20:05 GMT 16 March 2017
Ajax make the trip to the Danish capital with both sides hoping to progress to the quarter-final of this season’s UEFA Europa League campaign. The visitors have a 2-1 lead heading into the second leg after beating the Dutch giants at home in the first leg. Ajax will be confident of beating Copenhagen on their own soil after picking up an away goal in Denmark, meaning a 1-0 win at home will see them through. This should be a brilliant tactical game.
The sides have met on 5 occasions since the turn of the millennium and Copenhagen dominate the meetings with 3 wins, while Ajax have won 1 and one games has ended a draw. Copenhagen have won the last two but Ajax will be hoping to end that run on Thursday night. Head to head matches: Ajax Amsterdam - FC Copenhagen
Head to head matches: Ajax Amsterdam - FC Copenhagen
Ajax will be extremely confident in their ability to make sure they see themselves through to the quarter-final and their task of beating Copenhagen will be made much easier by the fact that they only have Davy Klaasen missing for the fixture as he’s injured. An almost full-strength side should have far too much class for Copenhagen in tis second leg but the Danish champions won’t just roll over. Latest matches: Ajax Amsterdam
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Latest matches: Ajax Amsterdam
FC Copenhagen will be desperate to hold onto the slender lead they earned themselves in the first leg of this tie and a ‘shut-up-shop’ approach will probably be taken to catch the Dutch on the counter-attack. With only two players missing: Nicolaj Thomsen (injury) and Zanka (suspension) their task isn’t made much harder and they have a great chance to advance into the quarter-final.
Latest matches: FC Copenhagen
|12.03.2017||Supe||FC Copenhagen||Esbjerg FB||2:0||W|
|09.03.2017||UEFA||FC Copenhagen||Ajax Amsterdam||2:1||W|
|05.03.2017||Supe||FC Copenhagen||AC Horsens||5:0||W|
|01.03.2017||DBU||B 93 Copenhagen||FC Copenhagen||0:3||W|
|26.02.2017||Supe||FC Nordsjalland||FC Copenhagen||1:1||D|
The 2-1 win in the first leg has set up a very tasty second leg in this tie and both sides will be confident of going through. Copenhagen will hope to block every Ajax attack and Ajax will look to throw everything they have at the Copenhagen defence. While it probably won’t be a goal fest, it has the makings to be a very good tactical match-up. A win on the night for Ajax looks like the obvious outcome but it might not be enough to get them into the quarter-final.
16 March 2017 - 20:05 GMT
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