Midtjylland vs Esbjerg
Denmark – Superligaen
Date: Saturday, 28 July 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: MCH Arena, Herning.
Midtjylland are still looking for the first win of the new season after underwhelming displays in the opening two rounds. The reigning champions began the title defense quest by winning just one point in two games and they desperately need a three-pointer on Saturday when Esbjerg come to visit MCH Arena.
Nevertheless, the head coach Jess Thorup might be tempted to make some changes to the starting line-up in order to rest key figures for the much-important reverse fixture in the Champions League ties against Astana. The Wolves were extremely unlucky to concede the 94-th minute goal and lose the first leg 2-1 in Kazakhstan, but the tie is still wide open and there is a huge prize to aim for.
Midtjylland vs Esbjerg: Head-to-head
Midtjylland completely dominated this match-up over the last couple of years.
The Wolves won each of last five meetings with Esbjerg, bagging two or more goals in all matches during the process.
Midtjylland were particularly dominant in home clashes with Esbjerg given thy won 14 and lost only 2 of 23 against this opposition at MCH Arena.
Midtjylland vs Esbjerg: Prediction
Esbjerg saved the top flight status thanks to the 1-3 win on aggregate over Silkeborg in the relegation play-offs last term. They began the new season in a fantastic manner, holding Nordsjaelland to a 1-1 draw away at Right to Dream Park. However, John Lammers’ troops ruined it all with a 2-3 loss to league newcomers Vendsyssel last weekend at home.
Even though Midtjylland will likely be in a mixed line-up here, we expect them to be in full control form the very get go and clinch their first game of the season against one of the weakest teams in the elite class. Esbjerg showed how vulnerable their defensive line is by shipping three goals to Vendsyssel seven days ago. Knowing that Midtjylland scored three goals in each of last two head to head games with Esbjerg, the home win is a must-take at 1.57 here.
Midtjylland vs Esbjerg: Bet Tips
Midtjylland to win @ 1.57
Midtjylland -1.5 handicap @ 2.45.