Copenhagen vs Astra Giurgiu: Preview and Prediction

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.

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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

  1. Copenhagen to win.
  2. Over 2.5 goals.