Danish Champions FC Midtjylland have emerged as unlikely trailblazers when it comes to football analytics.
And when they clash with an equally tech-savvy Liverpool in the “Data Derby”, the stats men may outnumber the coaches at Anfield!
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Presumably, the analysis of FC Midtjylland’s first Champions League group game focussed on how easily Atalanta tore through them, on their way to a 4-0 victory.
You don’t need a computer to calculate the step up in class from the Danish top flight to the Champions League, and it doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Anfield next up.
Liverpool put a difficult week behind them with victories over Ajax and Sheffield United, and look set to inflict more Dane pain.
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After conceding three first-half goals against Atalanta, Midtjylland will be instructed to keep things tight for as long as possible at Anfield.
However, that could well take its toll against a formidable Liverpool side, who could fill their boots against a tiring opposition after the break.
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Liverpool should win comfortably, but keeping a clean sheet is by no means a formality for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The shock goal they conceded against Sheffield United will not have gone unnoticed by the Midtjylland computer boffins.
And striker Anders Dreyer is best-placed to take advantage of any Liverpool lapses, after netting five times this season, including two in their Champions League qualifying games.