Manchester City host Copenhagen at Etihad Stadium on Matchday 3 of the group stage of this season’s Champions League.
Both clubs have had very different starts to their UCL seasons, with Pep Guardiola’s team currently sitting at the top of Group G, while their Danish opponents are tied with Sevilla for last place.
The Sky Blues who are currently the favorites to win the Champions League, have arguably played the best football of any European club this season. Moreover, their superb form shows no signs of faltering any time soon.
Although the reigning English champions are heavily favored to dominate the side from the Danish capital, there is still potential for solid value when betting on this match.
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Manchester City vs Copenhagen Odds
- 3-way handicap: Manchester City (-1400) | Draw (+1300) | Copenhagen(+2800)
- Draw No Bet: Manchester City (-20000) |Copenhagen (+2000)
- Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 ( -375) | Under 2.5 (+250)
- Both Teams to Score: Yes (+150) | No (-225)
Manchester City vs Copenhagen odds are current as of Thursday, September 29 on BetMGM Sportsbook.
With such lopsided odds, there is no question which club should dominate this match. At first glance, with how score-happy Manchester City has been this season, the Over on Total Goals should hit reasonably easily. Additionally, No for Both Teams to Score at -225 is seemingly another solid play, judging by Copenhagen’s inability to score a goal in the two Champions League games they have so far played.
Manchester City vs Copenhagen Betting Tips
Copenhagen’s inconsistent start to the season plays a significant role in the odds we are seeing in this match. FCK has not won a match since September 2nd in their domestic Danish Superliga. Since then, Jacob Neestrup's team has only scored two goals in all competitions, neither of those coming in the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola and his squad will look to continue their perfect start to the season after a thriller against Borussia Dortmund prior to the break. Man City’s six goals in two games are second only to Napoli in goals scored across the whole competition.
When factoring in England’s top club’s play in its domestic league, there is no reason to expect anything other than a heavily lopsided win in favor of Erling Haaland and the Sky Blues.
Man City and Copenhagen should be a tale of two clubs whose weaknesses and strengths are polar opposites. However, City’s ability to dominate possession and score goals in high quantities is arguably Copenhagen’s most glaring weakness.
Through two games, the Danish football club has managed merely four shots on goal and averages only 37% possession with one loss and a draw. On the flip side, Manchester has 14 shots on goal with an average of 64% possession in its two victories.
There is a clear gap between these two clubs, and one can expect total domination in favor of MCFC in this match.
Manchester City vs Copenhagen Prediction
Manchester City 4-0 Copenhagen
The scoring drought for Copenhagen will continue for another match as they get set to take on one of Europe’s top clubs. The club's glaring inability to finish opportunities has been apparent this season, and to expect any different against Man City would be preposterous.
Mohammed Daramy should create some chances at that left-wing position as he did in Copenhagen’s draw against Sevilla. However, the likelihood of City conceding a goal is close to none.
Manchester City will be playing this match after a weekend derby in the EPL against Manchester United and could rest some players depending on that outcome. Even so, Guardiola has more than enough firepower to dominate this match with or without some of his starting eleven.
You can expect Haaland to score a brace in this game based on the form he has been in this season. Kevin De Bruyne should also find the back of the net for the first time to accompany his two assists in the UCL this season.
Finally, Jack Grealish is due for a Champions League goal and should feel confident after scoring his first in the EPL in City’s previous match.
Manchester City vs Copenhagen Best Bets
➕ Manchester City - Total Goals Over 3.5 (+100) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 2 units
There aren’t many instances you can comfortably affirm that a team will score four or more goals in a Champions League match. However, this is one of them. With such a significant skill gap between the two teams, a four-goal difference is not out of the question.
Manchester City can, without question, put up four or more goals against almost any club in the world. The question will be whether Guardiola decides to park the bus after his club takes the lead in this game.
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➕ Manchester City to win and Copenhagen not to score (-185) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 3 units
As previously mentioned, Copenhagen’s lack of creation at the top of the pitch has been one of its most glaring issues. The absence of a solidified goal scorer for the young squad is apparent as they do not have a single player with multiple goals this season.
Manchester City winning this match is about as close to a lock as you can get, but keeping a clean sheet is necessary. City has accomplished this once already this Champions League season when they beat Sevilla 4-0 on Matchday 1.
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