Chelsea v Malmo Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 21/02/19
Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Chelsea v Malmo and provides us with his best bets for Thursday nights second-leg by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Chelsea v Malmo Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 21/02/19
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Channel: BT Sport 2
Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from their FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United by progressing to the round-of-16 of the Europa League.
Maurizio Sarri’s side ran out 2-1 winners in Sweden thanks to goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud but a late goal from Anders Christiansen gives Malmo hope for the second-leg.
With pressure mounting on Sarri, the Italian will be eager for his side to put Malmo to the sword following recent poor performances against Bournemouth, Manchester City and Manchester United where they conceded 12 goals without reply.
Malmo have only lost one of their last eight games with the single defeat coming against Chelsea and they’ll be keen to capitalise on Chelsea’s poor run of form.
The Swedish outfit were cut open to easily by Chelsea in the return leg and they will need to make sure they tighten up at the back.
Despite Chelsea’s recent poor form, they have proved how ruthless they can be at home this season with their 5-0 win against Huddersfield a few weeks back displaying this.
Sarri will likely rotate from the side which lost 2-0 to Manchester United on Monday night with Willy Caballero, Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and Olivier Giroud all likely to feature.
Gary Cahill, Marco van Ginkel, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater are all sidelined with injuries and will not feature for the hosts.
Malmo should name an unchanged side from the one which narrowly lost to Chelsea in Sweden.
Potential Chelsea Starting XI: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Palmieri dos Santos, Jorginho, Barkley, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian
Potential Malmo Starting XI: Dahlin, Rieks, Safari, Bengtsson, Nielsen, Vindheim, Christiansen, Bachirou, Traustason, Antonsson, Rosenberg
Head To Head
- Chelsea 1, Draws 0, Malmo 0
- The return leg has been the two sides only competitive fixture against each other.
Key Stats & Facts
- Chelsea’s only Europa League triumph came in 2013 where they beat Benfica 2-1 in the final.
- Malmo have only won one of their eight matches against English sides.
- Chelsea haven’t lost any of their encounters with teams from Sweden.
- Malmo have not progressed in a European tie after losing the first leg at home.
- Chelsea 1/4
- Draw 11/2
- Malmo 14/1
With pressure quickly mounting on Sarri, he will be keen to make sure his side take care of business against Malmo.
Chelsea took the lead just before the half-hour mark in the return leg and I’d expect them to score early again especially at home where they can play with more freedom.
Olivier Giroud has netted four goals in his six Europa League games this season and he will be looking to impress Sarri as he looks to make a bid for a regular spot in the Chelsea side.
Malmo have scored in seven of their eight Europa League games this season and they will take confidence from Chelsea’s defensive frailties being exploited a lot in recent weeks.