Premier European soccer action unfolds on Monday as the quarter-finals of the Europa League take place and the pick of the Monday games sees Manchester United lock horns with FC Copenhagen for a place in the semi-final.
The RheinEnergieStadion is the venue for Monday night’s Europa League clash between Manchester United and FC Copenhagen with a place in the semi-final at stake for both teams. Due to the delays caused by the Coronavirus lockdown the quarter-final stage and onwards will all be one-off matches with extra-time and penalties used if required to determine a winner.
COPENHAGEN SET TO STRUGGLE
FC Copenhagen dumped Celtic out of the Europa League at the round of 32 stage but the Danish side haven’t found the net in their last four meetings in Europe against English teams and have just one win in ten from their European encounters with English teams.
That success came against a Manchester United side under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2006 and they’ve never managed to reach this stage of the competition in their history until now.
Manchester United meanwhile have enjoyed a very good season and will have high hopes of progressing despite arguably not being at their best in recent weeks as fatigue takes its’ toll on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side.
Although the damage was already done in the first leg and the Red Devils could afford to relax when seeing out the second leg of their last-16 tie with LASK Linz, they huffed and puffed to a 2-1 win although to be fair there was a fair bit of squad rotation.
There’s unlikely to be any complacency on Monday night from the Manchester side who will surely field their strongest side with their eyes firmly focused on the prize of advancement.
MANCHESTER UNITED FORM CAN SEE THEM THROUGH
The Red Devils have suffered just one defeat from their last 23 matches which came in the FA Cup semi-final where the lethargic Reds were swept aside by Chelsea. But that match aside they have been almost imperious in Europe and have won three of their last five matches in the Europa League by four goals or more.
That potent attack will likely be in the thick of the action again where they face a Copenhagen side that has been struggling for form in their domestic league where they have lost four of their last seven matches in the Danish Superliga.
Although they’ve won their last two in the league, their overall recent form makes them vulnerable taking on Solskjaer’s side who are finding the net with regularity and will have likely have their strongest team out in the winner-takes-all match. Of course the distraction of Europe could well be the spark that the Danes need to kickstart an upturn in fortune and Stale Solbakken’s team did overturn a first-leg deficit against Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir to advance to this stage.
They’ll find the Red Devils a different beast however; but with everything at stake in this one-off encounter the Danes can’t be underestimated and they’ve shown they are a very capable side.
AWAY FORM THE KEY TO VICTORY
Despite beating Celtic in Glasgow in the round of 32, most of Copenhagen’s best form in the Europa League has come at home so it remains to be seen how they’ll cope playing away from familiar territory especially at this crucial stage.
Conversely, United’s away form in Europe has remained strong and while they have scored plenty of goals they’ve also been pretty tight at the back and seven of their last ten Europa League matches have seen the Red Devils shut out the opposition.
With Copenhagen struggling to find the net against English sides and away from Telia Parken Stadium we would expect that trend to continue with United keeping the Danes’ chances to a minimum while providing plenty of menace in attack.
MANCHESTER UNITED V FC COPENHAGEN BETTING TIPS
Copenhagen have done very well to get this far in the competition, but they face an altogether more formidable opponent at this stage in Manchester United who are bidding to win a second Europa League crown in three years and will prove hard to beat.
The Danes have struggled against English opposition and playing away from home, and they face a side who arrive on the top of their game and the United big guns will have been freshened up with many sitting out last week’s second leg win over LASK Linz.
United have been solid at the back in Europe and potent in attack; they are likely to have too much firepower for the Danes who could find themselves overwhelmed in this one-off shoot-out for a semi-final place. They’ll give a good account for sure but United should prove too strong and can advance comfortably to the last four.
The Red Devils can rack up the goals again while shutting out the Danes who are expected to be in for a torrid evening in Germany.
Bet 1: Manchester United to win, over three goals in the match, both teams to score NO @ +500 (Bet365)
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