UEFA Champions League Preview: Leicester City v FC Copenhagen

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Updated Wednesday 19th October 2016, 07:59 AM


Tuesday night will see Leicester City put their 100 percent winning record in the Champions League on the line as they face Danish Superliga champions FC Copenhagen at the King Power Stadium. The current English title holders may not be producing the same sort of heroic performances in the league as they did last season, but in Europe the team are certainly giving the fans plenty to shout about. Sports.net takes a look at the Foxes chances of making it three wins from three.

How the Bookies See it

  • Winner: Leicester 17/20, Draw 12/5, FC Copenhagen 17/5 - William Hill
  • Correct Score: Leicester 1-0 6/1, Draw 1-1 13/2, Leicester 2-0 8/1 - BetVictor
  • Half Time/Full Time: Leicester/Leicester 15/8, Draw/Leicester 7/2, Draw/Draw 4/1 - Bet365

Form:

  • Leicester City immediately adapted to life in the Champions League and have been like a fox amongst hens in the Group G coop. A sound 3-0 thrashing of Club Brugge in Belgium was followed by a hard-fought 1-0 win against 2004 winners Porto. The Midlands side, who are yet to concede in the group stage, have not enjoyed the same fortune domestically, where they have made one of the worst starts to a season by any defending champion in Premier League history.
  • FC Copenhagen breezed into the group stages with four wins in six games, scoring 15 times in the process. The Danes have continued this form, picking up a positive 1-1 draw with Porto before piling the misery on Group G whipping boys Club Brugge with a 4-0 drubbing. On home soil, the Lions have ripped the opposition apart and currently sit top of their league, netting an average of over two goals a game.   

 

Sports.net’s view

Leicester seem to be prioritising their European adventure over their league form this season, although those at the club may not admit it fully. The Foxes find themselves way off the pace in the Premier League title race, but performing miracles in the Champions League, albeit in a weak-looking group. A win against the reigning Danish champions is expected by many bookmakers, with William Hill offering odds of 17/20, but for those looking for slightly better odds, a 2-0 win for the English side seems well priced at 8/1 with Paddy Power. If you’re not confident enough to predict the scoreline, a win to nil is also a good shout.       

FC Copenhagen have proved that they are no pushovers in Europe’s premier club competition. The eleven-time Superliga winners are able to boast a win rate of just over 40 percent in the Champions League and have tasted both victory and defeat on the same number of occasions (26). Fans of the side from the Danish capital have witnessed famous wins over British opposition in the past, most notably Manchester United in 2006. The away side don’t possess many household names, but Andreas Cornelius is one man that may be familiar to Premier League fans. The striker spent a year with Cardiff City before returning to his hometown club with great effect and is the team’s greatest threat in front of goal. Expect the 23-year-old to worry the Foxes’ defense if he gets the chance.   

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Leicester to win to nil - 15/8 with Sky Bet


 

*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:59:35+00:00
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