Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Parken Stadium will host Thursday’s Conference League qualifier between Copenhagen and Sivasspor. The Danes won the first leg 2-1, and, as a result, they are with one foot in the group stages of the new UEFA competition. Copenhagen are on a five-game winning run in all competitions, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win the second leg.
Older Wind, who found the net in a 2-0 win over Sonderjyske, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts, while Kamil Wilczek remains on the sidelines through injury. Sivasspor, on the other hand, will have a mountain to climb in the return leg as they need to overcome a one-goal deficit at Parken Stadium. Since all Pedro Henrique, Goutas, and Appidangoye are sidelined with injuries for the visiting team, we do not believe that the Turks are capable of claiming a major scalp in the Conference League playoffs.
Highlighted Player (Karl-Johan Johnsson):
Born in Ranneslov (Sweden) on January 28, 1990 Karl-Johan Johansson started his youth career at his home-town club Ranneslovs GIF. In 2005 he joined Halmstadts and four years later he made his first-team debut for HBK. The 187-cm-tall goalkeeper made 67 appearances in the league for Halmstads and in 2013 he signed for NEC as a free agent.
Karl-Johan Johnsson played 30 games for the Dutch club during the 2013/2014 Eredivisie campaign and in the summer of 2014 he moved to Randers. The Swedish shoot-stopper spent two seasons at Randers and in 2016 he moved to French club Guingamp. It has to be noted that he managed to keep nine clean sheets in 37 appearances for Guingamp in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign.
His contract with the club expires on June 30, 2020. Speaking of his international career, Karl-Johan Johnsson has 17 caps for Sweden U21 and he made his senior debut in 2012 against Qatar.
Highlighted Team (Sivasspor):
Sivasspor is a Turkish football club based in the city of Sivas. The Red and Whites have been competiting in the Super Lig since 2005, but they have yet to win the domestic trophy. The club’s biggest came in the 2008/09 season when they finished the campaign in the second position in the standings, five points behind champions Besiktas.
As a result, they represented Turkey in the Champions League third qualifying round. Anderlecht proved to be a big catch for the Yigidolar in the qualifiers for the elite competition and, to make things even worse for the fans, the Red and Whites were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League playoffs as well.
Sivasspor welcome their rivals at Sivas Stadium, which can hold up to 27,532 spectators. Max Gradel, Arouna Kone and Mustapha Yatabare are the notable players who play for the clubs. Sivasspor were founded on May 9, 1967.