After the great emotions from Tuesday and Wednesday in the groups of the Champions League, today is the turn of the first duels in the second strongest tournament LE. The matches are divided into two time zones - from 19.45 and 22.00, we have chosen two for a short analysis. Understandably, the first football stop is the field of Midtjylland - MSN Arena in the city of Herning, where our champions Ludogorets land in a match of Group F. Here are the teams of Red Star and Braga, playing in Belgrade at the same time.
Let us recall the amended regulations - those who ranked first in the groups go to the 1/8 finals in LE, the second to 1/16 finals in LE, the third to 1/6 finals in the Conference League, the fourth teams are eliminated.
Midtjylland finished second in the Danish Super League just a point behind Brondby and started their campaign in the Champions League. There, first in the quarterfinals, they overcame a very strong team like Celtic after two games of 1: 1, continuation of this field and success with 2: 1. In the semi-finals they were stopped by PSV after two losses to zero - 0: 3 at Phillips Stadium and 0: 1 at home. Thus, they got directly into the groups of LE, from the beginning of the season the boys of Bo Henriksen replaced Brian Priske in the Danish Super League, they achieved 6 victories and allowed 2 defeats at 15: 5. and are in second place with 2 points from FC Copenhagen. In this group, the "Wolves" will strive to take one of the two leading places and today's meeting will be an important start for them.
As we know, Ludogorets is a ten-time champion of Bulgaria and has gained invaluable experience and self-confidence with these continuous participations in tournaments. And in this edition they are about to leave some trace of how long we will see after playing these six games in this fairly equal group. Let's recall the path of the boys led by Valdas Dambrauskas - in the Champions League they eliminated Shakhtar Soligorsk with two victories of 1: 0, then Mura after 0: 0 as a guest and 3: 1 in Razgrad, third on the list was the Greek grand Olympiacos, dramatically eliminated after the draw. in Piraeus - 1: 1 and at home - 2: 2 and a penalty shootout - 4: 1. The Eagles' flight to the Champions League groups was interrupted by Malmö - 0: 2 as a guest and a 2: 1 victory at home. In the Efbet League Bulgaria were achieved 5 convincing victories with g.r. 16: 2, which shows that our representatives are ready for the battles in this complex group.
In the only match between Midtjylland and Ludogorets last 2020 in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, at Huvepharma Arena, the Danes won 1-0 with a goal in the 77th minute, can the Eagles take revenge today? According to the rates giving about 2.5 / 1 advantage to the hosts - difficult. The tips are for 2, over 2.5 goals, goal / goal, 1st and X2. The forecast is difficult, we offer you a different option with a big rate - under 2.5 goals, based on this single match and the great tension at the start. Forecast under 2.5 goals.
Ludogorets is disappointed
Ludogorets really missed the moment to fall for the second time in their history in the groups of the Champions League.
They, in turn, had the perfect combination of chance and top-notch form.
It will be difficult another time to catch, as they say, a team that is better than Olympiacos.
The big problem seems to be that it is not planned with proper preparation when the peaks will be in shape, on the one hand.
And on the other hand, the skills to keep it for a longer period. Or at least in the important moments.
Against Malmö from the headquarters of Ludogorets admitted that despite the success with 2-1 in Razgrad, they were light years away from the opponent.
And by all indicators.
As they could have lost by much more in Sweden than 0-2.
In any case, they will have to settle for the Europa League groups.
Where they will meet some old acquaintances. Like Red Star, for example.
Midtjylland is also sorry
Midtjylland is also likely to regret the missed opportunity. After they had eliminated Celtic.
But PSV proved to be a high bar for them.
And here are the Danes in the groups of the Europa League.
Forecast for Midtjylland - Ludogorets
In my opinion, both teams have changed.
And the fact that only a year ago Midtjylland beat Ludogorets in Razgrad 1-0, does not help with any prediction.
More importantly, for the moment both teams are showing results, combined with a good game in defense in their championships.
If, however, this happens in the conditions of low quality of the rivals regarding Ludogorets.
The same cannot be said of Midtjylland.
An important point will be the absence of two main defenders for Razgrad.
And the absence of Dambrauskas from the bench, although with modern technology, would not be good.
Victory for the hosts is then my choice for prediction. As well as at least two goals in this match.
Top facts and statistics for the match
- Midtjylland won zero 3 of their last 4 games.
- He has under 2.5 goals in 4 of Midtland's last 5 games.
- Ludogorets is in a winning streak of 4 matches.
- He has over 2.5 goals in 3 of the last 4 matches of Ludogorets.