If the international competitions enter the hot phase in mid-February, then the Bundesliga and all other European top leagues have already started in the second half of the season. Other countries such as Russia or Ukraine are still in the winter break, which makes the assessment of games with clubs of these nations particularly difficult. It gets even trickier when clubs are not even in the winter break, but in the season preparation. One of the few clubs to which this applies is Malmö FF from Sweden. In Scandinavia, the seasons take place parallel to the calendar year, which is why the team has not played since the beginning of November outside the Europa League no competitive game. Whether this is to be interpreted as an advantage, since the load is very low and the players can concentrate fully on the few games or if it is a disadvantage due to lack of match practice, it can be argued about.
Europa League Prediction Chelsea vs Malmo
Nevertheless, it was clear that between Chelsea vs Malmö the odds for a tip on getting ahead are clearly distributed. Of all 16 pairings in the second round of the Europa League, this duel is perhaps the most unbalanced duel. 18 million market value of the underdog from the north of the continent meet an estimated squad value of 860 million euros. Worlds are between the two clubs, which is why the 2-1 success of the Blues was expected in the first leg. The starting position before the return leg at Stamford Bridge is thereby clear and anything but a loose move into the round of 16 of the English would border on a medium-sized miracle. Chelsea vs. Malmö is not easy to predict, as the difference between the two clubs is just as great.
0: 4 at AFC Bournemouth, 0: 6 at Manchester City, 0: 2 at home against Manchester United – although in between the two mandatory wins against Huddersfield and Malmö were, so the shape of Chelsea FC is currently very weak. Mauricio Sarri, the coach of the blues, is heavily criticized and there are already trailing candidates for the Italian traded. Zinedine Zidane should be at the top of the list of preferred candidates. In the second leg against Malmö Sarri will still sit on the bench with the British and under his direction, the hosts should succeed in the second round. This is the minimum goal of Chelsea. As mimicked last season by Manchester United, participation in the premier class can be made via the Europa League victory.
This option must be considered in the Blues, after all, the current sixth place in the Premier League would entitle only to participate in the Europa League. For these reasons, the favorite on Thursday at home and with the 2: 1 from the first leg in the back will leave nothing burning and very concentrated manage the lead. In particular, it is important to work defensively against the ball. If Chelsea do not concede two goals against Malmö, a tip to the knockout round of the blues is already successful. Even a close 0: 1 defeat would be sufficient due to the away goals rule. Personnel could Mauricio Sarri build on a similar formation as in Sweden. In the 4-3-3 system, a better B-Eleven would be set again. Eden Hazard or N`Golo Kante got a break. The actors from the second row did their job very well and could get another chance in the starting lineup.
Expected formation of Chelsea:
Dahlin – Safari, Bengtsson, Nielsen, Vindheim – Traustason, Christiansen, Bachirou, Rieks – Rosenberg, Antonsson
Last matches of Chelsea:
- 18.02.2019 – Chelsea Vs. Manchester United 0-2 (FA Cup)
- 14.02.2019 – Malmo FF vs. Chelsea 1: 2 (Europa League)
- 10.02.2019 – Manchester City vs. Chelsea 6: 0 (Premier League)
- 02.02.2019 – Chelsea Vs. Huddersfield Town 5: 0 (Premier League)
- 30.01.2019 – Bournemouth Vs. Chelsea 4: 0 (Premier League)
Malmö FF is the record champion in Sweden with 20 league titles. Since the summer of 2018, the club is being looked after by the German Uwe Rösler, who played for a while in England as a striker in his active career. Under him, Malmö has lost just one of 18 league games in the past season – 13 games were won under his leadership. Also in the Europa League, the German coach led the club in the knockout stage. Behind KRC Genk the second place in the group was taken. The Northern Europeans left behind a prominent name such as Besiktas Istanbul behind them. Against the black eagles Malmö could enter a triplet in the first and second leg. The sky blue are particularly successful at home and with ten wins in 15 home games they were hard to beat in the preseason in front of a home crowd. Accordingly, there was great anticipation of the game of the year against Chelsea FC a week ago. Despite a decent performance, they lost 2-1 on the scoreboard at the end of the day, tipping the chances of a knockout round to zero.
Of the twelve goal scans of the Swedes only Anders Christiansen found his way into the goal in the 90th minute. The biggest hope in the attack, Markus Rosenberg, remain unsuccessful. Rosenberg has gained experience in the Champions League in his time in the Bundesliga at Werder Bremen and is still one of the stars of the Swedish club at the age of 36. In the second leg, he will certainly start again from the beginning, after he came at the weekend at the start of the season in Svenska Cupen only from the bank into play. With a 3-2 draw against Degerfors IF, Malmö scored for the second clash with London’s top club. Personally, big changes in the starting lineup are not to be expected. Although Rösler will not choose a harakiri tactic, it does not help to put in only the back. If the guests still believe in their mini-chance of the knockout stages, they must act courageously and offensively. The Underdog at Chelsea has nothing to lose and Malmö could cause a huge sensation contrary to the odds.
Expected formation of Malmö:
Arrizabalaga – Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson – Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley – Millian, Pedro, Giroud
Last matches of Malmo:
- 17.02.2019 – Malmö FF vs. Degerfors IF 3: 2 (Cup)
- 14.02.2019 – Malmo FF vs. Chelsea 1: 2 (Europa League)
- 08.02.2019 – Malmö FF vs. Dynamo Kiev 0: 0 (Friendlies)
- 03.02.2019 – FC Krasnodar vs. FC Krasnodar. Malmö FF 2: 0 (Friendlies)
- 25.01.2019 – Lyngby Vs. Malmö FF 1: 5 (Friendlies)
Chelsea vs. Malmö Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
The first leg a week ago was the big premiere in the pairing Chelsea vs Malmö, which is why a prediction for the upcoming game can be made only because of this encounter. As mentioned earlier Anders Christiansen has the result in the 1: 2 in the 80th minute from the perspective of the Swedes a little polished up. Since previously Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud have stopped for the favorites and the victory for the guests after 90 minutes had hold, the hit did not change the very good starting position of the Blues. The already in Sweden great optical superiority and game control will be even bigger at home at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Malmo Betting Prediction Explained
Anything but a win by Chelsea vs Malmö would be a big surprise for a prediction; a tip on the added attractive odds on the part of the guests despite sympathy for the underdog makes no sense. The British were already in the first leg of the much better team, although they went away, are in a bad phase and some regulars spare. At home, the criticized coach Mauricio Sarri will take no chances and ensure his team without problems the move into the second round. Chelsea can only beat itself and Malmö – this prediction is daring – will have no means despite fighting and commitment to seriously shake the blues.
Key Facts – Chelsea vs Malmo tips
The Blues have all the trumps in the hand after the 2: 1 in the first leg
With regard to the weekend (cup final against City), the blues will try to save as many powers as possible
The constellation is: one does not have to, the other can not – a classic under-game
At least two goals would have to succeed the guests to decide the overall comparison for themselves. For this reason, the home side will primarily be careful to do their homework behind. Chelsea do not have to blow any fireworks forward, and as the weekend’s final in the League Cup against Manchester City takes place, the blues will try to spare as much energy as possible. A sovereign, but unspectacular 1-0 or 2-0 victory of the home team is not unlikely. This would make everyone on the island happy and the tip on under 2.5 goals successful. Between Chelsea and Malmö this tip is certainly not unrealistic and four units are definitely a sensible investment at the given odds.
Prediction Today: Under 2.5 goals