Midtjylland vs Astana
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: MCH Arena, Herning.
Laszlo Kleinheiser was Astana’s hero as his brace helped the team pick up an important 2-1 victory in the first leg of the second qualifying round against Midtjylland. The Kazakhstani outfit were a better side on the pitch throughout the 90 minutes of play. They grabbed an early cushion at the half-hour mark, but Gustav Wikheim brought the Wolves back on level terms when he found the equalizer after the interval.
Astana struggled to regain the lead all up until the fourth minute of the added time when Kleinheiser pulled off an amazing effort for outside the box to make the difference and help Astana gain advantage ahead of the reverse fixture in Herning.
The tie is now wide open as Midtjylland have a great chance to annul the deficit and advance with a narrow 1-0 victory in front of the home crowd at MCH Arena.
Midtjylland vs Astana: Head-to-head
The match played seven days ago in Astana was the first ever head to head meeting between the two outfits.
Midtjylland vs Astana: Prediction
The Wolves shockingly won the title in the previous term of Superligaen taking advantage of a number of Brondby’s slip-ups in the very finish of the season. They began the title defense quest in a desperate manner, winning just one point from the opening two games against AGF and AaB. Nevertheless, the head coach Jess Thorup can breathe easier after Saturday’s home clash with Esbjerg as Wikheim, Poulsen and Frank inspired a 31 win, team’s first of the season in the top flight of the Danish football.
Astana, on the other side, made it ten wins and a draw in last eleven games in all competitions when they eased past Atyrau 2-0 on the home patch at the weekend. They are six points clear off Kairat in second place after 21 rounds of the competition in Kazakhstani Premier League.
The visitors have a much greater experience of playing at the highest level in continental competitions. They reached the knockout stage of Europa League last year and such experience might be crucial to guide them to the third qualifying round in this term of Champions League.
It will surely be a fantastic match between two strong teams and we’ll go for goals and back the BTTS option at the odds of 1.83. Braver punters can go for the draw at 3.40.
Midtjylland vs Astana: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.83
Draw @ 3.40.