Tip FC Copenhagen - Celtic
One of the more impressive teams to make it through the Europa League group stage, Celtic topped a group featuring Lazio. That's the same Lazio that are second in Serie A. Celtic beat them home and away. A trip to Denmark won't be too daunting. Copenhagen are the Bhoys' opponents in the round of 32 and the Parken Stadium is the venue for their first meetings. As one might expect from the reigning champions of the Danish Superliga, Copenhagen's record is quite good. They have only lost two of the 17 matches played there this season, one of those being decided by penalties. However, they rarely blitz opponents on their own patch. Their 3-1 home win over Riga last August is the only one of their last ten European matches at Parken in which they have scored more than one goal. The other nine have yielded just five in total for the home side, a record that won't have Celtic quaking.
Fans of the SPFL will be overjoyed that eight successive titles haven't diminished Celtic's hunger to add further silverware to their trophy cabinet. Ten points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League, further glory beckons. Celtic fans would probably trade a ninth title for European gold though. They haven't won a European trophy since the '70s and last reached a final in 2003. (Losing to a Porto side coached by a certain Jose Mourinho.) Taking things by the old 'one game at a time' adage, they will first have to end a run of three successive exits at this stage of the competition. In all three competitions, they failed to score in the away leg. Given that Celtic have only failed to score twice in 45 games this season, we think they might end that hoodoo. Back both teams to score.
Key points FC Copenhagen - Celtic
Celtic have scored in 43 of their 45 competitive matches this season.
Copenhagen have only scored more than one goal once in their last ten European matches.
Copenhagen have only lost one of their 17 home matches in normal time.
Conclusion FC Copenhagen - Celtic
Celtic haven't had trouble scoring in this campaign. The Scottish Premier League rarely offers much resistance but their European exploits are a more accurate yardstick of how highly they should be rated. Given how impressive some of their results in the Europa League have been, it's little wonder they're favorites. We expect them to at least score (as well as concede). Back both teams to score.
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FC Copenhagen Celtic Prediction published on February 17, 2020