Our football match prediction:
Copenhagen have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the season. The capital club occupy eight position in the Danish Superliga standings and it is no surprise they suffered a 1-0 loss to Qarabag in Azerbaijan in the first leg of the Champions League play-offs. Copenhagen were totally outplayed by Qarabag in Tuesday’s football match, but it is well known that the Danes produce much better displays in front of home fans. Stale Solbakken’s troops did well to crush Vardar at home in the third qualifying round, but the game against the Azerbaijan champions will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the horizon and we predict that the game will go into extra time. Paraguayan attacker Federico Santander, who has netted three goals in all competitions so far this season, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts against Qarabag.
Highlighted Player (Mathias Jorgensen):
Son to a Danish mother and a Gambian father, Mathias Jorgensen is a 26-year-old centre back who started his career with F.C. Copenhagen in 2007. During his first spell with the Danish powerhouse, Jorgensen struggled with injuries that hampered his early career with Copenhagen, but the powerful defender succeeded in becoming an important first-team player for the club earning the captain’s armband in 2011. Five year after his senior debut with the club, Jorgensen moved to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven where he struggled for playing time in the first team and ended up playing only 14 matches over the course of two years. Zenka, as he is commonly referred to in Denmark with his nickname originating from the movie Cool Runnings, returned to Copenhagen in 2014 and has so far featured in over 65 league matches for the club. Mathias Jorgensen moved through all youth ranks of the Denmark national team and was given his first full senior cap in 2008.
Highlighted Team (Qarabag):
Over the years Qarabag have established themselves as one of the best teams in Azerbaijan. The club was founded in 1951 and they were playing under the name of Mehsul back then. Qarabag won their first trophy in the national championship in 1993, beating Khazar Sumgayit in the title game. In the 2015/2016 season they won their fourth domestic trophy, with the team finishing the season 22 points clear of second-placed Zira. Qarabag participated in the 2016/2017 Champions League qualifiers, but they were more than unfortunate to suffer a loss to Viktoria Plzen in the two-legged tie. The Azerbaijan outfit were beaten by the Czechs on away goal rule and, as a result, they made it to the Europa League playoffs. Thanks to a win over Goteborg in the double-header Qarabag made it to the knockout stages of the competition. The Horsemen play their home games at Azersun Arena and their home colours are black. Qarabag play their away games in white kits.