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Celtic vs FC Copenhagen prediction: Celtic 3-1 FC Copenhagen
After a classic game of two halves in Denmark, who will progress in Glasgow?
It was all Celtic in the first half at Parken Stadium and the Hoops took the lead after just 14 minutes through Odsonne Édouard.
However, FC København came out fighting in the second half and levelled just seven minute into it through veteran Dame N’Doye.
Then, Ståle Solbakken’s side were presented with a golden chance to win it.
Ryan Christie was penalised for handball by VAR and the hosts had a penalty.
Jens Stage stepped up but Fraser Forster made a pivotal save onto the post.
So 1-1 it finished in the Danish capital and Neil Lennon will probably be happy with that.
Can Celtic finish the job at Parkhead and win a European knockout phase tie for the first time since 2004?
Highlights of FC Copenhagen 1-1 Celtic
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Celtic vs FC Copenhagen: Who will win?
Celtic are odds on at 1/2 to get the win they need to progress to the round of 16.
København meanwhile are 13/2 to stun Celtic Park and leave with a win.
Another draw is 29/10.
Over 2.5 goals is 11/10.
Both teams to score again is 11/8.
Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals is 6/4.
Odsonne Édouard is Celtic’s top scorer this season. French Eddy is 3/1 to break the deadlock and 13/10 to add to his tally.
James Forrest will also be a threat. He is 13/2 to score first and 14/5 to score anytime.
Dame N’Doye get the vital equaliser last week. The Senegalese international is 9/1 to open the scoring and 4/1 to net against Celtic again.
Jens Stage missed a penalty though seven days ago. He is 25/1 to score first and 10/1 to make up for that with a goal this time.
Mohamed Elyounoussi and Édouard to score is 6/1.
Callum McGregor and Forrest to score is 25/1.
Michael Santos and N’Doye to score is 33/1.
Zeca and Rasmus Falk Jensen to score is 500/1.
Celtic vs FC Copenhagen: Match preview
Can one of Celtic’s best European campaigns for a very long time continue?
The group stage was memorable for a number of reasons, not least wins home and away against Lazio.
In both, the Hoops came from behind to beat the Coppa Italia winners 2-1 with dramatic late goals.
First, Christopher Jullien’s header saw Parkhead go crazy before Olivier Ntcham’s 95th minute chip saw them conquer the eternal city.
That helped Celtic finish first in Group E which also included Cluj and Rennes; the first time ever they’ve won a group in UEFA competition.
However, anyone who thought this tie would be easy was very much mistaken based on the evidence of the first leg.
Nevertheless, a 1-1 draw at Parken Stadium is certainly not a bad result and they’ll be confident of finishing the job here.
How pivotal will Odsonne Édouard’s away goal and Fraser Forster’s penalty save prove to be?
Despite the fact this’ll be their 16 European game of the season, Neil Lennon’s side have continued their relentless domestic form too.
On Sunday, they came from behind to beat Kilmarnock 3-1 at home; Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Édouard and Leigh Griffiths the scorers.
That made it ten domestic wins out of ten in 2020 and they’re now 12 points clear of Rangers at the top of the Premiership.
Of course, they’re still on for a quadruple-treble but want to make an impact in Europe too.
Will Celtic make it seven wins out of eight in Europe at home this season and see off FC København?
FC Copenhagen to stun Glasgow?
As for FC København, they will not want their European season to end here either.
They also came through a tough group, finishing second behind Malmö but knocking out Dynamo Kyiv and Lugano.
This is just their sixth appearance in a knockout phase, losing five of their six ties this far in a UEFA competition.
They’ve also just come back from a two-month winter break but are still winless in 2020.
In their first game back, they lost 1-0 to relegation threatened Esbjerg away from home.
Then, on Sunday, they had to come from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at Silkeborg; Jens Stage with the equaliser.
That means they remain second in the Danish Superligaen but are now nine points behind Midtjylland.
København are the defending champions and have won seven titles since 2008/09 so this is not good enough.
Problems for Ståle Solbakken’s side.
However, what better time to start to turn their season around?
Can København stun Glasgow and win in England or Scotland for the very first time?
Celtic team news vs FC Copenhagen
Just as he did last midweek, Neil Lennon has a decision to make.
He’s picked a back three for all eight Premiership games in 2020 but is likely to revert back to a back four, just as he did in Denmark.
As always, Fraser Forster will be in goal; if he adds to his 15 clean sheets this season they’re through.
At right-back, 18-year-old Jeremie Frimpong is firmly the first choice ahead of Moritz Bauer; Hatem Abd Elhamed is injured.
On the other side, Jonny Hayes is an injury doubt.
Greg Taylor started on Sunday but Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is likely to return to the side.
At centre-back, Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer are the first choice and the change of system will see Jozo Šimunović join Nir Bitton as a substitute.
In midfield Ryan Christie, who has scored 18 goals this season, is suspended after being booked for the handball that gave away the penalty.
In some ways that makes Lennon’s life easier.
Callum McGregor and Scott Brown will sit in front of the back four with Olivier Ntcham ahead of them.
From last Thursday, James Forrest will move back over to the right with Mohamed Elyounoussi coming in.
Up front, Odsonne Édouard has now scored 26 goals this season including nine in ten in 2020.
If it is a 4-2-3-1 rather than a 3-5-2, Leigh Griffiths is the big loser as he’ll be on the bench.
Tom Rogic, Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Patryk Klimala are the other attacking options.
Will this XI be too strong for their visitors?
FC Copenhagen team news vs Celtic
As for Ståle Solbakken’s side, after three games without a win, he has some big decisions to make.
Karl-Johan Johnsson is the regular number one having started 25 games this season, letting in just 23 goals.
In defence, Victor Nelsson and January signing Ragnar Sigurðsson appear to be the first-choice centre-backs ahead of Andreas Bjelland and Sotirios Papagiannopoulos.
At full-back, Karlo Bartolec and Pierre Bengtsson started at the weekend.
However, Guillermo Varela and Bryan Oviedo were the two who got the nod in the first leg and both are likely to return.
In midfield, Jens Stage missed the penalty late on last week but, as always, he’ll be alongside captain Zeca.
Jonas Wind and Robert Mudražija are injured.
Out-wide, they’re without Viktor Fischer.
So, Pep Biel and Rasmus Falk Jensen are likely to start, just as they have in the last two games.
William Bøving, Mohamed Daramy and Nicolaj Thomsen are their alternatives.
Up top Dame N’Doye, who scored the equaliser seven days ago, was rested on Sunday.
However, he’ll return to partner Michael Santos at Mikkel Kaufmann’s expense.
Their top-scorer this season, Pieros Sotiriou, was sold to FC Astana for €5 million as recently as 20 February.
Can FC København make it through?
Predicted Celtic line-up vs FC Copenhagen
Predicted FC Copenhagen line-up vs Celtic
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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