The New Saints have a hard task ahead of them this Wednesday, as they head to Denmark for the second leg of their Champions League Second Round Qualifier against Kobenhavn. Kobenhavn sits in the driving seat for this fixture after they secured a 2-0 victory on their travels to Wales last time out. The New Saints are going to need all the luck they can get as they try to overcome the Danish side, who most expect to progress to the next round.
Kobenhavn’s 2-0 victory over The New Saints was just another typical victory for the Danish side, as they have now secured four wins on the bounce. The first of Kobenhavn’s first wins came against OB in the league, who they managed to scrape a 3-2 victory over. Next up was AGF, who also put up a tough fight but Kobenhavn’s quality in front of goal proved too much as they secured a 2-1 win. The New Saints were the next side to suffer a defeat at the hands of the Danish powerhouses, which was followed by a clinical victory over Horsens, who they also beat 2-0.
Before suffering their 2-0 loss to Kobenhavn, The New Saints had been in an run of impressive form which had seen them go 17 games without a defeat since the back end of last season. TNS’ most impressive victory came six games go, when they made light work of Llandudno, beating them emphatically 8-1. The next two fixtures were also simple victories for The New Saints as they went onto to score five goals, conceding none in the process. Before facing Kobenhavn, the Welsh side faced Feronikel in the Champions League Qualifiers and after drawing 2-2 in the first leg, they scraped through with a 1-0 win in the second leg.
With Kobenhavn strongly in control last time out, there is no need for the hosts to switch up their team, so we are expecting them to stick with their preferred 4-4-2 formation. It took Pieros Sotiriou just 18 minutes to get on the scoresheet during the first leg and we are likely to see the forward line up alongside Dame N’Doye once again. Robert Skov also got his first start of the competition last time out and the right midfielder made the most of it as he scored his side’s second goal. Former Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken has a fully fit squad to select his starting XI from, with no injury concerns to worry about.
There is little that Scott Ruscoe can change with his side, as he fronted his strongest XI last time around. However, we may see the Welsh side adopt a more attacking formation than their previous as they look to overcome their two-goal deficit. Dean Ebbe is expected to keep his spot upfront with Daniel Redmond, Jon Routledge and Ryan Brobbel sat behind in midfield.
If we see a similar performance from the two sides in which we saw during the first leg, then Kobenhavn are going to run away with this fixture. The hosts are clear favourites for this one and we fancy them to take the win with little problems. With the home fans behind them, we are backing Kobenhaven to score over 2.5 goals. However, with The New Saints likely to be pushing hard for the win they could get themselves onto the scoresheet.