Copenhagen v Leicester – Parken Stadium at 19:45 live on BT Sport 3
My second Champions League Asian Handicap preview of the week focuses on Leicester’s trip to Copenhagen. Leicester become the first English team to win their first 3 UCL group games when defeating the Danish side two weeks ago. With 9 points from a possible 9 they are all but assured of a place int he knockout stages, but it’s the hosts who offer some value here for me.
The Lions suffered their first defeat in 22 competitive matches at the King Power stadium after a fantastic start to their season. They were unfortunate not to come away with a point, allowing Leicester to score with just one of two shots on target. Copenhagen had 59% of the ball and used it well, carving out 9 chances, but were unable to find the breakthrough.
Since that defeat, Stale Solbakken got his side back to winning ways with 3 away victories on the spin, scoring 12 times.
Copenhagen’s home record speaks for itself, winning 18 of their last 20 competitive matches have have scored 30 goals in their last 10 at the Parken Stadium. You can back them at an enticing 2.35 to gain revenge on the Foxes.
The current Premier League title holders have exceeded expectations by winning all 3 of their Champions League fixtures so far. They have shocked me each time, but I think they have rode their luck a little bit.
Defensively they weren’t excellent against Club Brugge but ran out 3-0 winners. They were also lucky to get the 3 points in the reverse of this fixture, but 9 points is 9 points and the Foxes will be in confident mood ahead of this one.
Since defeating Copenhagen, they have put in a couple of good performances in the EPL, beating Crystal Palace 3-1 and earning a draw against Spurs, 1-1. That has lifted them up to 11th in the table, which may not appear that great, but considering their fixtures, it could have been worse. I think they will improve and climb further.
This will be only be Leicester’s second away trip in the Champions League. They are up against a formidable home side in Copenhagen who have been scoring for fun recently.
The Foxes are starting to look like they team they were going forward last season, but defensively they aren’t as strong. I have underestimated them in the Champions League this season though, so although 2.35 on the hosts to take all 3 points offers real value, I’m playing it a little safer.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Copenhagen -0.25 at 2.03
Prices correct at time of writing.
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