Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Lugano desperately needed a win against Malmo in their last group game, but they failed to get one. The Swiss outfit have been playing above expectations in all competitions this season, and, as a result, they have slim chances of booking their place in the Europa League last 32. Seeing that the rock-bottom side are low on confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match against Copenhagen, we do not believe that punters can find value in betting on the hosts.
The Danes, on the other hand, aim to cement top position in the standings. Stale Solbakken’s troops are unlikely to win the domestic trophy, but they are certainly capable of recording a good result in the Europa League. Anyhow, Copenhagen are more of a team than Lugano, who have collected only two points from possible 12 in the group stages.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan Sabbatini):
Jonathan Sabbatini is a professional footballer who plays for Lugano as an attacking midfielder. Sabbatini was born in Paysandu, Uruguay on March 31, 1988, but he started his career at the youth team of Liverpool. In 2008 he moved to Italy, signing a contract with Virtus Lanciano, but he made no more than seven appearances in the league for the club.
The Uruguay international was hungry for a first-team football and, as a result, he joined fellow Italian club Chieti in 2009. Jonathan Sabatini managed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Chieti and he scored 19 goals in 88 appearances in the league for the Stadio Guido Angelini outfit from 2009 to 2012.
In 2012 he signed a deal with Swiss side Lugano and he has been playing for the club ever since. Lugano impressed in the 2016/2017 Swiss Super League campaign, with the team finishing the season in third place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the group stages of the Europa League.
Highlighted Team (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.