Group G Round 3 of the UEFA Champions league kicks off with a derby of the two top seeded teams, the No.1 Leicester City and the No.2 FC Copenhagen. The hosts, Leicester City Foxes hope to continue their great form in the Champions league, after recording 2 wins in two rounds, while the Danish side, FC Copenhagen has always been a very tough cookie for even bigger European teams.
The Foxes have seen a lot of success in their first ever Champions league campaign, defeating the Club Brugge 3:0 (away) in the first leg and taking down the former UCL Champion Porto 1:0 (at home) in round 2. However, the 2015/2016 English Premier league champion has not seen a lot of success in the domestic competition as they are currently placed at the 13th spot, recording only 1 win in their last 5 matches (1 draw and 3 losses). The Foxes defense has performed very badly in those 3 losses, conceding at least 3 goals per match. On the other side, the attackers have not had more success either, scoring only 4 goals in the last 5 games. Important to note is the fact that Leicester City has lost only 2 games at home over the course of the last 22 home games in all competitions. The Foxes Coach Claudio Ranieri has decided to rest some key players in the 3:0 defeat to Chelsea over the weekend, as Islam Slimani, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Simpson were left out of the squad. The trio should, however, see action on Tuesday, and with no doubt they will be well rested. The main obstacle for yet another victorious evening for the Foxes will be the ability to set apart the Champions league form from the domestic competition poor results. If Ranieri and his team can manage to do this, then there is no reason why the home fans at the King Power Stadium should not see their team record their third straight victory.
However, the Danish Champion FC Copenhagen is traveling to England with high hopes. Compared to their rivals, the Leicester City FC, the Danish team has had success on both fronts, as they are currently holding the Top spot in the domestic competition (3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 matches) and are currently holding the 2nd spot in Group G, with 4 points. One slight problem for the Danish team is the fact that they have not seen a lot of success when going against the Premier League teams (1 win, 3 draws, 4 defeats) in their last 8 meetings. Before the start of the new Champions league season, FC Copenhagen was considered as the underdog of the Group G, but so far they have shown that their goal is to reach the second stage of the competition. Coach Stale Solbakken will rely on a good form of Andreas Cornelius and Federico Santander who have proven to be the main threat for the Danish side.
This match will most likely be one of the more exciting face-offs on Tuesday night. Both teams play a similar style of football, as both coaches like to push forward and see a lot of attacks. Both teams are in a great European form, but the slight advantage goes to the hosts, who are still the top dogs in this match. Look for both teams to score. The home team should take this one with a score of 2:1.
Predicted Leicester City Lineup (4-4-2):
Schmeichel – Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Hernandez – Albrighton, Amartey, Drinkwater, Mahrez – Vardy, Slimani
Predicted FC Copenhagen Lineup (4-4-2):
Olsen – Augustinsson, Johansson, Jorgensen, Ankersen – Falk Jensen, Kvist, Delaney, Verbic – Cornelius, Santander
Leicester City vs FC Copenhagen
UEFA Champions League – Group G
Date: Tuesday, 18th September, 2016,
Kick-Off: 20:45 CET,
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester