I had several ideas today, but have decided to go with just the one selection, about which I am very confident.
UEFA CUP QUALIFICATION
CLIFTONVILLE - FC COPENHAGEN
There is a huge class differential here, as discussed yesterday, the N.I standard is poor and it is hard to make a case for Cliftonville being any better than third best in that league. It was only last year that they won their first ever European cup tie, which came in the Intertoto Cup against lowly Latvian opposition. After a good start to last season, they fell away at the end of the campaign and still appear to be suffering the effects. On Monday , they were absolute hammered 7-0 at home by Ipswich Town, yes, it was a friendly, but Cliftonville put out a strong side and were "up for the game". Their play at times was suicidal and very naive.
They have a lot of problems, with four key players missing and are very short in midfield , their coach is concerned and worried about a repeat of Monday's debacle. Certainly, such a heavy defeat, would not have done much for the confidence of the part timers, facing another accomplished team so soon afterwards.
FCK have taken their strongest possible squad, including new signing Thomas Kristensen, the Danish International having joined from Nordsjaeland earlier in the week, they are hopeful that the paperwork will be completed in time for him to play. Three injured players, including Jesper Gronkjaer, remained in Denmark. This is a classy outfit, they have been domestic champions five times this miilenium and were in the group stages of the Champions League in 2006 and were eliminated in the 3rd qualification round by Benfica last year. They are one of the better teams currently in the competition and should win ,with the minimum of fuss.
7.5 points FC Copenhagen -1.25 ball asian line 1.82. result ...won 4-0