Elias Jelert

Jelert: Expect goals against FCN tonight

Elias Jelert says he's ready to get back into Superliga action on Monday when F.C. Copenhagen take on FC Nordsjælland in Parken.

Jelert missed last week's victory over Silkeborg that kicked off the second half of Denmark's domestic season.

He trained on Saturday and hopes to make an impact on Monday, should he be selected.

"(Training) went well and I'm ready for Monday if I'm needed," says the full-back. "It was a shame to miss the game on Sunday, but my ankle is fine again after the short break."

Expecting goals
FCK and FCN usually serve up goals. The two teams drew 2-2 in Farum in September, and last spring shared 13 goals across the two-legged Danish Cup semifinal. In fact, the two sides have gone 19 games against each other without recording a 0-0 draw, a run that stretches back to May 2018.

An average 3.3 goals per game has been scored in the subsequent meetings since then – and Jelert reckons more will come on Monday.

"There have been some entertaining and high-scoring matches between us for a long time, and it will be another great match against a team who we met many times last year and know well," says the defender.

"We match up to each other quite well and I'm sure it will be an intense game, where both teams will want to have the ball and control the match as much as possible. So I think people will get to see a good amount of football on Monday."

Maintaining the pace
The Lions' victory over Silkeborg means Jacob Neestrup's side sit just a point behind Brøndby in the Superliga. More than 30,000 fans have secured their seat for the FCN clash and Jelert knows the importance of three points.

"I saw the team deliver a good game on Sunday and we were clinical when it mattered," he says. "We scored three times and in general it looked good, although we know we can play even better and have good periods in games for even longer. But it was a good start, and now it's about building on it.

"It will be great to kick off the Superliga again in front of the home crowd. After all, we got the year off to a flying start in Parken with the match against Manchester City, and we are looking forward to playing in front of the fans again – it is always a pleasure and we are determined to give them a victory!"

The match against FCN kicks off on Monday at 7pm - buy your F.C. Copenhagen ticket online at billet.fck.dk