17:00 GMT 01 August 2018
With plenty of European leagues already underway, some of those sides in domestic leagues must also fight on the continental front as Champions League qualifiers are taking place. Midtjylland were beaten 2-1 by FC Astana in the first-leg of their second round tie, the second-leg will be played in Denmark on Wednesday.
There has only ever been one meeting between these two sides and that came last week in the first-leg of this tie, it ended 2-1 to Astana on their own patch. The hosts went a goal ahead after half an hour thanks to László Kleinheisler before they were pegged back to 1-1 six minutes after half-time courtesy of Gustav Wikheim’s goal. Astana left it very late to secure the one-goal advantage as they scored in the 94th minute with Kleinheisler completing a brace.
Head to head matches: FC Midtjylland - FC Astana
|24.07.2018||UEFA||FC Astana||FC Midtjylland||2:1|
A 1-0 win will be enough to send Midtjylland through to the third round of qualifying but they still have a lot to do. Kristian Dirks Riis and Rilwan Hassan are injured for the clash. Latest matches: FC Midtjylland
Latest matches: FC Midtjylland
Despite the advantage they bring into the match, Astana will still have a tough task ahead defending their lead away from home. It could be a very long 90 minutes if they don’t get a goal of their own.
Latest matches: FC Astana
|28.07.2018||Prem||FC Astana||FK Atyrau||2:0||W|
|24.07.2018||UEFA||FC Astana||FC Midtjylland||2:1||W|
|18.07.2018||UEFA||FK Sutjeska Niksic||FC Astana||0:2||W|
|14.07.2018||Prem||FC Astana||Shakhter Karagandy||2:0||W|
|11.07.2018||UEFA||FC Astana||FK Sutjeska Niksic||1:0||W|
This game is perfectly poised with the away side bringing a 2-1 lead into the game. A narrow win could be enough to see Midtjylland through but I think it could quite easily go to extra-time if Astana get a first-half goal. The hosts only need a single goal which may mean they will restrict attacking in the first-half before going much harder in the second which, this could mean a goalless first period is followed by one with a few goals. Midtjylland should be able to win but an Astana away goal would put them in big trouble.
01 August 2018 - 17:00 GMT
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