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Midtjylland vs FC Astana - Match Preview

01 Aug 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification

FC Midtjylland

  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W

vs

Kick-off
17:00 GMT
01 August 2018

FC Astana

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • Midtjylland had a fantastic campaign last season, securing their second ever Danish Superliga title but they have started this one slowly. After three games, they have four points on the board with a win, a loss and a draw. They were successful in their last match as they beat Esbjerg 3-1 and now their focus is firmly on European qualification.
  • Astana are continuing their domination of the Kazakhstan Premier League as it looks extremely likely that they will win the league again this term, which would make it five in a row. They breezed past Sutjeska in the last round of qualifying, beating them 3-0 over both legs and have a great chance of progression again in this round.
  • After scoring just once in their two opening league games, the three goals in Midjtylland’s last match will provide confidence going into this one.
  • Two Astana players have scored eight goals so far this season as both Marin Tomasov and Patrick Twumasi are vying for the golden boot amongst other players.

HEAD TO HEAD

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

MIDTJYLLAND NEWS

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

28.07.2018 Supe FC Midtjylland Esbjerg FB 3:1 W
24.07.2018 UEFA FC Astana FC Midtjylland 2:1 L
20.07.2018 Supe Aalborg BK FC Midtjylland 2:1 L
14.07.2018 Supe FC Midtjylland AGF Aarhus 0:0 D
07.07.2018 Club AZ Alkmaar FC Midtjylland 1:1 D

FC ASTANA NEWS

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

SUMMARY

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.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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