Malmo FF vs Norrkoping
Sweden – Allsvenskan
Date: Saturday, 28 July 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Swedbank Stadion, Malmo.
Swedbank Stadion will play host to the derby of the Matchday on Saturday afternoon when the defending champions Malmo FF take on Norrkoping. The hosts struggled badly in the first half of the season which saw them slip up too many times as the managerial change came as no surprise this summer.
German manager Uwe Rosler took charge during the summer break and he looks to have managed to re-instil the winning mentality into Malmo players. The Sky Blues won five and drew one of last six games in all competitions, a streak which saw them keep ground on top teams in the league. They are now 11 points short of table-toppers AIK, but only five behind the fourth-placed Djurgarden. A win here would help them close the gap to the third-placed Norrkoping down to five as well.
Malmo FF vs Norrkoping: Head-to-head
Malmo have a positive head to head record against Norrkoping.
The Sky Blues won 17, drew 8 and lost 8 of 33 meetings with Beijing.
Malmo won four of past five clashes with Norrkoping.
Both teams were on the scoresheet in all of last four H2H games.
Malmo FF vs Norrkoping: Prediction
The visitors, who have been much more consistent than Malmo throughout the season, will also head into this in high spirits. They clinched back-to-back narrow wins over Hacken and Elfsborg, but maintaining such streak will be a huge challenge given they are up against the strongest team in the country.
Norrkoping could, however, take advantage of Malmo’s tough schedule as the Sky Blues had a tough trip to Romania to make in mid-week. It was a very successful journey for Rosler’s men who saw off Romanian champions Cluj 0-1 on the road in the first leg of their Champions League tie. It will be interesting to see if the German manager will give limited minutes to some of his key players in order to rest them for the return fixture with Cluj next week.
Malmo are generally very tough to break down under Rosler and we’d not be surprised to see them keep a clean sheet here given that a tight affair between two in-form sides is expected. We’ll thus shoot for the Under 2.5 goals Ft as well as the hosts to keep their net untouched as main betting options here.
Malmo FF vs Norrkoping: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.20
Malmo FF to keep a clean sheet @ 2.62.