Wednesday, August 27, 2008

FC Midtjylland prediction

Buoyed by the confidence on the victory over West Ham, I'm sure most fans would be anticipating a succesful path into the next round but perhaps it is worth bearing in mind that a degree of over confidence was responsible in part for our downfall in the first leg.

Our opponents are clearly not the side that they were first perceived to be when the draw was made, but it is a game we should go on and win - especially with a couple of league games in between to fine tune team chemistry.

We have to be careful of not falling between two stools though in being too gung-ho in trying to overcome the goal deficit, yet not being too cautious in trying to not fall further behind, but a positive approach (as seen on Sunday against West Ham) is definitely the best policy.

With Elano pushed further forward just behind the lone striker, I feel this provides a far more creative formation and reports suggest Jo could come straight back into the team which will could be a bonus. Despite his concussion, the club website suggests Micah Richards could be fit, and if so, it could make for an interesting decision with Richard Dunne being available once again.

I do think we will go through tomorrow, but the ghosts of Groclin past still lurk ominously and it would be a real shame to end our UEFA Cup campaign at this premature stage. It may be a tricky game, but I tip us to go through - although it may take extra-time or away goals to do so.

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