Midtjylland vs Malmo FF
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:15 UK / 19:15 CET
Venue: MCH Arena, Herning.
The fans at MCH Arena in Herning are in for the final 90 minutes of the Scandinavian battle as Midtjylland are to defend the positive result from the first leg of the play-offs tie with Malmo FF.
The Swedish champions got off to a flying start seven days ago at Swedbank Stadion when Marcus Rosenberg and Marcus Antonsson inspired a two-goal cushion inside the opening 22 minutes of the affair, but Gustav Wikheim and Ayo-Simon Okosun brought the Danish champions back on level terms with two late second-half goals.
Midtjylland thus have the psychological advantage coming into the reverse fixture. The confidence is even higher after a demolishing 3-0 victory over Horsens on Sunday, a success which saw Jess Thorup’s side climb up to the second place in the Superligaen standings.
The back-to-back Swedish champions are in a much more complicated position in their domestic league where they trail by 11 points behind table-toppers AIK after a poor kick off to the season.
Midtjylland vs Malmo FF: Head-to-head
The two teams met each other in a friendly in late-June when Midtjylland took a 2-1 victory.
It was the second head to head encounter between them, following the 1-1 draw from a friendly played in February 2016.
Overall, each of three head to head contests saw goals at both ends and there is no reason for this reverse fixture not to bring the same scenario given that both sides fancy attacking football style.
Midtjylland vs Malmo FF: Prediction
Malmo also boosted up their confidence with a 5-0 thumping of Sirius on Sunday. They’ll thus come into this unbeaten in 14 straight matches in all competitions, meaning it’s hard to ignore the value of the 1.80 odds offered for the Swedes not to lose the tie at MCH Arena.
Both sides have been thriving in the final third recently and everything suggests an open contest packed with goals on Thursday, meaning the Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS has to be our top betting recommendation at the odds of 2.37.
Midtjylland vs Malmo FF: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS @ 2.37
Malmo FF or Draw Double Chance @ 1.80.