Copenhagen vs Zenit
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Telia Parken (Copenhagen).
Copenhagen’s congested calendar is about to see them face another very strong test on Thursday evening when Russian giants Zenit come to visit Telia Parken for the first round clash in the new Europa League season.
The hosts failed to pass the first of three tough test within just seven days, falling 3-1 away at the champions Midtjylland on Sunday afternoon. They are still at the very top of the ladder in Superligaen, but Midtjylland are now only a single point behind. To make things more complicated for Stale Solbakken and his men, they will be up against the likes of Nordsjaelland at the weekend.
Zenit will have a super tough affair of their own on Sunday when they play host to Lokomotiv Moscow in the eighth round derby. However, they are in a much better position with six wins and a draw after seven rounds of their Premier League campaign. The most recent of successes came last weekend when they saw off Orenburg 1-2 away from home thanks to a first-half Alexander Erokhin brace.
Copenhagen vs Zenit: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever competitive head to head contest between these two likes.
They met each other just once in the past.
Zenit took a demolishing 5-0 victory in a friendly played in late-January this year.
Copenhagen vs Zenit: Prediction
This one has prospects of providing a very interesting evening of football for the fans at Telia Parken. The hosts made an upset eliminating the likes of Atalanta in the play-offs round after keeping two straight clean sheets against a quite string attacking line-up of the Italians there.
Copenhagen are enjoying a phenomenal home form with six subsequent victories at Parken ahead of the Zenit clash. However, it’s still hard to back the home win here knowing that the visitors have a star-studded squad packed with confidence after a super string kick off to the new Premier League season.
The draw could thus be the best of the betting options, set at the 3.40 odds. The alternative bet would be both teams to score at 1.75. Copenhagen revealed plenty of defensive holes in the most recent defeat to Midtjylland, while we also expect the Lions to concede as they did so in last six Europa League matches on the road.
Copenhagen vs Zenit: Bet Tips
• Draw @ 3.40 (12/5)
• BTTS @ 1.75 (3/4).