Despite playing extremely well in the domestic tournament, Midtjylland played extremely badly in the Champions League. In the final round of the group stage, representatives from Denmark will return home to host premier league top seed Liverpool. Given the current disparity in power, can Midtjylland get himself the honourable win in this year’s Champions League?
In their last five appearances, the defending champions of Denmark have won two, two draws and suffered only one defeat. This was considered a return for Midtjylland as they had suffered a string of previous setbacks. In the last five league appearances alone, coach Brian Priske’s army has collected 10 of 15 points thanks to three wins and one draw.
Having played 11 legs in the Danish League, the hosts of MCH Arena currently lead the standings with 23 points, the gap between them and the second-placed team is 2 points but played more than 1 match. In the last 11 round, Midtjylland made a visit to the home of Vejle, who are currently ranked 8th in the standings. There were no surprises when the away team easily won 2-0.
After a incredible defeat by Atalanta in the Champions League fourth round, Liverpool are slowly regaining their inherent form as they have enjoyed positive results in recent appearances. In the last five matches in all competitions, the defending Premier League champions have won three, one draw and suffered one defeat, achieving a 60% win rate.
In the Premier League, manager Jurgen Klopp’s record in the last five legs has been three wins, two draws and no losses. After 11 rounds, the Anfield hosts are currently in second place in the standings with 24 points, equal to the top of the table, Tottenham. In their most recent appearance, Liverpool easily destroyed Wolves 4–0 against their home opponents in the round 11th Premier League.
Midtjylland (4-3-3): Hansen – Cools, Sviatchenko, Scholz, Paulinho – Anderson, Evander, Onyeka – Dreyer, Kaba, Mabil.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Adrian – Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson – Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones – Salah, Firmino, Mane.