Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen Match Preview and Predictions
United head to Germany for a one-off Europa League quarter-final against FC Copenhagen in Cologne after safely coming through their round-of-16 tie against LASK on Wednesday night.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Leading 5-0 from the first leg in Linz, United fell behind to a superb curling long-range strike from Philipp Wiesinger, but Jesse Lingard quickly levelled before substitute Anthony Martial wrapped up a 7-1 aggregate victory in the closing stages.
Their Danish opponents booked a spot in the last eight by coming back from a goal down in the first leg to beat newly-crowned Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir 3-0 on the night.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 5, 2020
When is it? Monday August 10th
What time is kick-off? 20:00
Where is it being played? Stadion Koln, Cologne
Which channel is it on? BT Sport 1
Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for Monday’s quarter-final for which we also have a range of other markets available:
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made nine changes from the side that beat Leicester 2-0 on the final day of the Premier League season and few of those fringe players impressed against the Austrians, particularly during a poor first half in which they did not produce a single shot on target.
Solskjaer later revealed that some of the peripheral players that had served the club so well during the group stage and in Linz may make way on Monday night.
He said: “Now we travel to Germany with a squad that’s had enough game time. These players needed to play to get their rhythm and get their confidence up and get the feel of a game. It won’t be the same team, so we’ll make some changes.”
That could even mean Sergio Romero making way for David de Gea despite missing only one Europa League tie this season.
Solskjaer said it would be a case of “wait and see”, adding: “He played well definitely, but I’m not going to say Sergio is the Europa League keeper.
“It’s between him and David all the time. We’re going to pick a team that we think is going to win the tournament.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 6, 2020
With potentially three matches in the space of 12 days before the final on August 21, there will be opportunities for second-choice players to make an impact, but it seems like Solskjaer will pick a strong side to face the Danes, who won just two of their games in a low-scoring Group B in which they finished runners-up behind Malmo.
They drew 1-1 with Celtic in the opening leg in the round of 32 but surprisingly won 3-1 at Parkhead to set up the clash with Istanbul Basaksehir.
Copenhagen have only conceded seven goals during their run to the quarter-finals and although they have not yet faced a team of United’s quality, we feel they won’t crumble as LASK did before the competition was suspended.
With that in mind, United to win and under 3.5 goals is the first of our Manchester United vs Copenhagen betting tips.
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First goalscorer tips
With Odion Ighalo not certain to start on Monday, the door could be open for in-form striker Anthony Martial to get the ball rolling as the first goalscorer.
The French forward scored four minute after coming on as a sub against to seal the win against LASK on Wednesday and his 23 goals in all competitions this season could see him start up front.
Martial has broken the deadlock six times this season, so gets the nod to do so again at 10/3.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Jesse Lingard’s future may be up in the air but he has done his chances of staying at United no harm by scoring in his last two matches against Leicester and LASK.
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) August 5, 2020
The midfielder only has four goals this season but he has shown Ole Gunnar Solskjaer what he can do when given the chance and catches the eye at 12/5 to score any time.
Where the game will be won or lost
Copenhagen finished 14 points behind champions Midtjylland in the Danish Superliga but they have started to pick up some momentum having reached the last eight of a European competition for the first time.
Jonas Wind got the ball rolling with a diving header in the fourth minute and slotted home a penalty to put them ahead on aggregate before Rasmus Falk’s excellent solo effort sealed the tie.
The winger was the star of the show on Wednesday night and could prove a handful for United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, especially when he drifts in from the left as he did for his goal.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 5, 2020
Falk said: “We also played well against Celtic, and our performance today was probably on a par with that performance. We have been better in Europe than in the Super League.”
Basaksehir coach Okan Buruk admitted his side struggled to handle the energy shown by Copenhgaen, who scored as many goals as they had in their four previous home games in the Europa League.
They deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation against Basaksehir with Wind operating behind young striker Mikkel Kaufmann, given a chance to impress after former Hull and Sunderland striker Dame N’Doye left the club having failed to agree a new deal.
With an inexperienced teenager up front, we’re not expecting too many goals from the Danes despite their impressive midweek performance.
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— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 5, 2020
A goalless first half is 43/20, but we’re siding with Draw/United at 13/5 in the half-time/full-time market as the next of our Manchester United vs Copenhagen predictions.
With Solskjaer expected to ring the changes, many may expect this quarter-final to be a cakewalk, but the Danes have proved to be a tough nut to crack as Celtic discovered in the previous round.
We don’t think there will be a lot in the game even if the Red Devils are at full strength, so a win by exactly one goal catches the eye at 17/5.