FC Copenhagen vs. Sheriff Tiraspol / Europa League – On Thursday evening we will find out who are nine remaining participants of the round of 16 in the Europa League, after all matches of the last, sixth round of the group phase are finished. In one of rare groups where there is still a fight for first two places multiple champions of Denmark and Moldova will meet, Copenhagen and Sheriff, which played a goalless draw in Tiraspol in the second round. Begins: 07.12.2017 – 19:00 CET
However, the result would suit now only the guests from Moldova, given they have even three points more than third-placed Copenhagen ahead of the last round, while at the second place in the Group F is Lokomotiv Moscow that has two points more than the Danes. In the last round Lokomotiv faces already written-off Zlin, which means that only victory takes Copenhagen to the knockout phase, and is reason why the Danes announced a total offensive from the first minute.
However, their form is not encouraging at all as they lost even four and won just one match out of last five. That is reason why they occupy the fifth place in the Danish championship after 18 rounds, while in the Europa League they also moved down from the first to third place after three draws and one defeat, by Lokomotiv in Moscow. Let’s add that out of action for the key match with Sheriff are from before injured stoppers Johansson and Antonsson, and midfielders Gregus and Toutouh.
Probable lineups FC Copenhagen: Olsen – Ankersen, Luftner, Bengtsson, Boilesen – Falk Jensen, Zeca, Matic, Verbic –Pavlovic, Sotiriou
Regarding the guests from Moldova, they too drew three consecutive matches at the start of Europa League but then had played a great match with currently leading team of the Russian Premier League, Lokomotiv Moscow, and totally unexpectedly won by 2-1, while after home victory over Zlina 2-1 they took over the first place in the Group F for the first time. However, to qualify for the round of 16 they need one point from the match in Copenhagen or that Lokomotiv doesn’t win Zlina.
Since the Sheriffs cannot influence at the second match it remains to focus on this one against multiple champion of Denmark, which played much weaker this season than in several previous, which is why the Moldavians believe that are not without chance to finally reach the knockout phase of the Europa League. That is why coach Bordin has rested most of starters last weekend, while for the end we need to add that injured forward Tripic is the only one who is out of action.
Probable lineups Sheriff Tiraspol: Mikulic – Racu, Posmac, Kulusic – Susic, Brezovec, Kendysh, Anton, Cristiano – Badibanga, Jairo
FC Copenhagen – Sheriff Tiraspol PICK
Regardless that the Moldovans come to capital of Denmark as the only unbeaten team in the group we have decided to play here on Copenhagen victory, given their far richer experience with situations like this one.
Pick: Copenhagen wins
Odds: 1.73 at betvictor (down to 1.67 can be played)