Telia Parken, Osterbro, Denmark 14 Sep 2017 5:00 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: FC Copenhagen have lost only once in their previous 11 home games in European competitions, a 2-1 loss to Zilina in July. Lokomotiv will have no fears travelling abroad however, having lost only one of their last five European games on the road.
Expert Verdict: The two favourites to qualify from Group F meet in the opening match, FC Copenhagen failing to reach the Champions League group stage but expected to advance from Group F in the Europa League. Lokomotiv Moscow finished eighth in the Russian Premier League last season, earning a spot in the Europa League by winning the Russian Cup. They too will be expecting to reach the knock-out rounds. Expect this to be a high scoring and hard fought match.
Central defender Erik Johansson is a long term casualty with a cruciate ligament injury, striker Federico Santander also unavailable. Andrija Pavlovic and Pieros Sotiriou are set to lead the line, Zeca marked his first game for Copenhagen with a goal but might have to settle for a place on the bench.
Benjamin Verbic scored two goals in the 4-3 win against Midtjylland, the first after a bursting run into the box and the second with a delightful free kick. The 23-year-old winger was a prolific scorer for Slovenian club Celje before his move to Copenhagen in 2015, but could be on his way towards a standout season with four goals and four assists in 14 appearances thus far.
FC Copenhagen missed out on the Champions League group stage on away goals despite beating Qarabag 2-1 at home. The Danish club returned to domestic football with a 3-0 defeat at Nordsjaelland before a 4-3 win against Midtjylland last time out, which lifts them to sixth position in the Danish Superliga.
Defenders:Ankersen, Lüftner, Biolesen, Bengtsson
Midfielders:Kusk, Kvist, Gregus, Verbic
Brazilian striker Ari is injured for Lokomotiv with defender Vedran Corluka expected to be out for another month. Eder played his first game for the Russian club on Saturday, but the Portuguese striker might not be fit enough to back up in Denmark.
Manuel Fernandes is enjoying a resurgence after being injured for almost the entire 2015/16 season. The 31-year-old provided 9 goals and 11 assists last season, this season he has three goals and five assists from just ten appearances. A set piece specialist and a driving force from the midfield, expect Fernandes to cause the Copenhagen defence constant problems with his direct approach.
Lokomotiv have played nine games in the Russian Premier League with six wins, two draws and one loss. Their most recent performance was a 1-1 draw at Akhmat Grozny where they surrendered an 84th equaliser after Ravanelli's effort took a big deflection past Guilherme.
Defenders:Pejcinovic, Kvirkvelia, Mykhalyk
Midfielders:Ignatjev, Fernandes, Denisov, Anton Miranchuk, Rybus
Forwards:Farfan, Aleksey Miranchuk
These sides have met on one previous occasion in Moscow in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup with the Danish side coming away with a 1-0 win.
FC Copenhagen are at 7/5 to win the game, the draw at 11/5 with a Lokomotiv Moscow win at 2/1.
FC Copenhagen are slight favourites at home, but the Danish club have conceded six goals in the past two games despite winning their last encounter 4-3. Lokomotiv won a recent game 4-3 at rivals Spartak so there is a possibility for a high scoring game here. Over 2.5 goals is an attractive proposition at 11/8 with over 3.5 goals a hefty 7/2.
Neither side will want to give each other points in this one as both expect to fight it out for Group F supremacy. Expect a tight game with a draw likely at 11/5, with the odds of a 2-2 draw 14/1.
These teams are tightly matched and both teams will be happy with a point.