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Copenhagen hold a slender 1-0 lead over Rakow Czestochowa going into the second leg of the Champions League play-offs. Parken in Copenhagen gets ready to host this match, which will be of crucial significance from both teams. Copenhagen are looking to achieve success in the Champions League group stage qualification whereas Rakow are looking to make their bow in the group stages of any European competition. A very early goal from Bogdan Racovitan separates the two teams after the first 90 minutes.
Copenhagen vs Rakow Predicted Lineups and News
Copenhagen – Second Successive Group Stage Appearance for Copenhagen?
FC Copenhagen are looking to reach the Champions League group stages in successive campaigns. Last season, the team were paired up in a very difficult group containing the likes of Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. Now, they hold a slender 1-0 lead and home advantage going into the second leg. Jacob Neestrup has also seen his team dominate the numbers from the Danish Superliga with the team only goal difference from topping the table. Copenhagen are unlikely to give impetus to Rakow as sitting back and trying to defend the lead may prove to be a dangerous move.
Team news: Copenhagen
Danish outfit Copenhagen are still struggling without a number of players. The likes of Davit Khocholava, Akinkunmi Amoo, Elias Achouri, and Khouma Babacar continue to remain on the treatment table because of their long-term injury problems. The unavailability of many players could force Copenhagen into the same 4-3-3 formation with not many changes from the first leg. Bardghji, Elyounoussi, and Larsson will be leading the line-up for home team.
Copenhagen Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):
Kamil Grabara, Elias Jelert, Denis Vavro, Kevin Diks, Birger Meling, Viktor Claesson, Rasmus Falk, Diogo Goncalves, Roony Bardghji, Jordan Larsson, Mohamed Elyounoussi
Rakow – All-Out Attack from the Visitors?
Rakow Czestochowa will be keen on avoiding a jump into the attack mode straightaway, as the team can always reverse the narrow 1-0 deficit from the first leg. The Polish outfit are unlikely to go in an all-out attack mode for this reason. The club are unbeaten in the away Champions League matches, but there is plenty of nervousness within the squad, who have not reached the group stages of any European competition before. Manager Dawid Szwarga is very keen on transforming the club’s dominance in the domestic league to European games and they have done very well to reach the play-offs.
Team news: Rakow
Rakow will continue to retain the tactics of three defenders at the back. Ivi Lopez remains out of action due to the knee injury. The same goes for Adrian Gryszkiewicz, is still on the treatment table. Kamil Pestka is the latest addition to the squad for Rakow Czestochowa, but he will be unavailable for the upcoming game due to an injury.
Rakow Predicted Lineups (3-4-1-2):
Vladan Kovacevic, Bogdan Racovitan, Adnan Kovacevic, Milan Rundic, Fran Tudor, Jean Carlos, Gustav Berggren, Giannis Papanikolaou, Marcin Cebula, Vladyslav Kochergin, Fabian Piasecki
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