FC Copenhagen and Riga meet at Telia Parken, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation.
FC Copenhagen :
The home team plays their first game in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of taking advantage of the home factor to win a positive result. In the last match he played, for the Super League, he won the Randers out by (0-1). In their last 10 home games, FC Copenhagen records 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games.
In this first leg, the Kobenhavn team will play with the support of their fans, so it is very important that you get a good result. This by acting away from home in the return game, where things should get more complicated. The owners of the house are more qualified and will have to prevail in the field from the first minutes, looking for a goal early in the game. The coach must not have significant absences for this match, so he must present a team in the field at maximum strength.
The away team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs) after having played previous qualifiers with: HJK Helsinki and Piast Gliwice. The team arrives at this match after a home victory with Liepāja by (1‑0). In the last 10 matches played as a visitor for all competitions, Riga won 5, drew 2 and lost 3. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered at least one goal in each of the last 4 games, but his attack has scored regularly, as he scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 games for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 3. In the last 16 home games for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: he suffered 5 of his 13 goals between minutes (76′ ‑ 90 ‘ ).
Playing away from home and in front of a qualified team, the Riga team will have to be very careful, to know how to defend efficiently and try to close the spaces to the owners of the house. To leave the field with a good result, you will need to be focused on your defensive sector, thus counteracting the attacks of the homeowners, while finding spaces to counterattack. The coach must go to the field with the best of his team.