Malmo vs Midtjylland
2018/19 Europa League Play-off (1st Leg)
Date: Thursday, 23rd August 2018
Kick-off at 18:15 UK/ 19:15 CET
Venue: Swedbank Stadion (Malmo).
Malmo and Midtjylland lock horns in the Scandinavian derby of this season’s Europa League play-off.
The Swedish giants Malmo made their last group stage appearance in the Champions League back in 2015/16. This is only their second appearance in a qualifier since.
Malmo started their campaign in the first round of Champions League qualifier and knocked out an away goal rule to Hungarian club Videoton.
The Swedes defeated Drita from Kosovo and Romanian club CFR Cluj and despite remaining unbeaten they ended up drawing three games.
Midtjylland rose to prominence in Europe when they defeated Manchester United in the home leg of the 2015/16 Europa League round of 36 tie.
The defending Danish champions failed to make it to the group stage since, perishing in the qualifying play-offs on consecutive seasons.
Midtjylland also started their campaign in the Champions League, however they lost the first tie itself, to FC Astana 1-2.
Since, they bagged a comfortable 5-1 win against Welsh side TNS to garner some momentum.
Malmo vs Midtjylland Head-to-head
The teams haven’t met in a competitive match as of yet.
We can find records of two friendly games played in 2016 and 2018, the latest won 2-1 by Midtjylland and the other one ending 1-1.
Malmo vs Midtjylland Prediction
Anything than an entertaining contest is least expected when these two Scandinavian heavyweights go head-to-head in Europe this Thursday.
Both teams come with ample firepower upfront and are often known for blowing away their opponents. Thus, our first bet has to be 3 or more goals to happen at Swedbank Stadion.
Malmo do have the home advantage and they are unbeaten here in the three Champions League games this season.
However, it is risky to back a home win here, since Midtjylland have scored in every Champions League and Europa League away game since last season (15 goals in 6 games).
Malmo vs Midtjylland Betting Tips
BTTS & Over 2.5 goals @ 6/4 (2.50).
A goal in the first half – Over 0.5 goals @ 4/9 (1.44).