The New Saints vs Copenhagen Match Info
Date: Tuesday July 23 2019
Kick-off time: 7.00pm BST
Venue: Park Hall, Oswestry
The New Saints vs Copenhagen Head-To-Head Record
No previous competitive matches
The New Saints vs Copenhagen Stats
- This is TNS’ third UEFA qualifying tie against a Danish team, with Midtjylland providing the opposition on both previous occasions in the Europa League
- In both meetings with Midtjylland, TNS lost the home leg by a three-goal margin
- Copenhagen have played two previous European matches away to Welsh clubs, winning by a two-goal margin each time
The New Saints vs Copenhagen Match Preview
The New Saints will be delighted to have made it through to the second qualifying round of the Champions League – but perhaps less thrilled to be facing Danish opposition again.
The Welsh champions looked as though they may have thrown away their chances of progressing when they conceded two late goals in the first leg of their opening tie to draw 2-2 at home to Kosovan newcomers Feronikeli.
But Scott Ruscoe’s side were not deterred by that setback and overcame a difficult task to win 1-0 away from home thanks to a second-half goal from substitute Dean Ebbe.
It gets much more difficult now, however, because Danish champions Copenhagen are entering the competition at this stage and they are the next visitors to Oswestry, hoping to follow the precedent set by their compatriots Midtjylland at this venue.
Midtjylland recorded emphatic three-goal victories at Park Hall in both 2011 and 2018 and manager Stale Solbakken is likely to bring with him some well-known players such as former Hull City striker Dame N’Doye, ex-Manchester United right-back Guillermo Varela and playmaker Viktor Fischer, who spent a season with Middlesbrough in the Premier League.
The Danes’ quality is likely to be too much for TNS and if the hosts can avoid being beaten by three or more goals, that would represent a respectable performance.
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The New Saints vs Copenhagen Betting Tips
Copenhagen to win to nil @ 6/5 with William Hill
Copenhagen HT/FT @ 19/20 with William Hill