Malmo vs Ballymena United
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 11 July 2019
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Swedbank Stadion (Malmö).
Malmo resides proudly at the top of the Allsvenskan league table and has lost just a single game so far in this campaign. They have easily been the best in the business in Sweden this year, with them registering the most number of wins, the most goals, the least conceded goals, and the least number of losses.
They are on multiple unbeaten streaks overall, and especially in front of their home crowd. With them having the confidence of enjoying the pole position in the Swedish top division, and the home advantage for this fixture, coupled with the huge step-down in quality of the opposition, the match is for them to stroll to an easy victory.
How huge a step-down is the opposition? Well, Ballymena is a semi-professional club from Northern Ireland. And they are on the road against the best in a nation that made an impressive run in the recently-concluded World Cup.
The visitors do have some admirable stats in their kitty, but against serious opposition in the continent, that might count to nothing.
Malmo vs Ballymena United Head-to-head (h2h)
- This is the first competitive tie between these two clubs.
Malmo vs Ballymena United Prediction
The last Malmo lost a competitive game was back in April. Since then they have gone on a 15-match unbeaten run, with a five-match winning streak in the midst. They have also scored two or more goals in nine of their last sixteen fixtures.
At home, their record is even more impressive. Since September of last year, the team has lost just once in front of their home crowd. And that loss came in the Europa League, against eventual winners Chelsea.
As such, they have been unbeaten in 23 of their last 24 home ties, and had separate 13-tie and 10-game unbeaten streaks, along with a seven-fixture winning run.
On the other hand, Ballymena, despite their dominance at home in domestic competitions, has suffered recently on the road. They were winless in four of their last five away ties and lost two of them as well. They also failed to score in three of their last five away ties and employs not much hope in this largely lopsided game.
The Swedish team should take the victory without breaking much sweat.
Malmo vs Ballymena United Betting Tips
Malmo to Win Both Halves.
European Handicap: -2 for Malmo @ 1.60 (3/5).