Things aren’t looking good for Celtic, who travels to Denmark to meet with Midtjylland in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. The result from the first match is 1-1, but it seems that the Hoops weren’t at the needed level back then. Instead of using the momentum following the guests’ red card, they allowed a goal and wasted a valuable lead before the rematch. Some sources from within the team stated that the players were very demoralized after those 90 minutes. On the other side, the Danes expect the rematch in high spirit, boosted by the solid performance in the domestic championship this weekend.
Midtjylland (+150) beat Aalborg on the road on Sunday, 0-1, in a superb bounce-back following a defeat at home to Odense, 1-2, in the opening game of the Danish Superleague. It was only a second win in the past five games for Bo Henriksen’s guys, who lost to Lech Poznan also while beating Sigma Olomouc along the way.
The match against Aalborg was the Midtjylland’s first in this campaign not to end with goals on both sides. The Wolves played six games so far, including the friendly ones, and four saw a moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 scores.
This side is very strong in all the lines and likes to play open and aggressive football. They are transitioning very fast from defense to attack and don’t mind too much about the rival, but try to dominate throughout 90 minutes.
Celtic (+180) is in awful shape right now with four straight games in which they haven’t triumphed. This negative stretch started against Bristol City, 0-0, then continued with a loss to Preston, 0-1, a draw vs. Midtjylland, and at last with a humiliating defeat against West Ham, who smashed the Hoops, 2-6.
Even though the Celts started the game with a mixed lineup, the result is still unacceptable, and it pilled up more problems and emphasized the negative atmosphere surrounding Ange Postecoglu’s side.
To be honest, just a few things worked well in the Celtics’ game, and what is the biggest concern for Postecoglu is the backline which allows big chances far too easy.
Aral Simsir won’t play for the hosts due to COVID-19 infection,
Nir Bitton is out for the Celts, serving a red-card suspension earned in the previous leg. Postecogly will have to decide who starts in front of the net, with Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas battling for the starting spot. Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele are injured.
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Liel Abada scored for Celtic’s lead in the first leg, and soon after, Bitton got the red card. Midtjylland’s Anders Dreyer was sent off in the 56th minute, yet Evander netted to level the score before the rematch.
We are sure that the hosts won’t lose this matchup. They are awaiting Wednesday’s clash in a much better mood, and overall, it seems that the Danes are a better team judging by the recent performances and that clash in Glasgow. We will be super-safe here and go with a double chance, Midtjylland or draw with the odds set at -300.
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