Chelsea vs Malmo
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea managed to forget domestic failures at least for a while when they saw off Malmo 1-2 on the road in the first leg of the last 32 Europa League round tie.
Maurizio Sarri’s troops now only need to finish the job in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge. We would not be surprised to see the Italian manager mixing up his ranks here with the League Cup final against Manchester City upcoming on Sunday.
Since the Blues are out of FA Cup, League Cup might be their only chance for a trophy apart from Europa League.
Chelsea won’t come into this match in the highest of spirits following another disappointing defeat on Monday. They fell 0-2 at home to Manchester United to finish their FA Cup campaign in the last 16 round.
Chelsea vs Malmo: Head-to-head
The match played seven days ago at Swedbank Stadion was the first ever head to head encounter between these two likes.
Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud scored goals in a 1-2 win for the Blues on the occasion.
Chelsea vs Malmo: Prediction
Malmo showed a decent form in the group phase of the competition. They went unbeaten in last five matches and advanced together with Genk from Group I (ahead of Besiktas and Sarpsborg).
However, they did not play a competitive match before mid-December which was obviously an issue against such strong opposition.
The difference in quality between these two likes is massive and Chelsea should have no troubles easing their way towards another victory over the Swedish opposition here regardless of their poor shape in recent weeks.
Maurizio Sarri’s men could take advantage of such fixture to boost up the confidence ahead of a super important League Cup final.
We will back Chelsea to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end as the main betting option at the odds of 1.66.
Chelsea vs Malmo: Bet Tips
HT/FT Chelsea/Chelsea @ 1.66 (4/6)
Chelsea to keep a clean sheet @ 1.72 (8/11).