Astana vs Midtjylland
Champions league qualifications, Round 2, 1st leg
Astana didn't impress too much last time when they have eliminated Sutjeska from Montenegro but I have impression they have played good as much as they needed to safely qualify for the next stage (1:0 at home and 2:0 in second road leg). Now against more serious opponent, IMO we will see way better Astana.
The host should be the team on higher level out of these too. Forget the fact they are from Kazakhstan cause Astana is way above quality of the league down there. Plus to be honest, football in Kazakhstan is not too bad at all, it's better year after year with much money being invested. So we are talking now already about one decent football, at least on the club level while national team is not there yet.
In such decent league Astana dominates big time with 4 straight championship titles while their quality this team has confirmed also with multiple participating in the group stage of the UEFA competitions. Two seasons ago they were the last time in the Champions league group stage.
Midtjyllant IMO is not on such level. Plus, the season in Denmark just started and not too successful for visiting team while Astana is again the best in Kazakhstan where season is already somewhere half way through.
We should also mentioned fact that this is too big trip for Danish team. They needed to go 5000 km away from home, quite different time zone (4 hours difference).
The bottom line, IMO this is going to be very tough game for Midtjyllant. It's a visit where much better teams than they are, have had problems in the recent past. Lets just mention that Polish Legia was defeated here with 2 goals difference.
Astana vs Midtjylland prediction
|Astana -0.5||Pinnacle||1.95||8||2-1 WON (+7.6 units)|