Complete first-leg winners in England, Leicester City take on Randers in northern Denmark with their sights set on a place in the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16.
• Randers qualified from Group D of the UEFA Europa Conference League in the autumn, drawing their first four games but doing enough to finish second to AZ Alkmaar with seven points. Leicester, meanwhile, finished third in a hotly contested UEFA Europa League Group C, two points behind Spartak Moskva and Napoli, after losing 3-2 away to the Italian club in the 6th day.
• Although tied at 1-1 in the first leg when Vito Hammershøj-Mistrati leveled Wilfred Ndidi’s opener just before the break, Leicester overtook Randers with three more second-half goals, with Harvey Barnes and Patson Daka finding all the two the way to the nets before Kiernan Dewsbury. -Hall’s second goal in successive European games sealed a 4-1 win.
• While the first leg was Randers’ first game against English opponents in UEFA competition, Leicester have already played with a Danish club once, beating FC Copenhagen 1-0 at home before drawing 0- 0 away in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel kept clean sheets for Leicester in both games against his native champions.
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• Winner of the Danish Cup for the first time in 15 years – and second overall – last season, after beating SønderjyskE 4-0 in the final, Randers is taking part in UEFA competition for the first time since 2015/16 and The Fall debuted in a European group stage.
• The Jutland club’s 2021/22 European campaign began in the UEFA Europa League play-offs, where they were beaten by Galatasaray (1-1h, 1-2a). The result propelled Thomas Thomasberg’s side into the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage, where they drew in their first four games before claiming a maiden victory, 2-1 at home to CFR Cluj, during the 5th day. A first loss, 0-1 at section winners AZ, did no damage as qualifying rivals Jablonec, with whom they had twice drawn 2-2, also lost their last game, allowing Randers to remain a point and a place above them.
• Randers are unbeaten in their last six European home games, drawing four in a row before beating CFR. The last foreign team to beat them in Denmark was Russia’s Rubin Kazan, who won the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round 2-1.
• Randers have lost only once in the away first leg in a UEFA draw, 1-2 at Fenerbahçe in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup first round. They were then beaten 3-0 at home in the return.
• Leicester have made consecutive appearances in the UEFA Europa League group stage, winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history last May with a 1-0 victory in the final against Chelsea. However, in a repeat of the previous season, Brendan Rodgers’ side narrowly missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification, finishing fifth in the Premier League after spending most of the campaign in the top four.
• UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists in 2016/17, Foxes won their UEFA Europa League group stage last season on their competitive debut but were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Slavia Praha (0- 0a, 0-2h). This season they have won two, drawn two and lost two of their six group matches, the highlight being a 4-3 win over eventual group winners Spartak in which Daka scored all four goals, the point down a shock 1-0 loss against the Polish league. Legia Warszawa wrestlers.
• East Midlanders have won just four of their 16 away matches in UEFA competition (D3 L9), the most impressive of them 3-0 at Club Brugge on their UEFA Champions League debut, the most recent being a 4-3 win at Spartak on Matchday 3, which ended a run of three European away matches without scoring (D1 L2). They have never won away in Europe during the spring (D1 L2).
• This is the first time that Leicester have won the home first leg of a UEFA fixture.
UEFA Europa Conference League squad changes
In: Hugo Andersson (Malmo), Matthias Andersson (Sion), Alexander Nybo (Fredericia)
Outside: Erik Marxen (Nordsjælland), Andreas Søndergaard (Wolves, final loan)
In: Wesley Fofana, James Justin
Outside: Filip Benković (Udinese), Ryan Bertrand
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• Born in Copenhagen, Schmeichel is the first-choice goalkeeper for Leicester and the Danish national team, for which he has been capped 78 times. His club colleague Jannik Vestergaard is also a current Denmark international.
• Daniel Amartey played in Copenhagen from July 2014 until January 2016, when he joined Leicester halfway through their Premier League winning season. He made 63 appearances in all competitions for the Danish side, scoring six goals, and was unbeaten in five meetings for Randers.
• Amartey, Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton all played alongside Schmeichel for Leicester in one or both of their 2016/17 UEFA Champions League games against Copenhagen.
• Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans opened the scoring for Belgium in a 4-2 home win against Denmark in the UEFA Nations League on 18 November 2020.
• With six European goals this season, summer signing Daka is already Leicester’s top scorer in UEFA club competition. Barnes is in second place with five.
• Eight clubs have made their European group stage debuts in the UEFA Europa Conference League this season, but Randers is one of only two to have reached the knockout stage, the other second in Group C Bodø/Glimt.
• Leicester and Randers are two of five defending domestic cup holders in the UEFA Europa Conference League knockout stages; the others are Maccabi Tel-Aviv, PAOK and Slavia Praha.
Shoot to the net
• Neither Randers nor Leicester have been involved in a UEFA penalty shoot-out.
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