Nordsjaelland vs Brondby by Meese
Nordsjaelland did really well in the season opening game and managed to surprise Odense by taking narrow 1:2 victory last Monday evening. Difference between the teams was the fact that the visiting side simply were much more concrete in attack and generally looked more like a stable team than their opponents.
Visitors took the lead in 22nd minute via Asante and even though the hosts responded later on and deserved the equalizer in 55th minute via Jacobsen, their defensive lineup was nowhere close reliable and they conceded again, in 67th minute with a goal from Bartolec, this time without managing to reply back. Nordsjaelland didn't look that bad either in their last two friendlies, when they drew to Twente and lost narrowly against Heerenveen 3:2.
Central defender Pascal Gregor is injured, same as right back Emil Damgaard and left winger/forward Martin Frese, all three without performing in the season opener as well.
Brondby looked really well last weekend when the team won over Midtjylland 4:0 in front of own fans on last Sunday evening. They were far more superior than the visitors, limiting them to really passive role and looked like a side that might be able to get into the title race with Copenhagen, at least till some point in the season.
Players of Brondby took the lead in 20th minute via Pukki, while Kliment doubled up the result in 36th minute, as the home team looked way more dangerous during any point of the game. They also managed to seal the victory thanks to two goals in last thirty minutes or so, as Halimi and Mensah scored their goals.
During the midweek, Brondby visited Finnish side VPS and suffered 2:1 loss, however progressed to the next stage thanks to a victory in front of own fans 2:0. They will be playing against Croatian side Hajduk Split in the next round with the first game being played at their own home next Thursday. Central defender Hjortur Hermannsson remains suspended for this one.
Nordsjaelland looked well in the first round and will surely come here with improved morale and trying to get another surprise. Brondby, on the other side, remains one of the most quality sides in the league and surely remains a favorite. I expect an open game with plenty of goalscoring chances for both teams, so my first choice will be over goals since the visiting side might be a bit tired due their busy schedule with Europa League involved.