Leicester v Copenhagen – King Power Stadium at 19:45 live on BT Sport 3
My second Champions League Asian Handicap preview for Tuesday focuses on the action at the King Power Stadium. Two unbeaten records are at stake, as Leicester host Copenhagen. A win would put the Foxes in touching distance from the last 16 but they face an in form side who will be tough to beat.
Domestically, it’s been a difficult start to Leicester’s title defence. It was never going to be an easy season for the Foxes after least years over-achievement.
They have also had a tough run of fixtures, which has stifled any chance of momentum. One point earned from matches against Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea, at an aggregate score of 2-11, has left them in 13th place after 8 matches. Leicester will improve and climb the table, but Europe seems to be Ranieri’s main focus this season, and why not.
It’s been a perfect start for the Foxes, defeating Club Brugge 3-0 in Belgium before a 1-0 win over Porto at home. The UCL looks to have offered a welcome distraction, as they play without pressure, relishing in fact they are underdogs, just as they were in the Premier League last season.
Leicester come into this match as favourites after their 2 wins. They are also 1.33 favourites to win the group and are best priced 1.07 to qualify. I don’t expect this favourtism to affect them however but at 1.95 -0.5 on the Asian Handicap market, I think they are a little short.
The Danes are in excellent form, both domestically and in Europe. They are 6 points clear in the Danish Superliga after 13 matches and remain unbeaten this season. In fact they have put together a run of 22 games without defeat and have lost just twice in their last 43 matches.
Copenhagen had to come through three rounds of qualifying to get to the group stages. They started the group well with a hard fought 1-1 draw at Porto before thumping Club Brugge 4-0 at home. They are in 2nd place, just a point behind Leicester.
Stale Solbakken has built a side that is defensively very strong. They have conceded just 6 times in 13 league matches this season and have kept clean sheets in their last 4 outings in all competitions.
Solbakken would take a draw coming into the game and as a result will set up very defensively which is their strength. They have the quality to shut out Leicester but it will be a tough 90 minutes.
This is a very difficult match to call. You have Leicester’s 100% record against Copenhagen’s long unbeaten record. The hosts have shown many weaknesses domestically which are not apparent in Europe. That being side, I still can’t back them with confidence.
A single goal could well decide this one, but a draw also looks a likely result. The visitors are a very strong side and will frustrate the Foxes. Leicester may have more of the ball, which is not what they are used to, and I don’t see them getting many chances on the counter attack.
I have to go where the value is and that’s Copenhagen with a +0.5 advantage on the Asian Handicap market at 2.03
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Copenhagen +0.5 at 2.03
Prices correct at time of writing.
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