Man City v Copenhagen preview

26 February 2009 10:35
Manchester City hold the upper hand heading into their Uefa Cup clash with FC Copenhagen on Thursday.[LNB] The Blues twice took the lead in the first leg of their last 32 encounter in Denmark, only to come away with a 2-2 draw.[LNB]However, two away goals could prove to be priceless as the tie heads to Eastlands.[LNB]City will be confident that they can get the job on home soil, though, with Copenhagen having failed to win in their two previous visits to England.[LNB]The Blues enter the game unbeaten in their last three outings, with a morale-boosting 1-1 draw away at Liverpool secured last time out.[LNB]They have also overcome Danish opposition once already in this season's Uefa Cup, seeing off FC Midtjylland on penalties in the second qualifying round.[LNB]Copenhagen, who are coming towards the end of their off-season, remain upbeat, though, and their manager Stale Solbakken believes his team are capable of causing an upset.[LNB]"We will be better than we were a week ago. The mood among the players is great as these are two bonus games for us before the season re-starts," he said.[LNB]"Perhaps our hopes are not as big as they were before the first game but the last goal at the Parken gives us a chance."[LNB]Kompany doubtCity midfielder Vincent Kompany is a major doubt heading into the game as he struggles with a toe injury.[LNB]Mark Hughes is hoping the problem will settle down as he is already without Nigel de Jong, who was not registered for the competition.[LNB]Shaun Wright Phillips is available again, however, as his domestic ban does not apply to the European tie.[LNB]He has a slight ankle injury but is expected to recover in time to take his place in the side.[LNB]Copenhagen will hand a late fitness test to striker Cesar Santin after he suffered a slight groin strain in the first leg.[LNB]The Danes will also be hoping to call upon two players with prior experience of life in England.[LNB]Jesper Gronkjaer and Niclas Jensen can boast the likes of Chelsea, Birmingham, Manchester City and Fulham on their respective CVs. [LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports