Celtic vs Copenhagen Prediction
FC Copenhagen will be hoping to reach the next round of 16 for just the second-time in their Europa League history, while Celtic who have pedigree in this competition (finishing runners-up in 2003) will be looking to progress to the final 16 for the first time since 2004.
Neil Lennon’s Hoops have been impressive in Europe this season, after many seasons of early exits and heavy defeats. The Glasgow-based side have won four times, including away in Italy to title-challenging Lazio, drawing 1-1 in their 1st leg against Copenhagen and losing just the one time to CFR Cluj. Celtic’s recent domestic form has seen them steal a march on arch-rivals Rangers, opening up a comfortable gap which has put them on course for a historic ninth title in-a-row.
FC Copenhagen’s form in Europe has been underwhelming to-date, but they have proven hard to beat. Manager Ståle Solbakken has guided the club to two wins at home and away to Lugano, losing once to their Swedish neighbours and drawing four times 1-1, most recently to Celtic in the 1st leg of the round of 32. Domestically, the current Danish league champions are under-threat of dropping their title to rivals FC Midtjylland.
Celtic vs Copenhagen Recent Meetings
FC Copenhagen head to Glasgow in the 2nd leg knowing they’ll either have to get a score draw or victory for the first time at Celtic Park, if they are to progress.
Celtic vs Copenhagen in Scotland last took place in the 2006 Champions League group stage, with the home side winning 1-0 against their Danish counterparts – the same scoreline this time around would be enough to see Neil Lennon’s side progress to the latter stages of the Europa League.
The 1-1 draw in Copenhagen in the 1st leg hands all the momentum to Celtic, having secured that all-important away goal, however the Danes scored a goal in all of their away trips in the group stage so this is a tie that looks finely poised, despite Celtic’s excellent home form domestically.
Celtic vs Copenhagen Stats & Analysis
Celtic look like a solid unit in the Europa League this season, having only lost once and scored 11 goals in seven games played. That’s an average of 1.57 goals per game, and while they are letting in average of one goal a game they continue to be scoring key winning goals, but to this point are certainly not prolific.
FC Copenhagen meanwhile are surviving in the Europa League. An average of 0.86 goals scored a game (seven played) and conceding an average of 0.7 a game shows just how tight their results have been so far.
With an away win ratio of just 33% in the Europa League this season, compared to Celtic’s 100% home win rate in the competition, it looks a daunting task for FC Copenhagen on their short trip across to Scotland.
Celtic vs Copenhagen Bets
Celtic to win on the night is priced at a super short 4/9, showing exactly which side the odds are pointing to as the favourites. FC Copenhagen are a big outside bet at 13/2 to secure just a second win on the road in Glasgow. A draw of any kind at Celtic Park though is backed at 3/1, which could be a decent option considering how close it was at Parken Stadium in the 1st leg.
Celtic won crucial home games against Rennes and Lazio in the group stage with both teams scoring, and with so much on the line once again in this 2nd leg the Result and Both to Score market looks favourable, with Celtic backed at a profitable 10/3. If a score-draw is what you’re after here then odds of 5/1 are available.