Our prediction for this Champions League match:
After defeating Hoffenheim 1-0 in their last Bundesliga game, Borussia Dortmund will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Copenhagen in their Champions League opener. Thorgan Hazard is widely expected to replace talented winger Jamie Bynoe-Gittens in the starting line-up, while summer signing Sebastien Haller remains in the recovery room. All Dahoud, Malen, and Morey Bauza continue to miss out with injuries.
Copenhagen, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 3-1 loss to Nordsjaelland, with the team beating Silkeborg thanks to Viktor Claesson’s goal. The Danish champions, though, will have a much bigger fish to fry against Borussia Dortmund, who have turned their Signal Iduna Park into a real fortress. All Bardghji, Grabara, and Oikonomou are out of contention through injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Marco Reus):
Marco Reus is a German football player who was born on 31 May, 1989. The pacey attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, started his senior career at Rot Weiss Ahlen and it has to be noted that he made 43 league appearances for the club in lower leagues.
In 2009 he signed a four-year contract with Borussia M’gladbach and he scored his first Bundesliga goal against Mainz on 28 August, 2009. After impressing with the Fohlen in the 2011/2012 Bundesliga campaign, he joined Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. He has been playing for the Millionaires ever since and he represents Germany on the international stage as well.
However, he was more than unfortunate to miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup with injury when Joachim Low’s team lifted the prestigious trophy. To make things even worse for Marco Reus, he was forced to withdraw from the Germany Euro 2016 squad as well (injury). The German ace has a contract with Borussia Dortmund which expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (FC Copenhagen):
The most successful club in the history of Danish football FC Kopenhagen was founded in 1992, through the merger of 15-time Danish champions Kjobenhavns Boldklub and seven-time champions of Denmark Boldklubben 1903. Football Club Copenhagen play their matches at the Telia Parken, a venue that can host 38,000 spectators.
The Team of the City as Copenhagen is called in Denmark has won the Danish football championship eleven times, while it has also won the Danish Cup on seven occasions. The club forms great rivalry with Copenhagen’s suburban club Brondby IF with games between the two club attracting some of the biggest crowds in Danish football history in this so called New Firm derby.
Through its history F.C. Copenhagen have participated in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League, while their major European accomplishments have been achieved in the Royal League, with the Danish powerhouse winning two titles and coming as runners-up on one occasion.