Copenhagen vs Man City Preview & Prediction | 2023-24 UEFA Champions League | Round of 16
When is Copenhagen vs Man City on and what time does it start? Copenhagen vs Man City will take place on Tuesday 13th February, 2024 – 20:00 (UK)
Where can I get tickets for Copenhagen vs Man City? Visit each club’s official website for the latest ticket information
What channel is Copenhagen vs Man City on in the UK? Copenhagen vs Man City will be televised live on TNT Sports in the UK
Where can I stream Copenhagen vs Man City in the UK? Copenhagen vs Man City can be streamed live on the discovery+
Copenhagen have performed extremely well to make it to the knockouts, finishing ahead of both Man Utd and Galatasaray in Group A, and they will need to rely on their strong home form in Europe in order to have any chance of progressing against the reigning champions.
The Danish side have not been in competitive action for two months, however, due to the Superliga’s winter break, so there is concern that they will be lacking match sharpness against Pep Guardiola’s men.
It was a perfect six wins from six for Man City in the group stage as they began their defence of the Champions League title they won last season, and they are fully expected to come through this two-legged tie against one of the perceived weaker teams in the round of 16.
As has been typical for Man City in recent seasons, they have really started to hit their stride since the turn of the year, with their FIFA Club World Cup triumph in late December kick-starting a run of ten consecutive wins in all competitions.
THE TEAM NEWS
Lukas Lerager, who was dismissed against Galatasaray in the final group game, misses out through suspension here – a significant blow given that he has logged three goals and an assist in Europe already this season.
Theo Sander, Davit Khocholava, Nicolai Boilesen and Birger Meling are all absent through injury.
PREDICTED XI (4-3-3): Grabara; Ankersen, McKenna, Diks, Jelert; Mattsson, Falk, Diogo Gonçalves; Elyounoussi, Claesson, Achouri
UNAVAILABLE: Lerager (Suspended), Sander (Injured), Khocholava (Injured), Boilesen (Injured), Meling (Injured)
Pep Guardiola is in the rather fortunate position of boasting a fully-fit squad right now, so he has plenty of options at this disposal for this first leg.
Kevin De Bruyne is primed to start after he was benched against Everton on Saturday, while in-form Phil Foden should keep his place in the side.
PREDICTED XI (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri; Foden, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland
THE KEY STATS
- Copenhagen are the only Danish club to have featured in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, their previous appearance was in 2010/11 when they lost 2-0 on aggregate against Chelsea.
- Copenhagen have lost only two of their last 13 UEFA club competition matches (W5 D6).
- Copenhagen have won their last two UEFA Champions League matches at home
- Copenhagen have lost only one of their last six European matches at home against English teams (W2 D3).
- Copenhagen have lost only three of their previous 19 UEFA Champions League matches at home, group stage to final (W8 D8).
- Copenhagen have drawn their previous two UEFA club competition matches at home against Manchester City (2-2 in 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32 and 0-0 in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage).
- Copenhagen have not conceded a goal in their last two UEFA Champions League matches.
- Man City are featuring in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 for the 11th successive season.
- Man City have won their last eight UEFA Champions League matches. This is their best sequence of successive wins in the competition
- Man City are unbeaten in their last 20 UEFA club competition matches (W14 D6). This is an English record which was previously held by West Ham (17 matches unbeaten).
- Man City are unbeaten in their last 19 UEFA Champions League matches (W14 D5). Most successive games without a defeat in UEFA Champions League: 25 Manchester United 19/09/2007–05/05/2009, 19 Ajax 14/09/1994–20/03/1996, 19 Bayern München 14/03/2001–02/04/2002, 19 Bayern München 18/09/2019-17/03/2021 and 19 Man City 06/09/2022-present.
- Man City have won eight and drawn two of their last ten matches in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
- Man City have won seven and drawn one of their last eight first leg matches in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
- Man City have not lost the first leg of a UEFA Champions League knockout phase tie since a 1-0 defeat against Tottenham in the quarter-finals in April 2019.
- Man City have scored three goals in each of their previous six UEFA Champions League matches this season.
- Man City have kept five clean sheets in their last six matches in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
- Erling Haaland has scored a total of 11 goals in his previous six matches in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Copenhagen can be proud of their efforts in reaching the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2010-11 season, but it would take a monumental effort for them to eliminate the reigning champions over two legs. Man City are really starting to motor now, and with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland now back from injury, the Premier League outfit will take some stopping. Haaland in particular has the eye for goal again after his brace against Everton in domestic action over the weekend, and the Norwegian is worth backing in the anytime goalscorer market.
TIP: ERLING HAALAND TO SCORE ANYTIME