Copenhagen vs Trabzonspor Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 16, 2022 21:00 CET
Copenhagen will try to improve the impression by qualifying for the Champions League group stage. To do so, they will have to eliminate Trabzonspor.
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In May, Copenhagen became Denmark champion for the first time after 2019. They won the title by playing an organized and solid football. They conceded only 19 goals in the entire championship. During this summer, they almost didn’t change anything in the squad, hoping to continue in the same rhythm at the beginning of new season.
Unfortunately for them, their predictions were wrong. After five rounds of the Danish Superliga, Copenhagen lost three times and conceded 10 goals. Their defense is not even close to last year’s level and that is where all problems start. On Friday, they played a good 57 minutes against Randers, but then they allowed their opponent to score three goals in just 13 minutes. This is unacceptable for a team that wants to play in the Champions League group stage.
To get there, they will have to eliminate Trabzonspor. Looking at the form in which this Turkish team has been playing for a year, the job for Copenhagen won’t be easy at all. A good result in the first game is essential for hosts.
Last season, Trabzonspor won the title in Turkey for the first time in 38 years. They did it in an extremely dominant way. 10 rounds before end of the Turkish Super League, it was clear that cup would end up in their trophy room. Now, Trabzonspor wants to qualify for the Champions League group stage and they will be favorites against Copenhagen.
The most deserving man for Trabzonspor great success is head coach Abdullah Avci. He came close to win the title with Istanbul Basaksehir a few times, but never made it. During this summer, several experienced players were signed without spending much money. Jens Stryger Larsen and Stefano Denswil came as free agents, while five million euros were spent to sign Marc Bartra and Trezegeut.
Trabzonspor had a great start to the new season as well. They hammered Sivasspor by 4:0 in the Turkish Super Cup. After that, they recorded two wins in domestic championship. Trabzonspor defeated Istanbulspor by 2:0 and Hatayspor by 1:0. After three matches played, they still haven’t conceded a goal.
Copenhagen and Trabzonspor never played against each other in the past, so this will be their first clash.
Copenhagen has seven unavailable players at the moment. Both goalkeepers are out (Matthew Ryan and Kamil Grabara), centre-backs Davit Khocholava and Nicolai Boilesen are also injured, as are right back Peter Ankersen and both left wingers (Mohamed Daramy and Luther Singh). There is a possibility that some of them will be on the bench, but not in starting 11.
Edin Visca and Marek Hamsik won’t play for Trabzonspor due to injuries, while Huseyin Turkmen is questionable.
Copenhagen vs. Trabzonspor Prediction
Looking at the current form and injury status, Trabzonspor is the favorite in this tie. Copenhagen will need a much better performance than they have shown so far in order to win this match and that is unlikely. The fact that third goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson will play can also be a problem for hosts.
Date and Time: 16.08.2022 21:00 CET
Pick: X2 (Trabzonspor to win or draw)