Champions League: FC Copenhagen v Barcelona Preview and Team News

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team will be almost assured of a place in the last sixteen of the Champions League if they can beat Copenhagen in Denmark on Matchday 4. First-time customers will receive free bets when signing up with online bookmakers who are offering cash back on Tuesday’s Group D Champions League clash between FC Copenhagen and Barcelona at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen at 7.45pm. Barca lead group D with seven points from three games, one point ahead of surprise package Copenhagen. Rubin Kazan and Panathinaikos trail the group with 2 and 1 point respectively, neither team looks equipped to haul back Barcelona’s lead and still have the Catalan giants to face. Totesport are offering the biggest odds of 4/9 for red hot match favourites Barcelona who are starting to hit top form after a shaky start to the season. Messi and co are unbeaten in their last eleven games in all competitions and coming into Tuesday’s match looking for a sixth consecutive win it is difficult to argue with the bookmakers’ assessment. Copenhagen were expected to struggle in this group when the Champions League draw was made, but won their opening two group games before losing 2-0 in the Nou Camp a fortnight ago. Stale Solbakken’s team will not lack for confidence as they are running away with Denmark’s Superliga with 38 points from 14 games, their unbeaten league record has taken them 14 points clear of the second placed team. The coach has a concern over the fitness of leading scorer Cesar Santin who is struggling with a twisted ankle. The Brazilian striker has scored 10 times in eleven league appearances, although his strike partner Dame N’Doye is in good form with nine goals to his credit. The Senegalese striker has proved a match winner in the Champions League having scored the only goal in the home victory over Rubin and the opener in the 2-0 win against Panathinaikos in Athens. Online bookmaker Unibet is offering odds of 17/4 for N’Doye to score at anytime against Barcelona. Midfielder Hjalte Norregaard will miss out with a knee problem and Martin Bergvold also has problem with his knee and won’t make the bench. Guardiola has included fit-again Gabriel Milito in the 19 man squad and is expected to stick with the three man attack that overwhelmed Seville 5-0 at the weekend. Lionel Messi and David Villa netted a couple each with Pedro setting up Messi for the fourth minute opener. Betfred offer odds of 3/1 for the current World Player of the Year Messi to open the scoring again in Copenhagen.

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