Verdict: Total away goals over 2.5
Best odds: 4/5
Manchester City’s quest to defend their Champions League title continues on Tuesday evening as they embark on a trip to Scandinavia to face Copenhagen in the first leg of the last-16.
Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City comfortably topped Group G, showcasing their dominance in the competition. Meanwhile, Copenhagen managed to secure the second spot in a relatively difficult Group A, narrowly trailing behind Bayern Munich.
Capitalizing on Manchester United’s ongoing struggles, Danish underdogs Copenhagen faced a challenging start to their 2023/24 Champions League campaign, managing only one point from their first three group stage matches. However, an unexpected three-match unbeaten run in November to December propelled Jacob Neestrup’s side to secure a spot in the last 16.
Narrow victories against Manchester United and Galatasaray, coupled with a commendable goalless draw against group winners Bayern Munich, solidified Copenhagen’s position in the knockout stages. Bayern’s victory over Manchester United on matchday six ensured Copenhagen’s progression, coupled with Lukas Lerager’s solitary goal against Galatasaray.
This marks only the second time Copenhagen have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League. Their previous appearance in the last 16, back in the 2010/11 season, ended in defeat against English opponents Chelsea, with Copenhagen suffering a 2-0 home loss before securing a commendable away draw at Stamford Bridge.
Thirteen years later, Copenhagen find themselves facing another opportunity in the knockout stages amidst inconsistency domestically. A