FC Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir
Date: Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Telia Parken.
FCK failed to give a tough fight for Midtjylland in the title-race, and had to settle for the runner-up spot, a concerning 14 points below the toppers. Moreover, they have been on an unimpressive run of games lately, and seem not at prepared for the European challenge.
On the other hand, Okan Buruk’s men are brimming with confidence, after recapturing the league crown, which they had lost to Galatasaray the past season. Impeccable defense was one of the major reasons that they were able to race to the top of the Turkish top flight.
Moreover, they also had secured a 1-0 win in the first leg of the game, and as it’s common knowledge, the Super Lig is far better a league than that of their Danish counterparts.
As such, expect Buruk’s men to make it to the Quarters.
Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture ended in a 1-0 win for the Turkish contingent, at home. This has been the sole match-up between the two so far.
Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Prediction
The first leg of the tie was an extremely tense one, and throughout the match-up, the defensive superiority of both teams was on good display. After a goalless first half, the second too seemed poised to end without anyone scoring.
However, towards the end of the fixture, in the 88th minute to be precise, the hosts (Buruk’s men) were given a penalty, which was then coolly converted.
The Danish team tried their best to score an equalizer, but the home backline did their job in keeping them at bay – thus denying the visitors an important away goal.
As things stand, the Turks lead 1-0 in aggregate, and need just a draw this Wednesday to progress to the Quarters. This in itself would be a major confidence-booster for them, whereas FCK will have to score at least once, in order to have any shot at progressing.
At one point or another, they will have to prioritize attacking over defense, and the guests will be waiting to take advantage of that. Moreover, the Super Lig champions had the best defense in their league this season, and also kept a clean sheet in their sole h2h match so far.
In addition, the Danish squad could no longer score an away goal, while each goal of their opposite number will be classified an away goal. By all means, expect Istanbul Basaksehir to secure a ticket to the Quarters.
Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Istanbul Basaksehir or Draw @ 1.50 (1/2)
Istanbul Basaksehir +0.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.50 (1/2).