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Celtic vs FC Copenhagen: Hoops to be too hot at home

Kick-off: 2000, 27/02/2020

Stadium: Celtic Park

TV: BT Sport

Celtic left Denmark with mixed feelings following last week’s 1-1 Europa League draw with FC Copenhagen but are fancied to ease through in Glasgow.

The Hoops had chances to establish a strong first-leg lead at Parken Stadion, but ended up needing a superb penalty save to return home on level terms.

This should be a straightforward task, though, and 27/20 for Neil Lennon’s men to win by more than one clear goal is our initial Celtic vs FC Copenhagen prediction.

A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds

In Copenhagen, Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard missed a couple of early one-on-one chances before making it third time lucky in the 14th minute.

The Scottish champions then bossed the rest of the first half and Lennon felt they should have capitalised more on that period of dominance.

Lennon said: “I am disappointed, if I’m honest, that we aren’t ahead in the tie.

“I thought we had good control of the first half and going in 1-0 at half-time, I thought we could have been maybe two or three up.

“We gave away a poor goal from our point of view and it gave Copenhagen a huge lift psychologically.

“But on the counter-attack we had some great chances in the second half as well, so I’m disappointed we haven’t come away with more goals.”

The Hoops have since moved 12 points clear at the Scottish Premiership summit following a 3-1 triumph over Kilmarnock at this venue, so they can give this competition their all.

Highly-rated 22-year-old Edouard also netted in that game to make it 26 goals in all tournaments this term.

Looking at the Celtic vs FC Copenhagen odds, we like 3/1 for the French forward to break the deadlock again here.

A Look At FC Copenhagen’s Betting Odds

Copenhagen fought back well in Scandinavia and Senegal striker Dame N’Doye levelled in the 52nd minute.

Russian referee Sergei Karasev later awarded the Danes a penalty in the 78th minute via VAR after a Ryan Christie handball, but Fraser Forster tipped Jens Stage’s spot-kick onto a post and away.

Even with that let-off, though, Lennon still felt aggrieved at not establishing a first-leg advantage.

He added: “I think it would have been really harsh on us if we’d lost the game with the amount of chances we had, especially in the first half.

“But we have the away goal, so the tie is set up nicely for going back to Glasgow.”

Copenhagen have only just returned from a long winter break, so they could be sharper for that contest and Sunday’s domestic 1-1 draw at Silkeborg.

However, we’re sticking with the Hoops to enjoy a routine 2-0 win at 5/1 to finish off our Celtic vs FC Copenhagen betting tips.

Additional stats

First-leg result:

FC COPENHAGEN 1-1 CELTIC – Dame N’Doye + Odsonne Edouard

Previous head-to-head: Copenhagen 3-1 Celtic, Celtic 1-0 Copenhagen

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