FC Copenhagen vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv
UEFA Europa Conference League Qualification,
Date: Thursday, 12 August 2021
Kick-off 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Parken Stadium.
Copenhagen are massive favorites against Lokomotiv Plovdiv on Thursday evening when the Bulgarians come to visit the Parken for the second leg of this UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying tie.
Lokomotiv Plovdiv somehow managed to pull off a 1-1 draw in the first leg and keep this tie very much alive ahead of the reverse fixture in Danish capital.
It was generally an eventful contest pretty much entirely dominated by Copenhagen who missed a penalty after scoring the equalizer.
The Danish outfit allowed their rivals just 6 shots (2 on target) seven days ago in Bulgaria. They have been at the same time dangerous at the opposite end, creating for as many as 15 shots (including the missed penalty).
The Danish outfit will be huge favorites in the second leg on the home patch. They will also be stronger for Jonas Older Wind who returned to the starting XI in the weekend’s 4-2 victory over Brondby.
Wind, who skipped the last week’s game in Bulgaria, completed a brace on Sunday against bitter Danish rivals Brondby.
One of the most talented Danish forwards will be the target man here against Lokomotiv. We expect to see the hosts at more than 20 shots on Thursday.
Wind just has to be in several scoring chances and backing him to score anytime is one of the best betting options you can take here.
The visitors have a much more modest European experience than their rivals. They have never gone beyond the third qualifying round in any continental competition.
Copenhagen vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head meeting between Copenhagen and Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Copenhagen were the much better team on the pitch in the first leg played seven days ago in Bulgaria, but they failed to capitalize as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Copenhagen vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv Prediction
Copenhagen played at least the group phase of the UEFA Europa League in four successive years before being stopped in the playoffs to Croatian Rijeka (a 0-1 defeat) last year. They even played the quarterfinal of the competition two years ago (lost to Manchester United after extra time).
The gulf in quality between these two sides is enormous and we expect an easy and comprehensive victory for the hosts here.
Copenhagen vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv Betting Tips
Copenhagen to win in -2.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.70 odd
HT/FT Copenhagen/Copenhagen @ 1.75 odd.