Five months of no Europa League action comes to an end with the return of European competition. The second leg of the Europa will see side Copenhagen play hosts to side Istanbul Basaksehir. The match schedules for Wednesday with kickoff at 4:55 pm.
Copenhagen will be looking to overturn their 1-0 defeat in their last outing at Turkey. The high encounter match at Fatih Terium Stadium ended with a last-minute goal. This was courtesy of a Visca Eden penalty.
Five months later, numerous transitions have taken place for both sides. Istanbul when on to win the Turkish Super League while Copenhagen finished runners-up in the Danish Superliga. It will be a high encounter match with winners proceeding to take on Manchester United in the quarter-finals.
The short history of Istanbul Basaksehir dates back to 1990 when the team first formed. The side marked history with their winning title run become the sixth different club to win the Turkish Super League in the 62 years of history.
It is different for the Copenhagen in the Danish league, finish fourteen points behind side Midtjylland. The side went through a four losing streak and two draws before finding two wins at the end of the 2019-20 season. The side has a lot to prove this Wednesday when silverware comes into action.
Copenhagen vs. Instanbul Basaksehir Head to Head
Both sides have only met once in their histories in the Europa League with Instanbul taking a 1-0 win. Here is a look at their previous encounters in the league:
Copenhagen 2-1 Nordsjaelland
AaB Aalborg 0-1 Copenhagen
Copenhagen 2-4 AGF
Copenhagen 0-0 Brondby
Midtjylland 3-0 Copenhagen
Istanbul Basaksehir 1-1 Alanyaspor
Galatasaray 2-1 Basaksehir
Istanbul 2-1 Ankaragucu
Sivasspor 0-0 Istanbul
Basaksehir 0-2 Goztepe
Copenhagen Team News
It has been an impressive season for budding striker Mikkel Kaufmann who sets to mark his position in the attacking line. Other possible attacking threats to support the teenage include the likes of Jens Stage and Mohamed Daramy. Zeca sets to resume his role in central defense in the midfield.
Istanbul Kasaksehir Team News
Former Gunner Clichy hopes to make a start after providing two assists in their final game of the Turkish season. Skrtel has fallen down the pecking order at the club. He expects to start on the bench as a substitute.
Prediction and Odds
Even though Copenhage cherishes playing in the home ground, the lack of fans in the stadium will work in favor of their opponents.
Istanbul Basaksehir Win
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 2.5