Copenhagen will be hoping they can get the job done when they host Rakow Czestochowa in the second leg of Wednesday’s Champions League play-off round tie.
The reigning Danish Superliga champions were far from their best in the first leg but they still managed to pick up a 1-0 victory to take back to Parken Stadium.
It was a frustrating defeat for Polish outfit Czestochowa and one that could ultimately cost them a place in the group stage of the Champions League.
Copenhagen remain without long-term injury absentees Akinkunmi Amoo and Khouma Babacar, while Elias Achouri and Davit Khocholava are both carrying knocks and are unavailable.
As for Rakow, Adrian Gryszkiewicz and Ivi Lopez are both on the sidelines with knee problems and will be missing for this clash.
New signing Kamil Pestka, who has made the switch from Cracovia this year, is also expected to miss the second leg due to a knock.
Copenhagen to win and both teams to score @ 13/5
Czestochowa’s failure to bring an advantage with them to Denmark could prove extremely costly and it looks like a difficult task for them to advance into the group stages of Europe’s top competition.
It’s unlikely Copenhagen will put in such a below-par effort at Parken Stadium, where they are unbeaten in their last 10 Champions League matches in 90 minutes.
Jacob Neestrup’s side have scored 14 goals in their five home games across all competitions this season, winning three of those, and that attacking prowess should be enough to see them through.
However, Copenhagen’s defensive issues were exposed last time out by Silkeborg, who notched three times in a 3-1 victory, and this at least provides Czestochowa with the hope of finding the back of the net.
The Polish visitors have scored in all three away Champions League qualifiers this season and the fact that they need to push in the second leg suggests they can extend that scoring run.
Vladyslav Kochergin to score anytime @ 9/2
There are some intriguing prices in the anytime scorer market and one that sticks out is the 9/2 available on Czestochowa star Vladyslav Kochergin.
The 27-year-old Ukrainian, who has one cap for his country, has scored once in the Polish top flight this season and has also netted twice in Champions League qualifying.
He is one of the most dangerous attacking assets for the Medallions and can deliver the goods once again.