Copenhagen welcomes Sevilla to Parken Stadium in Denmark on Wednesday evening. Both clubs suffered dismal losses in their Champions League debuts last week. In Group G, Copenhagen is in third place after losing 3-0 at Borussia Dortmund, while Sevilla is in fourth place after losing 4-0 at home to Manchester City.
Match Preview: Copenhagen vs Sevilla
Last season, Copenhagen won the Danish Superliga for the 14th time, qualifying for the Champions League playoffs. They beat Trabzonspor over two legs.
The Danish giants beat Trabzonspor 2-1 in the first leg on August 16 and drew 0-0 in Turkey to reach the group stage for the first time since 2016-17.
Copenhagen competed in the Europa League the previous season, reaching the round of 16 before succumbing to PSV Eindhoven. They struggled in their Group G opening against Dortmund, losing 3-0.
The Lions have lost three of their previous four matches, including two in the league. They fell 2-1 to OB on Saturday. Jess Thorup’s team must win both games against Sevilla to avoid coming last in their group.
Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui was reportedly on the verge of being fired after three consecutive losses to Almeria, Barcelona, and Man City. He was expected to be fired if the club lost against Espanyol on Saturday.
Erik Lamela and Jose Angel Carmona put Los Nervionenses up 3-0 in the first half, but Espanyol came back to win 3-2. Sevilla’s win lifted them to 16th in the rankings with four points from their opening five games.
Lopetegui’s squad has struggled in the league this season and lost 4-1 to Man City in the Champions League last week. Sevilla faces Villarreal and Atletico Madrid in the league before hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Team News: Copenhagen vs Sevilla
On Wednesday, the home team will be without Kamil Grabara and Akinkunmi Amoo due to injuries, but otherwise, they are in terrific form.
Despite the return of Andreas Cornelius to the starting lineup at the point of attack, there will be many substitutions made from the team that faced OB in the league last weekend.
Some starters, like Mohamed Daramy and Denis Vavro, will be returning to the lineup, while others, like Viktor Claesson and Lukas Lerager, will retain their positions.
Jesus Manuel Corona and Marcao are still out for Sevilla, while Papu Gomez has been included in the matchday roster despite health concerns.
Lamela, who was sent off against Espanyol on the weekend but will be available today, is a potential starter in the last third of the field with Isco and Youssef En-Nesyri.
Carmona scored twice from right back in the last game and should start in place of Jesus Navas today, although the defensive midfielders might be swapped out for Karim Rekik and Tanguy Nianzou.
- Among Copenhagen’s Potential Starting XI: Ryan, Diks, Khocholava, Vavro, Kristiansen, Claesson, Falk, Zeca, Lerager, Daramy, Cornelius.
- Potential Sevilla Starting XI: Bono, Carmona, Nianzou, Rekik, Acuna, Jordan, Fernando, Rakitic, Lamela, En-Nesyri, Isco.
Our Prediction: Copenhagen 1-1 Sevilla
Sevilla will think that they are capable of claiming victory on Wednesday, but given the difficulties that they have had so far in the season, it is impossible to support them with any kind of true confidence at this time.
Even though Copenhagen’s most recent match was a loss to Dortmund by a significant margin, we anticipate that the Danish champions will be able to earn a point on their own turf.
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