Copenhagen vs Ajax by Isaiah
Copenhagen did well in pretty difficult group in Champions League for them last Autumn, as the side managed to reach the third position, staying below Leicester and Porto, but being way better than fourth placed Club Brugge. Players of Copenhagen actually looked more than decent, having two victories, three draws and just one defeat, with a 7:2 goal difference in these six.
However, it wasn't enough since they ended with two points less than Porto, but the side showed their potential in the first knockout stage of Europa League, excluding Bulgarian champions Ludogorets with a 2:1 victory away from home in first leg and a goalless draw in the second leg. As for the domestic league, Copenhagen is first at the table with twelve points lead over second placed Brondby, coming from convincing 5:0 victory against Horsens last weekend at home.
Forward Danny Amankwaa (5/0) is sidelined with injury and isn't playing for months, similar to other offensive player Benjamin Verbic (15/4). Midfielder Nikolaj Thomsen isn't playing due broken leg and is yet to make a debut after his signing from Nantes earlier this year.
Ajax, on the other side, did well to progress in the group stage of Europa League last Autumn, as the team ended first in a tough group together with Celta, Standard and Panathinaikos, ending the group with four victories and two draws, which was seven points more than third placed Standard Liege.
As for the previous round, Dutch side won narrowly over Legia 1:0, with the only goal being scored in second leg in front of own fans. Overall, it was a deserved progress for Ajax since the side was better in both matches. As for the domestic league, the side comes from a setback since they took only a point in a 1:1 draw on the road against Groningen. They are now second at the table with four points less than Feyenoord and still in the title race with nine rounds till the end.
Forward Pelle Clement (1/0) is sidelined with injury, same as central defenders Jairo Riedewald (13/0) and Nick Viergever (21/1). Central defender Davinson Sanchez (24/4) and right full back Joel Veltman (24/0) are suspended with accumulated yellow cards.
Somehow, I believe that Copenhagen has what it takes to get the positive result here. They are somehow more reliable this season and looked rather well in Champions League, but also are looking more concrete in offense and in my opinion, they are scoring goals easier. Visitors are far away from their best form and even though the draw can't be excluded, I definitely see Danish side being closer to get the victory.