WATCHERS of this season’s Champions League would have familiarised themselves with the name Nordsjaelland for possibly the first time.
Well, they are the current Danish champions, having arrested a three-year period of domination in edging tonight’s opponents FC Copenhagen to a maiden title last season.
As it stands, the away side come into this game on course to prise the Superliga back away from Nordsjaelland – seven points ahead with seven games remaining – however, a glance at the form book suggests the race is far from over and would be fully reignited by a home win here.
Indeed, since exiting the Champions League, Nordsjaelland have been able to completely refocus their efforts on title retention, winning five of their last six games while drawing the other.
And smell blood they may, as Copenhagen have stumbled to three games without a win, sandwiching a shock defeat to bottom side Silkeborg between two draws with mid-table opposition.
Kasper Hjulmand’s team need no more incentive than closing the gap to their rivals to four points by securing their fifth straight league win either.
Nordsjaelland are unbeaten in their 13 home league games too, winning nine of those.
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