Solna. In a group with CFR Cluj, Lazio Rom and Stade Rennes, the Scottish champion secured the group victory for the first time. The Bhoys performed particularly well in the two games against the current second in Serie A, Lazio, both of which were won 2-1.
Now the Celtic Football Club wants to reach the Europa League round of 16 for the first time. In the first three attempts, the green-whites always failed in the intermediate round. So far, there have also been opponents of large caliber: Inter (2014/15), Zenit (2017/18) and Valencia (2019/20).
Since the opponent in this intermediate round is not that tough at least on paper, the weather for the first leg FC Copenhagen vs. Celtic Glasgow enter the current round with a tip on the guests.