Liverpool vs FC Midtjylland: Champions League preview

Liverpool host Danish champions FC Midtjylland in their second Champions League fixture of the season on Tuesday night.

The Reds – likely to be without Virgil van Dijk for the remainder of the season – began Group D on a winning note in Amsterdam last week after Nicolas Tagliafico’s own goal handed them a narrow 1-0 victory over Ajax.

Liverpool also got back to winning ways in the top-flight against Sheffield United and will be expected to dish out further heavy punishment to Midtjylland, who were thrashed 4-0 on their Champions League debut by Atalanta but did subsequently secure a morale-boosting win over domestic rivals Brondby.

Date, time and venue

Liverpool vs Midtjylland is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

The match will be behind closed doors at Anfield with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

Heavy favourites: Jurgen Klopp will be expected to guide Liverpool to a second successive Champions League win (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

How to watch

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting from 7:15pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

Team news

Van Dijk is not expected back this season after undergoing a knee operation following that wild challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the recent Merseyside derby.

In the Dutchman’s absence, Fabinho and Joe Gomez lined up as the centre-back pairing against both Ajax and Sheffield United, with first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker also featuring against the Blades after a shoulder problem.

Will Thiago Alcantara be fit enough to play some part against the Danish champions at Anfield on Tuesday? (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara could both be in contention after injury along with Naby Keita, though Kostas Tsimikas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain absentees.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Midtjylland

Jurgen Klopp‘s side should have no problems in comfortably dispatching the Champions League debutants on home soil, with Atalanta providing the blueprint. Comfortable Liverpool win.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

The two sides have never met before in any official Uefa competition.

Betting odds and tips

  • Liverpool to win: 2/15
  • Midtjylland to win: 26/1
  • Draw: 10/1
  • Over 2.5 goals: 2/7

Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange. Click here to find out more.

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