FC Astana vs Midtjylland
Champions League Qualifying 2018/19
Date: Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Astana Arena.
Champions League 2018/19 campaign reaches the second qualifying round and thus starts a series of exciting contest, first of which is between Astana and Midtjylland.
FC Astana are the defending Kazakhstan Premier League Champions and 2017 season saw them winning their fourth league title on the bounce. Their current domestic campaign is on mid-season and Blue and Yellows is perfectly poised to successfully defend the title.
On the other hand, FC Midtjylland won the Danish Superliga title last season, for a second time in their history. However, they have a turbulent start to the new campaign without a win in two games.
Midtjylland’s only previous Champions League qualifying campaign was in 2015/16, months after winning their first league title. Their campaign lasted just 2 rounds back then.
However, the Wolves have plenty of experience as they entered the Europa League campaign six times between 2011 and last season.
Still, there is no doubt that Astana are better experienced at this level with two Europa League group stage appearances under their belt.
Astana vs Midtjylland Head-to-head
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between FC Astana vs Midtjylland.
Astana vs Midtjylland Prediction
As we mentioned earlier, Astana are one of the best experienced sides in UEFA qualifiers.
However, Midtjylland cannot be underestimated as they an exciting team to watch in last season’s Europa League qualifiers. The Wolves didn’t cross the hurdle, but scored in each of their 8 games, finished the campaign with 20 goals to their name.
Astana are yet to lose a Champions League game at home, let it be the qualifiers or group game. The likes of Atletico Madrid, Benfica, Celtic and Galatasaray have surrendered points here. However, the team do not have the defensive stability.
This is why I will be banking on an Astana win with both teams to score to make the best out of stakes.
Astana vs Midtjylland Betting Tips
FT- Astana win & BTTS at 4.75 odd.
Correct FT Score – 2-1 home win at 9.00 odd.