Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
PSV play host to Copenhagen at their Philips Stadion in the Conference League last 16, first leg. PSV somehow survived Maccabi Tel Aviv in the previous round, but their brilliant form in the Eredivisie is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Copenhagen. Fit-again Israel international Zahavi should keep his place in the starting XI after finding the net in a 3-1 win over Heracles, while Gakpo is pushing for a start.
The Danes, on the other hand, are on a four-game winning run in the national championship, but seeing that PSV have turned their Philips Stadion into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors will return to Copenhagen empty-handed. When the two teams met in Eindhoven (Europa League) 13 years ago PSV defeated Copenhagen thanks to Jonathan Reis’ goal, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Mario Gotze):
Mario Gotze is a German midfielder, who played for Ronsberg and Eintrach Hombruch during his youth career before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2001. He made a great progress during his spell at the Borussia Dortmund’s youth academy and on 21 November, 2009 he made his Bundesliga debut for the Millionaires.
Gotze scored 22 goals in 83 league appearances for the club between 2009 and 2013 and he joined Borussia Dortmund’s bitterest rivals Bayern Munich on April, 2013. The German midfielder, who is capable of playing as a striker as well, failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, but it has to be noted that he was struggling with injury at the start of the season.
Gotze won three Bundesliga trophies with Bayern Munich, but at the end of the 2015/2016 season he returned to Borussia Dortmund. In 2014 he represented Germany at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he scored the winner in the final against Argentina. Mario Gotze was born in Memmingen on 3 June, 1992.
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.