Celtic and FC Midtjylland left it all for the second leg after their nervy 1-1 draw in Scotland. The Scotts have plenty to regret as they dominated the game, but failed to gain advantage at home and also lost Anders Dreyer after his red card. The Hoops now face a tricky return leg in Herning on Wednesday as the Danes will be eager to defend the away goal they grabbed at Celtic Park.
Where and when: MCH Arena – 28 July, kick-off 21:45
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Last time: The first leg proved to be a nervy affair and although Celtic dominated possession and had more shots, the game ended 1-1 with Anders Dreyer getting sent off in the 56th minute.
FC Midtjylland v Celtic Predictions and Preview
Celtic travel to Denmark on Wednesday for the return leg of their Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland after drawing 1-1 in the first game.
The Hoops enjoyed 63% possession and had 16 shots, but managed only a draw at home against the Dane. Celtic took the lead in the first half thanks to Liel Abada, but conceded the equalizer from Midtjylland’s only shot on target, as Evandro scored a stunning free-kick in the 66th minute.
The away goal puts the Danes in a good position before the return leg on July 28th, so it will be interesting to see if they’ll stick to their over-conservative approach from the first leg.
Midtjylland have to be careful, as even with 10 men Celtic created them plenty of problems, so putting aside the unsatisfying result, the Scotts can take plenty of positives from the first leg.
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Both teams finished second in their leagues, as Rangers had a record-breaking season that saw them finish with 102 points – 25 more than Celtic. Midtjylland were much closer to their domestic title, as they finished just one point off Brondby.
While these two sides had never met prior to the first leg, putting it aside Celtic have faced Danish oppositions 14 times and have seven wins, three draws and four defeats. Their last clash against a team from Denmark was in February 2020 when they lost by 3-1 to FC Copenhagen at Celtic Park and were eliminated from Europa League’s Round of 16.
A FC Midtjylland win in the second leg is priced at 15/4, while a draw can be backed up at 23/10. However, despite playing away from home, Celtic remain favorites and you can place a bet for a victory for the visitors at 2/1.
Based on their display from the first leg, it’s hard to imagine the Danes taking any risks, so a low-scoring affair might be on the cards. This makes the Under 2.5 goals market very attractive and you can place a bet at 10/11.
One to watch for FC Midtjylland: Evander’s crucial equalizer in the first leg came from a stunning free-kick in the far corner. The 23-year-old Brazilian is not only a fine set-piece taker, but also has the ability to dictate the tempo in the middle of the park, so he will be key for the chances of his side.
One to watch for Celtic: Liel Abada had a dream start to his Celtic career as the 19-year-old Israeli opened the score in the first leg against FC Midtjylland. There was serious hype around Abada even before he scored on his debut, so the youngster will be extremely motivated to demonstrate his quality once again.
Long shot: FC Midtjylland are expected to defend deep and count on set-pieces and counter-attacks, but the hosts need to be careful as they tend to be too negative at times. Celtic have enough quality upfront, so you can expect them to break the defense of the Danes, which would open up the game. Considering all this placing a bet for a 2-0 Celtic victory at at 14/1 might be a good choice.