FC Copenhagen have a tough game ahead as they welcome Manchester City in the Champions League Round of 16. The hosts are disadvantaged even before taking to the pitch, their league having taken a winter break. Copenhagen, who reached the knockouts by the slimmest of margins are set to play one of the biggest games in their season. Facing the defending champions, Copenhagen will hope the experience from the Atlantic Cup lifts them. They didn’t have it great in the tournament either, finishing fourth with six points from a possible nine. The Danes will take inspiration from having advanced out of a group that had Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Galatasaray. They did well in a goalless draw with Bayern, and had slim wins over United and Galatasaray in the groups. Two wins in their last seven competitive matches doesn’t sound too encouraging ahead of such a match. Still, Copenhagen will want to make their second appearance at this stage in 13 years count. The last time they were in this stage was in the 2010/11 season. Back then, coincidentally, they met an English side, Chelsea, and were eliminated.
Manchester City are on a great run heading into this game, and will be expected to post a routine win. They are unbeaten in their last 13 matches, winning 12 of them. City have actually posted 10 straight wins ahead of this game, the most recent a 2-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League. A 1-0 loss away to0 Aston Villa early in December was City’s last defeat and they’ve since gone on to win the Club World Cup. For a team that finished the group stage without dropping a point, this game should end in an easy win. While they failed to keep a clean sheet away from home in the groups, City managed three goals in each game. Their injury crisis is easing too, and with Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland ticking, this will be a tough one for the hosts. With Copenhagen failing to score in just two of nine Champions League games, defence will be the concern for City. The visitors have one clean sheet in five.
Manchester City have a great run coming into this game and they will slot in as outright favorites. Playing away from home will not faze the champions, who are unbeaten in nine away matches in the competition. Copenhagen aren’t strong contenders at this level and are expected to crumble here. Our prediction for Copenhagen v Manchester City is for Manchester City to win.