FC Copenhagen Small Home Underdog on ThursdayPublished on March 7th, 2017 7:55 pm EST
One of the closest matches of Thursday's slate of Europa League action will see FC Copenhagen play host to Ajax.
Ajax has the slight edge to move on to the next round of Europa League, as they are currently listed at 8/13 to advance, while FC Copenhagen is listed at 6/5. Here are the odds for Thursday's match at FC Copenhagen:
FC Copenhagen, 7/5
FC Copenhagen is demolishing the rest of the Danish Superliga so far this season, as their 17-7-0 record puts them a full 12 points ahead of their next closest competitor.
Ajax, on the other hand, is currently second in Eredivisie, four points behind Feyenoord. Both Ajax and FC Copenhagen are having strong seasons in their respective leagues so far this year, but both would consider their seasons a much bigger success if they made a deep run in the Europa League tournament.
Ajax has a very potent offensive attack, as they have notched 52 goals over the course of 25 league games so far this season, while allowing just 16 goals.
FC Copenhagen, on the other hand, has a positively stingy defence, as they have allowed a mind-bogglingly low 9 goals throughout 24 Danish Superliga games so far this season. If Ajax hopes to advance to the quarter-finals, they will have to find a way to penetrate the FC Copenhagen defence, which is strong to say the least.
Let's take a look at the five likeliest outcomes of Thursday's match according to the bookmakers:
Draw 1-1, 5/1
FC Copenhagen 1-0, 11/2
Draw 0-0, 13/2
Ajax 1-0, 7/1
FC Copenhagen 2-1, 17/2
As you can see, bookmakers aren't expecting too much in the way of goals on Thursday.
While most of the attention on Thursday will likely going towards the Man Utd vs Rostov game, FC Copenhagen vs Ajax promises to be a very closely contested match featuring two strong offences and one very tough defence.