Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Stadion Lokomotiv will host Thursday’s Conference League qualifier between Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Copenhagen. The Bulgarian outfit set up a meeting with Copenhagen by beating Slovacko in the two-legged tie, but they face a difficult task in the third qualifying round. Georgi Minchev is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. The Danes, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in the double-header with Zhodino, with the team beating the Belarusians 9-1 on aggregate.
Copenhagen proved their worth in a 2-0 league win over Odense as well, and given their attacking potential, away win should definitely be considered. Jonas Older Wind should keep his place in the starting XI after finding the net in the triumph over Odense, while defender Nicolai Boilesen returns from a domestic ban. Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo, though, remains on the sidelines with injury.
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 (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.