After struggling to get into their stride and flirting with the relegation zone during a disappointing start to the season, the point FC Copenhagen picked up against Juventus on 17 September proved something of a spark for a turnaround in domestic fortunes.
Stale Solbakken’s men are now unbeaten in their last six, pulling off some excellent recent results which include a 3-0 win against Aalborg, a 4-0 against Nordsjaelland (Champions League competitors last season) and a 4-1 against Viborg.
They are very strong at home, but less so away: since taking on Juventus, they have only managed two nervy draws – a 1-1 with Randers salvaged in added time and the same scoreline against Esbjerg – besides a 3-2 defeat in the derby against Brondby.
FC Copenhagen have the Danish Superliga’s strongest attack with 30 goals in 16 games, but the figure of 20 conceded places them just fourth in terms of defensive prowess.
Seven goals make 21-year-old Belgian Igor Vetokele the side’s most in-form striker domestically, but so far in Europe he has only been put into action for 50 minutes against Galatasaray. Not far behind is Nicolai Jorgensen, whose strike against Juventus gifted the Danes their 1-1 draw and has scored five in the Superliga.
Also very capable of finding the net is Cesar Santin, who has recently become the club’s all time top-scorer at the age of 32 with 84 goals.