Malmo vs Chelsea
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Swedbank Stadion (Malmo).
Chelsea will be hoping to recover from a devastating 6-0 defeat to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday afternoon at Etihad Stadium.
The atmosphere in the dressing room can hardly be at the lower level following such tough loss which saw the Blues fall down to 6th place in the league ladder.
Can Maurizio Sarri find the way to motivate his lads to bring their best to Thursday’s first leg of the R32 Europa League tie against Malmo?
The Blues returned to Europa League for the first time since winning the competition back in 2012/13. They did not have any troubles steaming their way to the top of Group L with five wins and one draw in six matches.
Chelsea shipped only three goals in the process. They are obviously massive favourites to advance past Malmo here, but who could back their win away at Swedbank Stadion at the odds of 1.30?
Sarri’s men were dreadful travellers in recent months. They lost four on the spin away from Stamford Bridge across competitions without scoring a single goal along the way.
Malmo vs Chelsea: Head-to-head
This will be the first head to head meeting between the two teams.
Malmo vs Chelsea: Prediction
The hosts clearly lack competitive matches coming into this highly important fixture. The Allsvenskan season will not begin before April meaning Malmo’s previous competitive game dates back to mid-December last year when they saw off Besiktas 0-1 on the road to secure the knockout phase of Europa League.
It was only the second win of the campaign for Malmo who claimed no more than six points in five matches beforehand. They finished the previous domestic season in third place and can hardly be compared to the likes of Chelsea here.
The momentum is definitely against the visitors who are still heavy favourites. We don’t expect to see a beauty here and we will go with the Under 3.5 goals FT as the main betting option at the odds of 1.50.
Malmo vs Chelsea: Bet Tips
Under 3.5 goals FT @ 1.50 (1/2)
Under 1.5 goals in the first half @ 1.53 (8/15).