Celtic take on reigning Danish champions FC Copenhagen on Thursday in a fascinating Europa League round-of 32-encounter.
The Parkhead club were dealt a difficult hand in the group stages, but navigated their way through to the knockout stages with relative comfort, seeing off Lazio and Rennes in the process.
Copenhagen failed to make it out of the group phases last season, so have made considerable strides this time round, finishing as runner-ups in Group B behind Scandinavian rivals Malmo.
Celtic were eliminated at this stage a year ago, so can they brush off those past demons and go one better this campaign? Or will Copenhagen come out on top?
Read on for Copenhagen vs Celtic predictions, live stream options, team news and more.
When is Copenhagen vs Celtic and where can I watch live?
Competition:Europa League (round-of-32 first leg)
Date:Thursday, 20 February 2020
Kick-off: 5:55 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 3 & BT Sport 3 HD
Live stream options: BT Sport users in the UK can stream this match live via the BT Sport app.
Previous meetings: Copenhagen vs Celtic
26 Sep 2006:Celtic 1-0 Copenhagen (Champions League)
06 Dec 2006:Copenhagen 3-1 Celtic (Champions League)
Aggregate Score:Copenhagen (LW) 3-2 Celtic (WL)
Ones to watch
If handed a start by Stale Solbakken then Celtic’s full-backs better be prepared and ready for a busy night, as Denmark’s latest young star is brimming with energy and a creative spark. The talented tyro only celebrated adulthood last month, turning 18 at the start of January, but he is already a consistent performer in the club’s XI and will undoubtedly cause a myriad of problems across both legs. If Lennon isn’t cautious of the threat, Daramy could shine.
Key stat:Mohammed Daramy is the youngest-ever player to score for FC Copenhagen at 16 years and 263 days.
From one youngster to another, right-back Frimpong could be the man tasked with marking the left-sided Daramy, making for a mouthwatering battle between two precocious teenagers.
The 19-year-old has been a standout performer in the heart of Neil Lennon’s backline this season and recently returned from injury, making the bench at the weekend. He should slot back into the first-team later this week and will bring some much-needed zest and attacking verve to Celtic.
Key stat:Jeremie Frimpong failed to make a single appearance in the group stages, so could make his European debut on Thursday.
The Superliga outfit are without a number of their key first-team players, including Viktor Fischer and Nicklas Bendtner, while Robert Mudrazija, Jonas Wind and Nicolai Boilesen are all expected to miss this first leg as well.
Predicted XI: Johnsson; Varela, Papagiannopoulos, Bjelland, Bengtsson; Zeca, Stage, Falk, Daramy; Santos, N’Doye.
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As mentioned, Lennon will be buoyed by his star right-back, Frimpong, returning to the matchday squad for the 2-1 win over Aberdeen at the weekend. He will, however, have to make do without Michael Johnston and Jack Hendry. Elsewhere, Hatem Abd Elhamed faces a late fitness test, while Mohamed Elyounoussi could be in for a starting berth having also returned on Sunday.
Predicted XI: Forster; Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Taylor; Brown, McGregor, Elyounoussi, Forrest, Christie; Edouard.
This will not be an easy match for either side, but with Lennon recently welcoming back a host of key players, he will have excellent options to rotate, tinker and call upon if needed late into the game. Celtic have already shown they possess the mettle and resolve to pull off upsets away from home in Europe this season, notably against Lazio, so don’t be surprised to see the Bhoys return to Glasgow with a slender yet precious lead.