Wednesday evening sees Copenhagen host more comfortable Basaksehir at Parken Stadium. We preview this clash that could showcase a football full of rivalry, heat and sweat as both teams have a fair chance to qualify to Europa League’s quarter-finals.
Who is playing?
FC Copenhagen vs Basaksehir (0-1 agg.)
What competition is it?
Europa League Round of 16
What time is Copenhagen vs Basaksehir?
17:55 GMT, Wednesday 5th August
Where do Copenhagen play?
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Where can I watch Copenhagen vs Basaksehir?
BT Sport 3
Thoughts on Copenhagen vs Basaksehir?
It is a highly anticipated match for both sides this Wednesday evening as the long-awaited Europa League is finally returning with plenty of excitement. With stakes being higher than ever, I expect the things to get heated at Parken Stadium. It’s fair to say the clash will be in favour of the guests after them winning 1:0 in the first leg. Copenhagen has the home advantage, which many times was a proverbial wild card for the hosts in football history. The best example is Basaksehir in Europa League this season, who in the first leg of Round of 32 lost 3-1 to Sporting. However, successfully avenged for their last result in a shocking 4-1 comeback at their stadium.
Since Europa League suspension, Istanbul Basaksehir won their very first Super Lig title. Considering them ending in the top four for six consecutive years now and the progress they have made across the years, this was a very well deserved achievement. Copenhagen finished runners-up in the league – 14 points below 1st Midtjylland, therefore got qualified to Europa League, not Champions League next season.
With the league season finishing on 26th July for both sides, all the attention is now redirected to European Cups where Copenhagen will face Basaksehir for a spot in the quarter-finals. However, all the joy of the promotion to the next stage will most likely shatter one of the Europa League trophy aspirers – Manchester United – who expects to face Copenhagen or Basaksehir next.
Home advantage to help desperate Danes?
Things don’t look so promising for Copenhagen considering their way below-average form before the end of the season and Dame N’Doye leaving the club on 1st August. It now leaves the Danes with four still inexperienced youngsters and 27-year-old Michael Santos, who has registered nine goals and four assists in all competitions this season.
Copenhagen has not been on their best since the league resumption in mid-June. The team have started with an impressive start by registering 10 points in the first four matches, after that they have suffered a major setback with only two points gained in the next six matches. However, they have secured two 3-pointers in the last two games of the season which was decisive in them qualifying to Europa League considering Aarhus GF sitting only four points below breathing down their neck.
The club won only 36% of the matches and averaged 1.09 GPG in Europa League this season, which is the 2nd worst statistic among the rest of the 16 teams, right after Olympiakos with 33% win ratio and 1.00 GPG. In the league, however, they have been underperforming massively since June by picking up only 1.50 PPG, tremendously lower compared to their average 2.28 PPG.
A draw is enough for Basaksehir
Having to win a first-ever Super Lig title for the club formed in 1990 is a major accomplishment. It’s fair to say Turkish fans got themselves 4th major club in Istanbul besides Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas being the most recognisable Turkish clubs on the European arena. Basaksehir besides their impressive league run, which got them a title, have faced some strong European sides. They have drawn and won with Borussia Monchengladbach and eliminated Sporting in the Round of 32. They have also won 1:0 in the first leg against Copenhagen. With plenty of reasons, Basaksehir comes up as a better side in this clash, despite odds being even for both sides.
Basaksehir performs way better at home, which should be a tremendous disadvantage considering them guesting the second leg game at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. They have earned 2.35 PPG at home compared to 1.71 away PPG in the Turkish Super Lig, and 2.00 PPG at home compared to 1.50 away PPG in the Europa League. Overall, they concede the same amount of goals as they score per game – 1.44 – in the European Cups.
Copenhagen recent games:
- Nordsjælland (h) 2-1 win
- Aalborg (a) 0-1 win
- Aarhus (h) 2-4 defeat
- Brøndby (h) 0-0 draw
- Midtjylland (a) 3-1 defeat
Basaksehir recent games:
- Kasimpasa (a) 3-2 defeat
- Kayserispor (h) 1-0 win
- Konyaspor (a) 4-3 defeat
- Denizlispor (h) 2-0 win
- Antalyaspor (a) 0-2 win
Copenhagen Top Contributors:
- Dame N’Doye (Forward): 12 Danish Superliga goal involvements: 9 goals + 3 assists – According to FCK, the 35-year-old has failed to agree on a new contract and got left out of the club on 1st August. Following the manager’s Ståle Solbakken words “N’Doye is without a doubt the best striker in the club’s history and the Superliga, and he writes himself in the history books as one of the greatest ever at FCK. There can be no two opinions about that,” therefore with no doubt will be missed in the second leg against Basaksehir.
- Viktor Fischer (Midfielder): 10 Danish Superliga goal involvements: 2 goals + 8 assists – Raised in the group of the most exciting Deutsch prospects in Ajax, Viktor seems to have found his place despite time to time suffering from an injury. 26-year-old is a very versatile player who can play both on the wing and up front. Unfortunately, he got injured in June and went through surgery, therefore is in question before this clash.
Basaksehir Top Contributors:
- Edin Visca (Midfielder): 25 Turkish Super Lig goal involvements: 13 goals + 12 assists – The Bosnian has been a core element of Basaksehir’s squad this season. He has scored in the last three Europa League games. He is also club’s primary choice in penalties, which he executes superbly with only two missed out of 11 taken so far this season.
- Demba Ba (Forward): 17 Turkish Super Lig goal involvements: 13 goals + 4 assists – The Senegalese has been Basaksehir’s major contributor in the Turkish Super Lig, but still haven’t yet scored his first Europa League goal this season. The question now is will the former Chelsea player break the ice by hitting the net for the first time in European Cups this season. It is a better time than ever, considering him scoring three goals since the Super Lig resumption in mid-June.
|12th March 2020||IBS 1-0 FCK||Europa League|
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