FC Nordsjaelland - Chelsea Preview: Danish champions face English opposition for first time
The Danish Superliga champions, who were founded just 21 years ago, and current Champions League holders can both boast almost full-strength squads ahead of the game at Farum Park
By Alex Young
Parkhurst, Okore, Runje, Mtiliga
Lorentzen, Christensen, John
Azpilicueta, Terry, Luiz, Bertrand
Mata, Hazard, Oscar
Nordsjaelland head coach Kasper Hjulmand has no fresh injury concerns heading into their home game against the Champions League holders, with long-term absentee Joe Sise the only sidelined player.
With that in mind, The Wild Tigers are expected to adopt a slightly more defensive formation than that which lost 2-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk wiith Kasper Lorentzen and FC Twente loanee Joshua John moving back to support lone frontman Mikkel Beckmann.
It is a similar story for Chelsea, with Roberto Di Matteo already aware of Daniel Sturridge's hamstring problem. The club can boast an otherwise full-strength squad available for selection. Ryan Bertrand and Cesar Azpilicueta are in with a good chance of starts against the Champions League debutants.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This is FC Nordsjaelland's first competitive match against English opposition.
- Whereas this is the Danish champions' debut Champions League appearance, they have previously featured in the Uefa Cup and Europa League - never advancing further than the first round.
- The Wild Tigers are just 21 years old, having been founded on 1 January 1991.
- FC Nordsjaelland were formed under the name of Farum Boldklub to later be known under their current moniker from 2003 in an attempt to distance themselves from the city's mayor Peter Brixtofte's financial scandal.
- Chelsea have faced Danish opposition twice before, most recently a 2-0 aggregate win over Copenhagen in the round of 16 stage in two years ago.
- The Blues have scored in each of their last 15 Champions League games, notching 28 goals in total.
- Chelsea have won 49 per cent of Champions League games with John Terry (pictured) on the pitch since his debut in 2003-04 (43 out of 86).
- Chelsea failed to win all three of their away games in last season's Champions League group stage.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Nordsjælland 0-3 Chelsea FC
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FC Nordsjælland 0-4 Chelsea FC
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FC Nordsjælland 0-2 Chelsea FC
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