Preview: FC Midtjylland vs. PSV Eindhoven

Preview: FC Midtjylland vs. PSV Eindhoven

PSV Eindhoven are in a commanding position in their Champions League third qualifying round contest with FC Midtjylland courtesy of a 3-0 victory in the first leg of the clash last week.

The Dutch giants will now be looking to finish the job and book their spot in the playoff round of the 2021-22 competition when they travel to MCH Arena on Tuesday night.

Midtjylland impressively eliminated Celtic in the second qualifying round of this season’s competition courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate success, but they face a huge task to turn this contest around against PSV.

The Wolves played in last season’s Champions League, finishing fourth in Group D, picking up just two points from their six matches against Liverpool, Ajax and Atalanta BC.

However, it is difficult to imagine them being present in the group stages of the 2021-22 European Cup, as PSV looked far too strong in the first leg in Eindhoven, scoring three times in the first half of the contest through Noni Madueke, Mario Gotze and Cody Gakpo.

Bo Henriksen’s side will enter this match off the back of an impressive result, though, having recorded a 4-1 victory over Vejle in the Danish Superliga on Friday.

A total of nine points from four matches has left Midtjylland at the top of their domestic table, and they will be desperate to reclaim the title, having finished second behind Brondby last term.

PSV, meanwhile, have not yet begun their league season, meaning that they have been able to fully concentrate on the Champions League over the last few weeks, and it has shown in their performances.

The Dutch giants were excellent in the second qualifying round, recording a 7-2 aggregate victory over Galatasaray, while they put in another strong performance against Midtjylland last week.

PSV will also enter this match off the back of a 4-0 win over Ajax in the Dutch Super Cup on Saturday, with Madueke scoring twice in a brilliant performance in Amsterdam.

The Red and Whites last competed in the group stage of the Champions League in 2018-19, when they finished bottom of Group B, having picked up just two points from their clashes with Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan, but they appear to be a more well-rounded side at this moment in time.

It would be a huge shock if PSV did not make the playoff round from this position, but head coach Roger Schmidt will be ensuring that his players are not complacent ahead of the trip to Denmark.

FC Midtjylland Champions League form:
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FC Midtjylland form (all competitions):
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PSV Eindhoven Champions League form:
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PSV Eindhoven form (all competitions):
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