FC Midtjylland host Apollon Limassol in Denmark on Thursday for their Europa League play-off round second leg tie and the home side can turn around a 3-2 deficit.
Alexander Sorloth twice levelled last week’s game in Larnaca after the hosts had gone in front, with Apollon needing a stoppage time winner to give them their advantage to take to Scandinavia.
Anyone that saw Aberdeen struggling in the searing Cypriot humidity in the previous round will likely feel that Midtjylland have put themselves in a decent position for the second leg with that 3-2 reverse.
The Danes have proved decent opposition at the group stage of this competition in recent times and can oblige on home soil (5/6 Midtjylland to win) to book their slot in the next stage.
Jess Thorup’s men are in the midst of their domestic campaign and have scored two or more goals in each of their previous seven European games. If they get in front early here, Apollon are going to have to come out and play, which will work in the home side’s favour.
Last year’s Europa League finalists Ajax are in danger of making a costly early exit from European football after they slipped to a 1-0 loss on home soil against Rosenborg. The Dutch outfit now travel to Trondheim needing to turn things around.
The Norwegians have shown decent form so far in their qualifiers, and could easily have taken home a victory from their Champions League clash against Celtic in Glasgow.
With Ajax under pressure, the home side will be eager to keep things very tight, something they managed quite well in their game with Celtic. Ajax will try hard, but may come up short and the draw (13/5) appeals for this one.
Everton are in a good position ahead of their trip to Croatia, leading Hajduk Split 2-0 from a sometimes controversial first leg at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have not conceded a goal in three Europa League qualifiers so far. They are likely to be very compact in attempting to close out this tie given it is only three days since they faced a tough test away at Manchester City, and another clean sheet (17/10) could be coming for Ronald Koeman’s side.
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