Panathinaikos vs Copenhagen

Panathinaikos vs Copenhagen Preview


Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken hopes his side will be able to carry their good form into the clash with Panathinaikos.

The Danish champions moved seven points clear of nearest rivals FC Midtjylland at the top of the Superliga with a 3-0 victory over their rivals at the weekend.
They are also bidding for a second consecutive victory in Group D after an impressive 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan two weeks ago.
Solbakken said: "We're managing to play at a consistent high level week after week, and if we can continue the streak we will be hard to beat.
"There'll come times of crisis but so far we've got enough extra energy for the European matches."
Solbakken will also draw on the spirit that saw his side come through tough Champions League qualifiers against Rosenborg and BATE Borisov.
"We had the knife at our throats against BATE Borisov and Rosenborg but we made it through," he added.
Copenhagen do have injury problems to worry about, though, with captain and central defender Solvi Ottesen ruled out for up to six weeks after fracturing his arm in the league victory over Brondby.
Martin Bergvold (knee) and Morten Nordstrand (thigh and groin) are long-term absentees.
It is three seasons since Panathinaikos and Copenhagen last met, in a UEFA Cup group match.
The Greeks came out on top on that occasion thanks to a goal from Dame N'Doye, who will also be involved this time around - playing for the other side.
The Senegalese striker is looking for a second Champions League goal after netting the winner against Rubin Kazan.
For Panathinaikos, tomorrow's match represents a chance to put behind them their opening match against Barcelona.
The Greeks took the lead against Europe's most feared team but still came out on the wrong end of a 5-1 defeat.
Injuries have also taken their toll this week with Sidney Govou, Cedric Kante and Giourkas Seitaridis all ruled out of the Athens clash.
France striker Govou has a thigh problem while Kante fractured a finger during Panathinaikos' league win over Panionios at the weekend and Seitaridis has suffered a setback in his recovery from a muscle problem.
Nikos Spyropoulos (knee) and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (right foot) could return but Antonis Petropoulos (groin) is also out.


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