Red Star Belgrade vs Copenhagen
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 6 August 2019
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Red Star lost 2-1 in Helsinki last week, but they didn’t really worry. They went 1-0 down seconds into the second half, at that point they were one goal away from having the tie go to extra-time (they had won 2-0 at home a week earlier, in the first leg), but they equalized in the 56th minute, and at that point, it was all over, as HJK needed three more goals. The Finns scored again and won, but the winner didn’t come before added time, and by then, it was too late. Vladan Milojevic, Crvena Zvezda’s coach, looked… frustrated in the Press conference after the game in Helsinki, saying that his players looked focused and serious when needed, when HJK took the lead, but sort of complacent and almost indifferent when they realized that the qualification was secured. You can’t blame him. No game for the Serbs last weekend.
Copenhagen took care of things in the first leg against The New Saints, they hosted them last week having won 0-2 in Wales, in the first leg, and probably because of that they looked somewhat… unmotivated. They still won, but “just” 1-0, thanks to Zeca’s goal in the 52nd minute. On Saturday they won again, 1-2 at SønderjyskE, their fourth victory in as many games in Denmark’s championship. Actually, they have won all six official matches they’ve played thus far this summer. Staale Solbakken, their coach, told reporters that eliminating Red Star looks “very hard, but not impossible”. He seemed to be counting on their fans’ support next week, at home, in the return leg, saying that he has seen how… pumped his players get performing in front of their own fans, especially in big-big games.
Previous five matches:
HJK Helsinki vs Red Star Belgrade 2-1
Red Star Belgrade vs Radnički Niš 2-0
Red Star Belgrade vs HJK Helsinki 2-0
Red Star Belgrade vs Javor Ivanjica 2-0
Red Star Belgrade vs Suduva 2-1
SønderjyskE vs Copenhagen 1-2
Copenhagen vs The New Saints 1-0
Horsens vs Copenhagen 0-2
The New Saints vs Copenhagen 0-2
Copenhagen vs Aarhus 2-1
Crvena Zvezda are scheduled to host Mladost Lučani the coming weekend, but the game could get postponed. Copenhagen’s next game is on Friday, at home, against Lyngby (Denmark championship).
Red Star Belgrade vs Copenhagen: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Red Star Belgrade vs Copenhagen: Prediction
The hosts are considered favorites to win the game. I would avoid betting on that, focusing on goals instead.
Red Star Belgrade vs Copenhagen: Betting Tips
Unlike most other Tuesday matches in the CL qualifiers, this is a game I don’t see many goals in. “Under 2.5” is at 1.67, not particularly tempting, but going up to 2.08 if combined with Red Star’s double chance (not win). The hosts’ double chance combined with “under 1.5” is at 3.75.