Tuesday, August 14, 2007


FCK finally burst into life with a 5-2 win over Esbjerg at the weekend.

The Danish champions will certainly be the more battle hardened of the two, after several domestic games and progressing through a very tough second qualifying round against Beitar.

This is Benfica's first competitive game of the season and they will certainly "come on" for the outing. The side appears weaker on paper, following the loss of Miccoli and Simao, Manuel Fernandes will not start, as he is close to completing a move to Everton. Many supporters also have little confidence in their coach, who's days appear to be numbered.

These two met at the group stage last season, with the Portugese giants winning the home tie 3-1, thanks mainly to two early strikes. That game also came much later in the year, when any fitness advantage, had swung away from the Danes.

FCK are confident that they have learned much from that game and will perform much better this time round. I feel that they can keep it close and will take them with the handicap start.

Look out for Mads Laudrup, son of Michael, who may make his debut on a major european stage.

5 points FCK + 1.25 goals 1.75 asian line.

Good Luck

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