Matchday 2 of UEFA Champions League sees Liverpool play host to Danish side Midtjylland in their Group D clash at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Liverpool edged to a 1-0 win over Ajax on matchday one thanks to a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal to get their first win on the first match of the group stage since 2008. This was a masterful defensive output considering they were without their defensive linchpin Virgil van Dijk who is out possibly for the season following a gruesome ACL tear he suffered during the Merseyside derby against Everton a couple of weeks ago.
They’ve recovered well from this eventful Merseyside derby, following up this 1-0 nil with a terrific come-from-behind 2-1 Win at Anfield against Sheffield at the weekend to extend their unbeaten streak in the Premier League at home to 62 matches.
They are now joint top of the Premier League and Group D of the Champions League and with some of their key players coming back from injury, they very much look to be shaking off the early-season slumber.
The Danish club got a harsh debut in the Champions League as the high-flying Serie A outfit Atalanta put four past them without reply on matchday one. The Danes held out until the 26th minute against Atalanta but three quick-fire goals from Atalanta had them 3-0 down by half-time and although they kept it tight in the second half, they conceded one more and had nothing to offer upfront themselves.
Midtjylland almost suffered a second consecutive loss in their league match at the weekend. But like Liverpool, they too had a terrific come-from-behind win as they overcame a 2-0 deficit with half an hour, scoring three times in the last 30 minutes to pull off a 3-2 win against Brondby.
Despite that famous win over Manchester United in the 2015-16 Europa League, Midtjylland have generally struggled on their away trips in European competition, losing seven of their nine such games. Coach Brian Priske will be hoping to turn this trend around.
It is difficult to see anything other than a comfortable Liverpool win here. Midtjylland looked weak at home against Atalanta on matchday one. Playing a Liverpool team that is picking up its pieces following a less than ideal start to the season is an even more daunting task for them. Klopp may want to use this game to rotate some of his star players, but even if he were to do that, they would still have significantly more quality on the pitch than the visitors. We are going for Liverpool to win at Halftime and fulltime @ 1.47 with Bet9ja as our first betting tip.
Should Liverpool opt to rest Mane or Salah in this match, it is newcomer Diogo Jota, not Midtjylland, that might well be the biggest beneficiary. He has had a brilliant start to his Liverpool career since his £45million switch from Wolves, scoring in every Premier League game including the winner at the weekend against Sheffield. We are backing him to continue his hot streak by scoring anytime @ 1.85 with Bet9ja betting app as our final tip.
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