Malmo vs CFR Cluj
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 1st August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:15 UK / 19:15 CET
Venue: Swedbank Stadion (Malmö).
- Malmo take a well-deserved 1-0 lead from the away leg in Romania and are favorites to advance to the next round.
- The Swedish club are solid at home and are looking to emulate the feat of 2015/16 season when they defeated Salzburg and Celtic to earn a place in the group stage of the elite competition.
- Cluj made a poor start to their domestic season after stalemates in back-to-back games and face a tough challenge in Sweden.
- The Romanians had a good domestic season last year, but doesn’t look anywhere near the team capable of repeating it this time.
Malmo vs Cluj Predictions and Betting Tips
FT – Malmo to win at 2.00
Malmo to score minimum 2 goals/ Over 1.5 team goals for home team at 3.00 odd.
Malmo vs Cluj Head-to-head
Malmo and Cluj haven’t met in a competitive fixture prior to their meeting at Romania last midweek.
Malmo vs CFR Preview
CFR Cluj returns to Champions League after a five year hiatus and they kick start the proceedings with a tricky fixture against Malmo.
The Romanians had direct qualification to group stage three times between 2008 and 2012. This is only their second via qualifiers.
Last time, back in 2012/13, they defeated Czech side Liberec and Switzerland’s Basel to make it to the group stage.
The Romanian League has just started and Cluj have just 2 games under their belt. They won the Super Cup beating Craiova 1-0 before a 1-1 stalemate on opening week of the Liga 1.
Malmo, the defending Swedish Champions have already tasted Champions League football this season. They defeated Kosovar outfit Drita by a solid 5-0 aggregate score line to arrive at the second round.
The Blues had made consecutive Champions League group stage appearances in 2014/15 and 2015/16. However, they suffered a surprise exit from the qualifiers last season with a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Macedonian side Vardar Skopje.
Malmo have a better fit squad as they are midway through the Swedish Allsvenskan season. But Uwe Rosler’s side are one of the worst travelers in Europe. The Swedes lost 11 of their last 14 away games in the competition.
While it is true that Cluj failed to impress in each of their previous appearances at the competition, they are coming with a good account of themselves this term. The Railwaymen are unbeaten at home in the calendar year 2018 and are very capable of playing some tight football.