Our football match prediction:
By beating Ludogorets of Bulgaria in the last 32, Copenhagen set up a meeting with Ajax in the last 16 of the Europa League. The Danish outfit are on an 18-game unbeaten in all competitions ahead of Thursday’s football game and they did well to crush Horsens (3-0) in their last league fixture. Copenhagen have gained a lot of experience by participating in European competitions and we predict that they will defeat the Dutch outfit in front of home fans. You should bear in mind that Copenhagen recorded seven wins in previous eight home games in the national championship. The Amsterdammers defeated Legia in the Europa League two-legged tie, but seeing that they failed to impress in a 1-1 draw with Groningen at the weekend, we believe that there is a certain value in betting on the hosts this time out. When the two teams met in Amsterdam in the Champions League ten years ago Copenhagen recorded a 2-0 win over Ajax.
Highligted 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 (Ajax):
Ajax are a Dutch football club that was founded on 18 March, 1900. Ajax are well known for their youth academy, which regarded as one of the best youth football schools in the world. The likes of Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart and Marco van Basten are all products of Ajax’s football academy. The Amsterdammers share a big rivalry with Feyenoord and there have always been fireworks when the two teams face each other in De Klassieker. During the seventies Feyenoord and Ajax were the only two teams who were capable of winning the domestic trophies, while PSV have been playing an important role in Dutch football in the 21st century. PSV and Ajax are regarded as big rivals as well and the two teams square off against each other in De Topper. Ajax play their home games at Amsterdam ArenA, the stadium that was opened on 14 August, 1996. The Amsterdammers won their fourth European Cup (Champions League) trophy in 1995, beating Milan in the title game in Vienna.