Our football match prediction:
Copenhagen and Lokomotiv Moscow face each other at Telia Parken in Copenhagen in the Group F derby. Copenhagen were eliminated by Qarabag of Azerbaijan on away goal rule in the Champions League play-offs and they could be low on confidence on Thursday evening. The Danish side, though, are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home in European competitions and they are definitely capable of upsetting the Russian side. Lokomotiv have been producing splendid performances at the start of the new Russian Premier League campaign and they are widely expected to grab something from Thursday’s football match. However, as previously mentioned, Copenhagen are tough to beat on home soil and, taking everything into account, the two teams are likely to play out a draw in the capital of Denmark. One of the men to watch in the away team will be Russian rising star Aleksey Miranchuk, who is enjoying a very successful season.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Cornelius):
The 23-year-old Danish international Andreas Cornelius plays as a striker for F.C. Copenhagen. Product of the youth set-up, Corneluis started his professional career at F.C. Copenhagen in 2012 when he joined the first-team of the Danish giants. His first goal for Copenhagen came in the very first game of the new season 2012-13 against Odense, when Cornelius scored an opening goal in a 2-2 draw. Cornelius’ immediate impact and impression in the first-team quickly made his the fan favourite. The Danish striker became one of the most popular players of the club despite playing only one full season with the first team before he was transferred to Cardiff City in 2013. Cornelius was unfortunate to sustain a recurrent ankle injury which prevented him from making his stamp in the new team and which also reduced his playing time to only 8 Premier League performances. Not only did Cornelius miss three months of club football, but he also failed at the chance to compete for his country in their final qualification games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Cornelius ended up returning to Copenhagen in January 2014, where he has so far played more than 65 matches and enjoyed 18 goals.
Highlighted Team (Lokomotiv Moscow):
Founded in 1922 as Kazanka, Lokomotiv Moscow are a Russian football club that play their home games at RZD Arena. The stadium was opened in July 2002 and the capacity of the venue is 27.320. Lokomotiv won their first Russian Premier League trophy in 2002, with the team finishing the season just above their local rivals CSKA Moscow. The two teams were level on points (66), but thanks to a better head-to-head record Lokomotiv eventually lifted the trophy. Two years later (2004) the capital club repeated the success and once again CSKA Moscow finished second, only one point behind the Krasno-zelyonyye (Red-Greens). Lokomotiv Moscow have always been attracting high-profile footballers and it has to be noted that the likes of Felipe Caicedo, Peter Odemwingie, Branislav Ivanovic, Igor Denisov, Dmitri Torbinski, Vedran Corluka, Emir Spahic, Lassana Diarra and Jan Durica played for the club in the past. Lokomotiv play their home games in green shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.