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Lets put yesterday behind us and look forward to the massive game on Thursday.

 

We are not the favourites, but its not over till its over  :P 

 

Cant wait to escapre from work early, get on the bus up the road, have asing song, get a pint in town then watch the biggest game in years

 

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Bring it on

If JC doesn't do anything stupid we have a chance

GET IN THERE

Exactly - hope we haven't seen too much of them so dont set up just to stop them.  Go out 4-4-2 and let players express and we have every chance.  And if we lose doing that then there will be not many complaints from most!!

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Exactly - hope we haven't seen too much of them so dont set up just to stop them.  Go out 4-4-2 and let players express and we have every chance.  And if we lose doing that then there will be not many complaints from most!!

 

Its all I ask. Have a right good go at it. If we lose out to a better side then we will have learned something.

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Everytime i think of this game i think of Rangers on the last day last season.

 

Difference this time is were not playing a team of assclowns and Copenhagen need a result.

 

If we play well and still go out, fair enough but this game is winnable aslong as JC doesn't piss about.

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Everytime i think of this game i think of Rangers on the last day last season.

 

Difference this time is were not playing a team of assclowns and Copenhagen need a result.

 

If we play well and still go out, fair enough but this game is winnable aslong as JC doesn't piss about.

Yup - when it came down to it we had no choice but to try and win the game and let players off the leash and we did it.  Hopefully the same this time!!

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Don't want to be putting any negative vibes across in this thread but what exactly are you basing that on?

For me on the belief that we have some good players when we let them express themselves.

 

That and Copenhagen's results in the group losing 2-0 at home to Madrid who only beat us 2-0 with us playing gash and losing 1-0 at home to Panathinaikos who were no great shakes either but we lay down to them aswell.

 

We actually look good most of the time when sent out to attack and if we are we have a more than good chance of winning.

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Im not a betting person so cant find the odds for the match but I can see we are 500/1 to win the comp and they are 100/1

 

match odds

 

http://www.oddschecker.com/football/uefa-cup/aberdeen-v-fc-copenhagen/win-market

 

 

outright

 

http://www.oddschecker.com/football/uefa-cup/win-market

 

 

Not like the bookies to make such a big cock up, but with Dons being favs, then the outright market is wrong. Strange.

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match odds

 

http://www.oddschecker.com/football/uefa-cup/aberdeen-v-fc-copenhagen/win-market

 

 

outright

 

http://www.oddschecker.com/football/uefa-cup/win-market

 

 

Not like the bookies to make such a big cock up, but with Dons being favs, then the outright market is wrong. Strange.

Not really that strange.  We are favourites slightly since we are at home but if we get through we are understandably not fancied at all to win it.  If Copenhagen get through they are far more fancied than us as have beat teams Celtic and Man Utd at home in last couple of years and Ajax & Loko Moscow away.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/football/teams/a/aberdeen/7148316.stm

 

Despite not having actually won a Uefa Cup match so far this season, Aberdeen have the opportunity to progress to the last 32 on Thursday.

 

Draws with Dnipro - twice - and Lokomotiv Moscow have been joined by defeats at Panathinikos and Atletico Madrid.

 

But a victory in what is the biggest European night at Pittodrie in years, would see Jimmy Calderwood's men finish above Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Copenhagen in their group.

 

That would be a remarkable achievement.

 

The spending power and talent that riddles each of those side's squads and the fact they have graced the Champions League in recent years emphasises this.

 

Not since a European Cup quarter-final with IFK Gothenburg in season 1985-1986 will Pittodrie have witnessed such a glittering European night.

 

But the superb first round performances against Dnipro that put the Dons through to the group stages will have to be replicated, if not bettered, if the dream is to become reality.

 

The obstacle in Aberdeen's way is Stale Solbakken's Danish champions, who need little introduction.

 

A late Shota Arveladze goal took Rangers past them in a 2003 Champions League qualifier.

 

Just over a year ago another Scottish side took on 'the Lions' when Gordon Strachan's already qualified Celtic were well beaten in the Champions League.

 

And Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United succumbed to the Superliga side in the same group stage, Copenhagen's first foray in the competition.

 

Fellow group-mates last season - Benfica - sent the Danes spiralling out of Europe's top club competition this campaign in the final qualifying round.

 

The pressure is now on Solbakken's side after the 2-0 home defeat to Atletico on matchday four, although a draw will be enough for them on Thursday.

 

Panathinikos' 2-0 victory over Lokomotiv on the same evening eliminated the Russians from the reckoning and gave the Dons the chance they craved.

 

The Copenhagen hitmen who slayed Celtic at the Parken Stadium last December could once again be the ones the Dons have to beware.

 

In Marcus Allback, Atiba Hutchinson and Jesper Gronkjaer they have the tools to unlock most defences.

 

The 70-times capped Swede, Allback was on the scoresheet when Copenhagen last played a domestic fixture.

 

That was their final league match before the Danish Superliga's winter break when they drew with arch-rivals Brondby at home a fortnight ago.

 

It is a match dubbed the 'New Firm' fixture in Denmark between the sides who have a stranglehold on the Danish game.

 

Allback is also the club's leading scorer in this season's Uefa Cup.

 

Supporting Allback from midfield is Hutchinson, a Canadian international who opened the scoring against the Parkhead side in that 3-1 win last December.

 

But the tricky Danish international and former Chelsea winger Gronkjaer looks set to miss out on the trip to Pittodrie which would be a boost for the SPL club.

 

Another positive for the Dons will be the absence of Norwegian international defender Brede Hangeland.

 

The classy 26-year-old - whose three Uefa Cup bookings have ruled him out of the crucial tie - has been linked with a move to the English Premier League.

 

Two former Rangers players will also play key roles for the Danish side.

 

Goalkeeper Jesper Christiansen and Czech midfielder Libor Sionko have been regulars this season as the club lie second in the table to Aalborg.

 

Aberdeen have not had much luck against Danish sides.

 

In 1991, the Dons were knocked out of the Uefa Cup in the first-round by B1903 Copenhagen who merged with KB to form the club who travel to Scotland this week.

 

Brondby - then managed by future Aberdeen boss Ebbe Skovdahl - knocked Roy Aitken's side out of the Uefa Cup in 1996.

 

A packed Pittodrie will ensure memories of great European nights in the North East will come flooding back.

 

If the Dons can take all three points on Thursday, a new generation of Dons fans will have their own to look back on.

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Early team news:

JDV and Jamie Smith are back in training, and will be added to the squad if they prove themselves fit:

 

Source: http://www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=149212&command=displayContent&sourceNode=232924&home=yes&more_nodeId1=149229&contentPK=19292960

 

In other pre-match news Copenhagen are only taking 300 fans over, having returned 100 tickets, Alex Salmond will be there to cheer on the  Reds.

Also:

If Aberdeen beat the Danes, Scotland will have three clubs in Europe beyond Christmas for the first time since Celtic, Kilmarnock and Dunfermline achieved the feat in 1970.

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