Liverpool host Denmark’s Midtjylland on matchday 2 of the Champions League at Anfield. The Reds head into the fixture following a hard-fought 1-0 win against Ajax on matchday 1 against Ajax. Liverpool benefitted from a freak own goal allowing them to get all three points and a clean sheet.
Midtjylland lost to Italy’s Atalanta 4-0 at home, conceding three times in the first half. The Wolves are a long-shot to win the group and are expected to finish at the bottom of the four teams. Atalanta and Liverpool are believed to finish as Group D’s top two sides. With the Italians, who reached the Champions League quarterfinals last season, playing Ajax on matchday 2, Liverpool could move to the top of the table if the Serie A side drop points.
Liverpool are coming off of a 2-1 come from behind win on Saturday versus Sheffield United. After a controversial penalty was given to Sheffield United, Liverpool came back to win thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota. Although Liverpool have been without Virgil van Dijk due to a season-ending knee injury, their defence has been good over the last 180 minutes of football with Fabinho and Joe Gomez being paired together.
This is the first time these clubs have met in the Champions League. Can Liverpool get another win in Group D or will Midtjylland get a shock victory at Anfield?
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Liverpool have lost just once in nine games in all competitions this season. That loss was their shock defeat at the hands of Aston Villa away from home. The Reds have scored 23 goals in nine games for an average of 2.56 per game. The defence has been suspect conceding 16 times (seven of those goals came against Aston Villa). They allow an average of 1.78 goals her 90 minutes.
Since Fabinho and Gomez were paired in defence, they have allowed just 1.0 goal in 180 minutes of football (0.50 per game). Gomez looks far more assured playing next to Fabinho than Van Dijk. Perhaps Liverpool’s defence won’t be as badly affected as pundits believed.
Midtjylland have a record of 7W-2-D-2L this season. Their most recent loss came at the hands of Atalanta on matchday 1 in the Champions League. In spite of being the Danish Super Liga champions, Midtjylland are likely to struggle against Liverpool away. Midtjylland average 1.64 goals scored per game in all competitions while conceding 1.09 per match. The defence has been good, but, of course, they haven’t played a team as strong in attack as Liverpool.
Klopp’s team are heavy favours to win the game on Tuesday night. The Reds are 1/7 to claim victory. Heading into matchday 2, Liverpool are 1/2 to top Group D. Midtjylland are 200/1 to top the group. Atalanta are second-favourites to top the group at odds of 21/10.
Liverpool vs. Midtjylland Team News
The big injury issue heading into the game for Klopp is the absence of Van Dijk. The team have adapted well to Van Dijk’s absence and has played well all things considered. Klopp deployed Liverpool in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Sheffield United at the weekend. Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum played as the midfield two and protected the centre of defence. Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Salah, and Jota were deployed as four forwards.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ruled out of the game along with Van Dijk. Kostas Tsimikas is nearing full fitness following a thigh strain. Thiago Alcantara could return to the team after suffering a knee injury versus Everton. Joel Matips is in line to return to the team after a knock against Everton. All three would give Klopp the chance to rotate his side ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game versus West Ham. Naby Keita is back in training and could start ahead of Wijnaldum.
Midtjylland manager Brian Priske has two players on his injury list heading into the game. Jesper Hansen is recovering from a groin strain. Hansen isn’t expected back until November. Junior Brumado could return to the team for the game on Tuesday night.
The Wolves’ leading scorer is Anders Dreyer. He has five goals in all competitions. Pione Sisto has scored three times in all competitions. Both Dreyer and Sisto will be threats to Liverpool’s defence.
Liverpool vs Midtjylland Prediction
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Mohamed Salah goes into Tuesday night’s game in good form. He hasn’t scored in any of his last two games, but will fancy his chances of scoring versus Midtjylland. Salah has six goals in six league games. He averages a goal in the league every 90.0 minutes. Salah has a Premier League expected goals figure of 4.24 and an actual goal total of 6.0. Salah averages 4.83 shots per 90 minutes and 0.71 expected goals per 90 minutes.
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Liverpool could overrun Midtjylland on Tuesday night with ease. The Reds were good versus Sheffield United at the weekend and gave up a goal simply due to a poorly awarded penalty. Midtjylland are a good team in Denmark on the domestic stage. Against the top sides in the group, the Wolves should struggle defensively, especially if Klopp uses four forwards once more.
Liverpool to win to nil - BET NOW
Liverpool defeated Ajax to nil on matchday 1. Although they created little in the final third, the team’s defence played well. Fabinho’s second-half clearance off the line kept the Reds in the lead. Making Liverpool’s defence even stronger on Tuesday night is Alisson Becker. The Brazilian goalkeeper returned to the team at the weekend and came up with some big saves. His steady hand will give Liverpool’s defence even more confidence.
Midtjylland lost to nil on matchday 1 of the Champions League. They lost 4-0 to Atalanta. It was the second time this season that Midtjylland lost to nil. Liverpool have kept three clean sheets this term with two of those games ending in wins to nil.
Can Liverpool top Midtjylland and go to the top of Group D? Atalanta will have a difficult game against Ajax. Meanwhile, the Reds should roll past Midtjylland with a victory at home.
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Liverpool vs Midtjylland Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will host Liverpool vs Midtjylland in the Champions League?
Anfield will be the host venue for Tuesday's Liverpool vs Midtjylland match in the Champions League.A
What are the odds on Liverpool winning vs Midtjylland on Tuesday in the Champions League?
Liverpool are priced at odds of 1/7 to win against Midtjylland in Tuesday's Champions League match at Anfield.A
What are the odds on Midtjylland winning vs Liverpool on Tuesday in the Champions League?
Midtjylland are priced up at odds of 25/1 to beat Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday in the Champions League.A
What time is kick-off for Liverpool vs Midtjylland?
Liverpool vs Midtjylland in the Champions League will kick-off at 20:00 on Tuesday 27 October.A