City look to avoid slip-up
It's snowing hard in Denmark's capital, the pavements are treacherous and the fountains frozen.
Well, the locals think they might.
The Danish football league has been in hibernation since their winter break began in mid-December, and it will not restart for another fortnight; but these are still heady days for the Danes.
It's been five seasons since any of their sides has progressed beyond Christmas in any European competition.
Now they have two representatives in the last 32 of the Uefa Cup - and one of them has virtually guaranteed a place in the final 16 already.
That's because Aalborg thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 3-0 in the first leg of their tie on Wednesday night, a result that must go down as one of the biggest upsets in this season's competition.
It's also a warning to Manchester City that, whilst this game comes in the Danish league's downtime, Copenhagen cannot be taken lightly.
To add to the spice, the winners of the Aalborg v Deportivo contest will play either FC Copenhagen or Manchester City in the next round.
They are captained by Ulrik Laursen, who played for Celtic in the Uefa Cup final against FC Porto, and possess Cesar Santin, a Brazilian striker with a goalscoring record that commands respect.
Jesper Gronkjaer, the former Chelsea winger, is likely to be a substitute as he continues his comeback from a lengthy injury.
As for City, well they have been terrible away from home for months in the Premier League.
At Portsmouth last Saturday, the patience of Mark Hughes finally seemed to snap, with the manager as critical of his players as he has ever been.
The Uefa Cup is now their only chance for glory this season - and maybe Hughes' best chance of keeping the club's new owners on his side.
That's no doubt why they have brought all their big guns for this game.
At training on Wednesday night, Robinho was the focus of every camera lens. No surprise there -and City will hope for no surprises later either.