Schmeichel keeps focus on Randers

Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says his team can lift the inaugural Europa Conference League this season, but they cannot afford to overlook Randers ahead of Thursday’s second leg in Denmark (Randers 4/1, Draw 3/1, Leicester 8/13 – Match Betting).

The Foxes ended last season as FA Cup champions, and they are hoping to end this season with another trophy.

The Europa Conference League has given Leicester a realistic chance of winning silverware this season, but Brendan Rodgers’ men have only won one of their last seven games in all competitions.

Thankfully for Leicester, that success came against Randers last week and they will take a 4-1 advantage into the second leg.

Schmeichel expects Randers to throw everything at them over the 90 minutes, and he says complacency cannot be allowed.

“It’s the final chance of silverware,” Schmeichel said.

“You want to win trophies and to have the opportunity to be the first winner of this competition is something we should be looking at.

“Wins build momentum and confidence. That will be important for the squad as a whole – but we’ve got to do the job first.”

Leicester, who are struggling domestically to qualify for European football next season as they are down in 12th place in the Premier League, are still without Jamie Vardy and Wesley Fofana for Thursday’s tie.

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Celtic are also in action at 17:45 and they have it all to do as they travel to the Aspmyra Stadion to tackle Bodo/Glimt, who have a 3-1 advantage heading into Thursday’s match (Bodo/Glimt 9/4, Draw 3/1, Celtic evens – Match Betting).

Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt are unbeaten in 13 matches at home, including a 6-1 victory over Roma during the group stages.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou expects a difficult night at the office, and he says his team will need to dig deep in tough conditions.

He told BBC Sport: “There are no easy solutions.

“We have already had two games this year on an artificial pitch, so there is not a great deal to be gained. Us flying there today [Wednesday] and having a session on their pitch is going to make absolutely zero difference.

“I have been involved in football for a long time, especially at national team level but even in Australia, where you have to deal with extreme climatic conditions, extreme pitch conditions.

“And what I found, in the end, is that the best approach is to make sure that your players are always prepared to deal with whatever challenges there are.”

Celtic have no fresh injury concerns to worry about, although Yosuke Ideguchi is ineligible, and Mikey Johnston, David Turnbull, Kyogo Furuhashi and Albian Ajeti remain out.

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