Danish giants FC Copenhagen square off with Belgian side Club Brugge in the Champions League 3rd qualifying stage, with a tight game expected at Parken Stadium.
One of the most decorated clubs in Scandinavia missed out on their fourth successive league title to Nordsjaelland and were, therefore, forced to take part in the Champions League qualifying stages.
The club have seen two very important players leave this summer, with best ever top scorer Dame N’Doye joining Lokomotiv Moscow and key defender Zanka Jorgensen leaving for PSV Eindhoven.
Bayer Leverkusen youngster Nicolai Jorgensen was the only notable signing, while former Anderlecht boss Ariel Jacobs took over the reigns from Carsten Jensen.
FC Copenhagen enjoyed a good start to the league campaign, taking seven points from their first three games, and after scoring seven goals in two home wins, they are now 2.20 (6/5) with Stan James to see off Club Brugge as well.
Boss Ariel Jacobs has no fresh injury worries, but he is expected to make some changes to the side that beat Aab at the weekend.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Wiland – Jacobsen, Standsgaard, Sigurdsson, Oviedo – Bolanos, Grindheim, Kristensen, Vingaard – Santin, Abdellaoue.
The Belgian giants have once again failed to lift the league title, but at least they managed to win the second place that allowed them to take part in Champions League qualifying stages.
After selling key midfielder Nabil Dirar in January, Club Brugge decided to seriously reinforce the squad over the summer, bringing no less than five new players.
Proven goalscorer Mohamed Tchite was probably the biggest signing of the transfer window in Belgium, but Buysse, Jorgensen, Larsen and Trickovski should also improve the quality of the squad.
Following some under-par showings in pre-season, Georges Leekens’ side recorded a 3-1 victory over Waasland Beveren at the start of the league campaign and they are now 1.80 (4/5) with bet365 to qualify for the next stage.
Fredrik Stenman, Jesper Jorgensen, Bjorn Vlemincx and Ivan Trickovski are all sidelined through injury and have stayed in Belgium.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Kujovic – Hogli, Donk, Larsen, Figueras – Odjidja-Ofoe, Zimling, Victor Vazquez – Meunier, Akpala, Refaelov.