Videoton vs Midtjylland by Meese
Videoton started their Europa League campaign from the first round and even though their progresses weren't something special looking at results, actually were close ones, they were significantly better than their previous two opponents. Hungarian side had to face up against Zaria Balti from Moldova in the first round and even though they secured easy 3:0 victory in front of own fans, the team suffered 2:0 defeat on the road and got their qualification into danger.
The team was 2:0 down already after thirty minutes of play, but looked better in repetition and it's just a wonder how the final score ended as a 2:0 victory for a bit inferior side. On the other hand, they had a solid 2:0 lead after the first leg at home in second qualifying round when the team welcomed Serbian side Cukaricki, with the visiting team not being specially threatening even though they played with a man more in last twelve minutes of the match.
Finally, Videoton was once again under threat in the game away, as Cukaricki took the lead in 12th minute, but the Hungarians sealed the qualification in 76th minute thanks to a goal from Geresi for the final 1:1 result. As for the domestic league, Videoton didn't start it well, with a defeat and a draw for now, surely being influenced with European matches.
Midtjylland had a very nice ending of the previous season when the team ended it with six undefeated matches (four victories and two draws) and it seems that they continued in the same manner. Firstly, they recorded four victories during the friendly matches, but also showed decent and reliable performances in their Europa League matches so far. The team won over Suduva twice 1:0 very eary in the season and showed even better performance in the second round when they played against Vaduz, winning 3:0 at home and getting a 2:2 draw on the road.
Their progress further was nowhere jeopardized, since the Danish side had 2:0 lead after seventy minutes of play despite the fact that they played with a man less since the first halftime when defender Poulsen got red carded, while the team from Swiss Super League only managed to level up the scoreline in last seven minutes of the match thanks to two quick goals that didn't change much. As for the domestic league, Midtjylland had a 2:2 draw over Randers in season opener, but improved few days ago when they cruised over Nordsjaelland on the road and got a 4:0 victory. Defensive midfielder Tim Sparv is still injured, while coach Jess Thorup can't count at suspended Jakob Poulsen.
Knowing that they play much better at home, surely players of Videoton understand that their only chance of progressing further against a stronger opponent is excellent performance in front of own fans. They anyway tend to play offensive football, without much calculation during the game, while the Danish side anyway knows that they can't defend here and need to respond as well. I expect much more open game than what the bookies predict. Both sides look, at least for me, better in offensive part of the game than their defensive lineups are.