Copenhagen vs Vardar predictions for Wednesday’s Champions League tie in Denmark. Vardar hope to hold on to their narrow lead when they visit Copenhagen in the Champions League. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Vardar gave themselves an unlikely lead in the Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round last week as they beat Copenhagen 1-0 in Macedonia. Jonathan Balotelli scored the only goal of a tight game with 25 minutes remaining, but Copenhagen will feel fairly confident about getting one over on their visitors back in Denmark.
The hosts aren’t having a great season so far, winning just one of their opening three domestic games and now trailing in the Champions League. They scraped through against Zilina in the last round of the Champions League, but will have been boosted by a clean sheet at the weekend.
Copenhagen made it to the Champions League group stages last season, eventually finishing 3rd and then going on to make the last 16 of the Europa League. This can definitely be classed as a successful season, and it was largely thanks to their excellent defensive work.
They have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 15 Champions League games, and at home their record is even better. Six of their last seven home games in the competition have seen them keep a clean sheet, with them taking the victory in four of those. This includes games against the likes of Club Brugge, Leicester, and Porto.
Vardar, meanwhile, have never made it further than this in the Champions League and have lost seven of their last eight European ties. Away from home in the Champions League they are winless since they returned to the competition in 2012, drawing twice and losing three times.
Given Copenhagen’s fantastic defensive record in the Champions League, I think they can overturn their deficit fairly comfortably. They are rightly favourites for the match, and we think odds of 13/8 for Copenhagen to Win to Nil look great value, considering they know how important a clean sheet is here. We’re backing that along with a 2-0 correct score predictions at 13/2.