Europa League Preview (Group Stage): FC Copenhagen vs. HJK Helsinki

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Updated: September 11, 2014
FC Copenhagen

Match Date: 18 September 2014 (local time)

Venue: Parken

 

FC Copenhagen’s Champions League stint last season, although short lived could readily inspire them to start a strong campaign in the Europa League. Although there is a failed attempt to replicate what they have accomplished last season, this should not cause too much trouble. The mere fact that the squad plays in one of the biggest tournaments in Europe is already a solid testament to its team depth and quality.

 

But while it is true that they have a more extensive experience than their upcoming opponent, which is HJK Helsinki, Copenhagen cannot afford to be complacent or it might experience another heartbreaking stunner.

 

The contenders

FC Copenhagen

The Lions’ attempt to enter the Champions League for the second time around was readily prevented by the defeats they suffered under Bayer Leverkusen’s hands. In their 2-legged play-offs, it was the German outfit, which stole the show.
Although it was a disappointing scenario, the Lions can nonetheless, use such experience to beat HJK Helsinki. They fought against the best teams in Europe. They learned from the best and these will be their best weapon as they begin to feature in the said competition.

 

HJK Helsinki

Just when Copenhagen thought that its Champions League elimination is frustrating, Helsinki’s side is even more disappointing. The club forced a draw against Apoel during the qualification stage. But the second leg did not go into their favor and juts like Copenhagen, they can readily capitalize on the said loss to boost their Europa League ambitions.

 

Possible head turners

Copenhagen may be the online betting favorite, but they should be wary of  Helsinki’s  Demba Savage. He pulled off 2 goals during the stalemate against Apoel and he could feature again in the upcoming match.

 

Prediction

FC Copenhagen 2-1 HJK Helsinki

 

Image Source: FCK