UCL Group A Matchup
Defending Danish Superliga champions host Manchester United on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League. Through three games, Copenhagen has managed just one point but has been competitive in all of their matches. Meanwhile, United will look to complete the double over Copenhagen as they’re currently in third place in Group A. The Red Devils are still in a fragile place, and this match could be closer than many think. Heading into UCL Matchday 4, let’s check out the Copenhagen vs Manchester United odds.
Manchester United and Copenhagen met for the first time since 2020 on October 24th. There were two unlikely heroes for Manchester United as Harry Maguire scored on a header, and goalkeeper Andre Onana saved a penalty. Man United came away with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford and were -275 soccer betting favorites pre-match. These teams also faced off in the 2020 Europa League quarterfinal, and Bruno Fernandes scored a late penalty to give United the win. All-time, Manchester United are 3-1 vs. FC Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Have Backs Against the Wall
FC Copenhagen fell behind twice on Sunday in their Danish Superliga match at Randers FC. Copenhagen conceded within four minutes, but Rasmus Falk equalized on a brilliantly-taken volley just a few minutes later. Randers’ Simen Nordli gave the hosts a 2-1 lead, but Viktor Claesson scored another equalizer for Copenhagen. The visitors scored two more goals and stayed on top of the Superliga table.
However, things haven’t gone as well for Copenhagen in the Champions League thus far. They took a 2-0 lead over Galatasaray in their opener but conceded two late goals and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Copenhagen also took the lead vs. Bayern Munich in their next match, but two late Bayern goals sunk the hosts. Then, Manchester United’s Andre Onana saved Jordan Larsson’s stoppage time penalty in Copenhagen’s next match. Copenhagen lost the match 1-0, and they’re 0-1-2 in Group A.
Here, the Copenhagen vs Manchester United odds price the hosts as +340 underdogs. Copenhagen almost certainly need a win here to stay in the knockout stage picture, and they played quite well in the reverse fixture. However, Mohammed Elyounoussi and Birger Meling are projected to be injured for Wednesday’s match. Diogo Goncalves and Elias Achouri are two players to watch for Copenhagen in this one.
Manchester United Grab Important Win
Manchester United’s performances lately have rightfully come under scrutiny, and the Red Devils certainly weren’t at their best at Fulham on Saturday. Scott McTominay scored an early goal for United that was called back for offside, but the match remained scoreless for quite some time. Fulham gained steam in the second half and forced Andre Onana into a pair of saves. It was Bruno Fernandes who broke the deadlock and handed Manchester United a win with a stoppage-time finish.
It was a bounce back after an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat vs. Newcastle in the EFL Cup last week. United also lost 3-0 to rivals Manchester City in the Manchester Derby a couple of weekends ago. Erik ten Hag is skating on thin ice, but a Champions League knockout stage qualification would help his case. United haven’t made a Champions League final since 2011 but have made it out of the group stage in three of their last four appearances.
With Marcus Rashford having a down season, United’s goals have often come from unlikely sources. Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire, and Diogo Dalot are a few Manchester United players that have scored some important goals recently. The Champions League odds price United as +4000 longshots to win the final, which makes sense given their 1-2 start to the competition.
Match Analysis & Odds
Heading into Wednesday’s match, Manchester United have several injuries. Rashford missed last Saturday’s game with a knock and is questionable for this one, along with Victor Lindelof. Casemiro, Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, and Tyrell Malacia all figure to miss this one. Even with all of the injuries, the Copenhagen vs Manchester United odds list the visiting Red Devils as -135 favorites.
Should United win this match and Galatasaray lose or draw to Bayern Munich, Ten Hag’s men will be in second place in the group with two games remaining. This is an ample opportunity for Rasmus Hojlund to get on the scoresheet as he returns to Copenhagen, where he started his career. Since joining United from Atalanta, the Danish striker has scored just three goals in 13 appearances.
Copenhagen certainly figures to put up a fight here and are +340 underdogs. Bettors can take Copenhagen +0.5, +1 at -115 odds, while United -0.5, -1 sits at -105. A draw does a lot more for United than Copenhagen, but isn’t a great result for either side. A deadlock shows +300 odds while both over and under 2.5, 3 goals come in at -110.