FC Cophenhagen v Real Madrid Odds : Ronaldo return as away win gathers momentum
The latest FC Cophenhagen v Real Madrid odds from the Champions League as Ronaldo could return to fire Los Blancos to victory in Denmark (KO 19:45GMT).
Real Madrid will look to finish their Champion League group stage in style when they travel to Denmark to face Copenhagen.
A strong Madrid side featuring the likes of Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Angel di Maria and Isco could only draw with the Segunda B side Olímpic de Xàtiva in the first leg of their Copa del Rey fourth round clash last time out.
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Last season’s runners up were missing Xabi Alonso while Gareth Bale and Ronaldo were both injured however all three were on the plane to Denmark and are set to feature on Tuesday.
With qualification already secured Carlo Ancelotti could be forgiven for resting his star men especially Ballon D’or finalist Ronaldo, however the Italian confirmed that he will play the Portuguese star in the Danish capital.
“Cristiano is fine, he is training with the rest of the team and he will play on Tuesday without any problem,” the former PSG boss said.
Should Ronaldo play and score then he would break the record for the most goals scored in the group stages. The 28 year old has scored 8 goals so far, the same as Ruud van Nistelrooy, Hernan Crespo and Filippo Inzaghi and needs just one more to set the record.
Luka Modric and Karim Benzema were both late substitutes against Olímpic and could start while Fabio Coentrao, Sami Khedira and Raphael Varane are out injured. Sergio Ramos is suspended meaning Nacho will start in defence alongside Pepe.
While Madrid has nothing to play for, there is still plenty at stake for Copenhagen. Stale Solbakken’s side currently sit bottom of the group but they could sneak a Europa league with a win while a draw would also secure third place should Galatasaray lose at home to Juventus.
The Danes are third in their domestic league, six points behind leaders Midtjylland and they will head into the game on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over Vestsjælland, their third successive league win.
Copenhagen will be without Nicolai Jorgensen, Daniel Braaten and Rurik Gislason for the game however despite the absence of key men Solbakken is hoping for an early Christmas present.
We are still alive and we will hope that we can provide one last, brave effort to go through,” Solbakken said on www.fck.dk.
“I have said that I hope for one Christmas present before December 24 and that is a win or maybe a draw in Parken (against Real).”