A rampant Manchester City side play host to Danish powerhouse Copenhagen at the Etihad Stadium in Wednesday’s Champions League showdown.
Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each notched up a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s high-flyers picked Manchester United apart in a mammoth 6-3 Premier League win at the weekend.
Back to European football, Man City will be out to consolidate their grip on the top spot in Group G after winning both opening group matches by an aggregate score of 4-1.
Following a 4-0 humbling of Sevilla in Andalusia on day one, the Cityzens came from a 1-0 deficit to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at home last time out.
Since losing to Liverpool in a curtain-raising Community Shield showpiece, the defending Premier League champions have gone unbeaten in their next ten outings across all competitions (W8, D2).
Guardiola’s men are likely to make it 11 in a row as Copenhagen, who have yet to score in this season’s Champions League, arrive at the Eithad amid a rough patch.
A scoreless home draw with Sevilla followed up a 3-0 demolition at Dortmund, leaving the Byens Hold with minimal chances of reaching the competition’s knock-outs for the first time since 2010/11.
There is a silver lining for Jacob Neestrup’s team as a narrow 1-0 home triumph over fellow Danish Superliga rivals Aarhus over the weekend snapped their underwhelming four-match winless streak (D1, L3).
Taking points away from the Etihad is one of the most daunting tasks in European football.
You don’t have to look beyond Man City’s 21-game unbeaten home streak in the Champions League to understand how tough they are to play against at this venue (W19, D2).
Just two matches away from equalling Man United’s English record for the longest undefeated Champions League run on home turf (23), Guardiola’s lads won’t be messing around.
It’s also worth noting that the Cityzens have found the net in all 34 group matches at home, and with Haaland in red-hot form, it’s hard to see Copenhagen putting the breaks on City’s free-scoring home run.
Copenhagen’s abysmal scoring return of just one goal from six Champions League encounters against English clubs may dampen their hopes of getting off the mark in this year’s tournament.
On top of that, the Danes have been winless in nine of their last ten away fixtures in Europe’s top-tier competition (D2, L7), bagging a mere five goals in that period.
But since three of their last five Champions League outings have ended scoreless, the visitors will at least try to avoid a catastrophe at the home of Europe’s most in-form team.
Manchester City vs Copenhagen Potential Line-ups
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Gomez; Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish.
Copenhagen (4-5-1): Mathew Ryan; Kevin Diks, Denis Vavro, David Khocholava, Victor Kristiansen; Viktor Claesson, Rasmus Falk, Zeca, Marko Stramenic, Mohamed Daramy; Andreas Cornelius.
How to Watch?
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Manchester City vs Copenhagen Prediction
There’s a substantial gulf in class between these two sides, and we expect Man City to put Copenhagen to the sword and move one foot into the Champions League knock-outs.
Manchester City 4-0 Copenhagen
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