Our prediction for this Champions League match:
PSV and Midtjylland go head to head at Philips Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Tuesday’s program. The Dutch outfit rolled over Galatasaray in the second qualifying round, and they are seen as favourites to beat Midtjylland at home as well. Since new Borussia Dortmund signing Donyell Malen was not sorely missed in the double-header against Galatasaray, home win should definitely be considered. Defender Olivier Boscagli is banned for the hosts.
The Danes, on the other hand, did well to eliminated Scottish vice-champions Celtic after extra-time. Midtjylland are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they will have a mountain to climb in the Philips Stadion showdown. Given PSV’s displays in the second qualifying round, home win should definitely be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be Pione Sisto, who played for Celta Vigo in the past.
Highlighted Player (Mario Gotze):
Mario Gotze is a German midfielder, who played for Ronsberg and Eintrach Hombruch during his youth career before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2001. He made a great progress during his spell at the Borussia Dortmund’s youth academy and on 21 November, 2009 he made his Bundesliga debut for the Millionaires.
Gotze scored 22 goals in 83 league appearances for the club between 2009 and 2013 and he joined Borussia Dortmund’s bitterest rivals Bayern Munich on April, 2013. The German midfielder, who is capable of playing as a striker as well, failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, but it has to be noted that he was struggling with injury at the start of the season.
Gotze won three Bundesliga trophies with Bayern Munich, but at the end of the 2015/2016 season he returned to Borussia Dortmund. In 2014 he represented Germany at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he scored the winner in the final against Argentina. Mario Gotze was born in Memmingen on 3 June, 1992.
Highlighted Team (Midtjylland):
Despite being founded on February 2, 1999, FC Midtjylland is considered one of the best Danish clubs. The Wolves have quickly established themselves as one of the dominant forces in Superliga, with the team clinching their first league title in the 2014/15 season.
Three seasons later Midtjylland repeated the success, with the team finishing the process four points clear of second-place Brondby. In the 2019/20 season the Wolves won their third domestic trophy, leaving Danish giants Copenhagen in the second place. Midtjylland welcome their rivals at MCH Arena, the venue which can hold up to 11,432 people.
In the 2020/21 season the Wolves did well to book their place in the Champions League group stages, with the team being grouped with the likes of Liverpool, Ajax, and Atalanta. Midtjylland are well known for their excellent scouting system, with a number of young and talented players from Africa joining the club year by year.