Reigning League of Ireland Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers will need the fabled luck of their countrymen if they are to escape with anything from their encounter with Copenhagen in Denmark, bwin’s 3Way football betting market suggests.
Copenhagen are 7/50 favourites to beat Shamrock Rovers in the first round of their Champions League third-round qualification tie, with the Irish side priced at 31/2 to record a win.
This reflects the fact that the Danish side reached the last-16 of the Champions League last season before losing to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea.
Given this European pedigree, they are expected to comfortably beat a team who have scored just eight goals in their 17 matches in European football’s elite club competition and progress to the final qualification round before the Champions League group stages.
Odds of 1/100 for Copenhagen to progress to the next round reflect this perceived superiority, with Shamrock priced at 10/1 to earn a shock victory over two legs.
Shamrock’s chances are not helped by the fact they are not in the best of form, with three wins in their last six games only enough to put them sixth in a League of Ireland Premier Division form table.
Of even more concern is the fact that they have lost three of their last six away matches, and this against the likes of Derry City rather than one of the best 16 sides in Europe last year.
However, Shamrock’s performance in a two-legged tie against Juventus last year offers hope that they will be able to keep the scoreline respectable.
Rovers lost 2-0 at home and 1-0 away to the Italian giants in a third qualifying round Europa League tie.
With this in mind, a good bet could be on Shamrock Rovers to draw with Copenhagen given a two-goal head-start.
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