FC Copenhagen vs Astra Giurgiu:
Champions League Qualifiers.
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016,
Kick-Off: 18:45 UK
Venue: Telia Parken (Copenhagen).
Danish Superlig Champions FC Copenhagen will look to build on the hard earned 1-1 draw from first leg in Romania, when Astra Giurgui visits for the second leg clash of the UEFA Champions League third round qualification fixture on Wednesday evening.
FC Copenhagen are aiming to enter the group phase of the UEFA Champions League competition after a two year absence. In their last appearance in the tournament during 2013/14 season, they perished in the group stages, finishing last in a group behind Real Madrid, Galatasaray and Juventus. In the 2010/11 season, they got past to the first knock-out, which remains to be their best ever run in the competition so far.
Astra are in their fourth consecutive season in a UEFA Competition’s qualifying round, with the last three came in the Europa League. They qualified for the 2014/15 Europa League group stages eliminating Lyon in the play-offs, but missed out on last season after losing to AZ Alkmaar at the same stage. They won the 2015/16 Romanian League to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League qualification round for the first time in their history.
Copenhagen vs Astra Giurgiu: Head-to-Head Stats
The first leg clash which ended 1-1 at the is the first ever meeting between Astra Giurgiu and FC Copenhagen.
Copenhagen’s record against Romanian oppositions in 5 matches is 1 win, 2 draws and 2 defeats. They are unbeaten at home with a win and a draw, while they have lost twice and drawn in 1 from three trips to Romania.
Copenhagen vs Astra Giurgiu: Prediction
Astra are struggling in all competitions and are coming on the back of just 1 win from their 4 competitive fixtures so far this season. Their 1-0 Super Cup victory over CFR Cluj was followed by a 4-1 thrashing from the hands of Dinamo Bucharest. The draw in the first leg against Copenhagen along with the 0-0 stalemate against Pandurii on the weekend made it three matches without a win.
Meanwhile, Copenhagen continue to impress in the Danish Super Lig as they thrashed FC Nordsjaelland 4-0 at home on Saturday. They have already played 6 competitive games this season and are unbeaten with 5 wins and a draw. They had won in all three matches at home so far, including the 6-0 thumping of Crusaders in the second round of Champions League qualifying. The away goal in the first leg is a certain advantage and they will be pretty confident to finish the job in front of their home crowd.
FC Copenhagen are clear favourites and a straight win for them is my prediction for this match.
Copenhagen vs Astra Giurgiu: Tips
- Copenhagen to win.
- Over 2.5 goals.