The Foxes maintained their perfect start to their debut Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over the Danes last time out and will hope for a stronger performance in Denmark. FC Copenhagen created enough chances to win, besting Leicester City in both corners and shots on goal. If not for a remarkable Kasper Schmeichel save, Andreas Cornelius would have grabbed Copenhagen a point late on. That defeat remains the only time FC Copenhagen have lost this season, with Cornelius and Federico Santander each scoring five goals and three other players with four. Leicester travel to the Danish capital off the back of a 1-1 draw against Spurs and a three match unbeaten run. A win would guarantee them a place in the knockout rounds.
The first Danish team to ever reach the group stages, FC Copenhagen are back in the competition after two years in the Europa League. The current Danish champions have a decent chance to repeat that feat with Club Brugge, FC Porto and Leicester City rounding out their group. They’ll have to do so without winger Nicolai Jørgensen, who was last season’s top scorer. Forward Federico Santander, their second highest scorer, will shoulder the goalscoring burden alongside København’s usual influx of young Danish talent. Having managed a draw against Barcelona the last time they made it to the knockout stages, getting out of this group is not an unrealistic aim.
Last year’s improbable season gives Leicester a chance to prove themselves at the highest possible level (sorry, World Cup). While it would be foolish to discount their chances, competing in the Champions League in addition to defending their Premier League title and playing in two domestic cups is a tall order for any club - let alone one that was built a year ago for one purpose: avoiding relegation. The Foxes managed to hold onto the talent they need to get out of the group stage, the question is whether they have to squad depth to compete on multiple fronts.
A regular starter of the Danish national team, Kvist acts as København’s midfield general.
The Paraguayan scored 14 goals in his first season in Copenhagen.