The Chelsea Football Club is doing really well these days. The criticism of the Italian coach Maurizio Sarri increases almost every hour and even the recent results do not necessarily give the impression that last year’s Napoli coach actually has a longer future on Stamford Bridge in front of him. His blues hit a dry low last Sunday when the away game at Manchester City lost 1-0. The Londoners surrendered to their own fate and were presented according to all the rules of the art. Four days later, Chelsea are now eligible for redress, although the starting position in the sixteen-leg first leg of the UEFA Europa League should be anything but liberating.
Europa League Predictions Malmo vs Chelsea
The Swedish outsider Malmö vs Chelsea is according to the odds namely as a big favorite. Anything but a confident away win in Scandinavia would be the next setback for the Blues and their controversial coach. Exactly here is also the difficulty, because as weak as the Swedish record champion is estimated by the bookmakers, he probably is not. Even the fact that the team of the German coach Uwe Rösler is currently not in the running game mode, was probably too heavily weighted in the distribution of betting odds, which is why in the first leg Malmö vs Chelsea the prediction or a tip to a positive result in favor of the underdog not completely out of thin air.
Malmö – Statistics & Current Form
For Malmö Fotboll Förening, the overwintering season in the UEFA Europa League is a huge success. Last time, the Swedish record champion was in the 1986/87 season (!) Still in the new year in the international business represented. In this respect, the light blue whites in the current season have already achieved more on the European stage than in the past 30 years. Anyone who believes, however, that the move into the knockout round at Markus Rosenberg and Co. has led to a certain saturation or satisfaction, will be mistaken on Thursday evening. MFF, as the short form of the club, looking forward to the game of the year and may have justified hopes to put the towering favorites a leg. Of the 14 European Cup games, which the team of the German coach Uwe Rösler played so far 2018/2019, went only the away game for the group phase opener in the Europa League in Genk lost. In the remaining 13 matches Malmö remained undefeated, celebrated six wins and drew in seven separate games.
The Swedes turned out to be an uncomfortable opponent, especially on home soil, as Besiktas had to do in the 2-0 defeat. Since now eight matches in front of their own fans, the youth club of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not lost on the international stage. The last loss is from the Champions League group stage 2015/2016 – then there was a 0: 5 against Paris St. Germain. The supposedly biggest problem, which is reflected in the odds on Thursday evening between Malmö and Chelsea, is therefore not due to statistical or qualitative nature, but to the current form. Because in Sweden the league season is known to be played with the calendar year, is the last competitive game of the reigning third Allsvenskan over two months in the past. The bookmakers prophesy therefore lack of game practice and lack of competition hardness. In the match Malmö vs Chelsea’s justification for double odds 1 / X, however, turns this supposed risk into an opportunity, because the proverbial flip side of the coin is that the outsider did not have to deal with any loss of substance in the form of fatigue, and had more time to prepare for the opponent and beyond that was difficult to scout. In conjunction with the fact that the guest from the English capital is extremely unsettled and the home side with the support of their own followers raushauen everything, a surprise does not seem completely out of the question. The England-experienced coach Rösler can draw on the full and after many years as a player and coach on the island his protects certainly give an idea on the way to overthrow the favorites.
Expected formation of Malmö:
Dahlin; Vindhelm, Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari; Traustason, Bachirou, Lewicki, Rieks; Antonsson, Rossenberg
Last matches of Malmo:
- 08.02.2019 – Malmö FF vs. Dynamo Kiev 0: 0 (friendly)
- 03.02.2019 – FC Krasnodar vs Malmö FF 2: 0 (friendly)
- 25.01.2019 – Lyngby Vs. Malmö FF 1: 5 (Friendly Match)
- 18.01.2019 – Malmo FF vs. IFK Malmö 2: 2 (Friendly Match)
- 13.12.2018 – Besiktas Vs. Malmö FF 0: 1 (Europa League)
Chelsea – Statistics & Current Form
“He who has the damage need not worry about the mockery”. This well-known proverb has been used regularly in Chelsea FC games. During the week, there was even a social media montage that aimed to make Maurizio Sarri well on his way to making Chelsea a “second arsenal”. The background of this criticism is undoubtedly justified, because despite an enormous amount of individual quality, the “blues” are not or seldom able to exploit the potential at the moment. A sometimes preferred offensive alignment does not lead to more big chances in the opponent half, but almost exclusively to the instability of their own defensive. What we mean by that became clear last Sunday. In the away game at Manchester City Eden Hazard and Co. came with 0: 6 under the wheels and could not defend themselves over the entire season against the strength of the Guardiola Elf. However, dismissing this gossip as a slip-up would be anything but appropriate due to the hardly explain away form crisis. Nevertheless, we have to differentiate between home and away games.
While the Londoners usually show off their better side in front of their home crowd at Stamford Bridge, the weak performances in foreign parts were the rule. For example, Chelsea has suffered four consecutive defeats in the last four competitive games at the opposition’s place, where they have not even scored one goal. Even before the 0: 6 at Manchester City raised the “Blues” at 0: 4 in Bournemouth the white flag. Although all opponents are likely to be qualitatively superior to Scandinavia’s upcoming opponents, these results provide no basis for a carefree prediction in favor of the English in the sixteenth-final first leg of Malmö-Chelsea. To make matters worse, that coach Sarri continues to assign the top priority to the Premier League and is also on Monday evening in the FA Cup a prestigious match against Manchester United on the program. The protection of one or the other service provider is therefore just as likely as the lack of focus or a certain degree of lack of seriousness, which can always ensure on the European stage that a clearly stronger estimated team harder than expected. The previous guest appearances in the Europa League group stage were also not convincingly designed. In Thessaloniki and Borisov scored 1-0 successes. At the end of the Hungarian team Videoton the title contender had to settle for a 2: 2.
Expected formation of Chelsea:
Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, Rudiger, Emerson; Kovacic, Kante, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian
Last matches of Chelsea:
- 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)
- 27.01.2019 – Chelsea Vs. Sheffield Wednesday 3: 0 (FA Cup)
- 24.01.2019 – Chelsea Vs. Tottenham 2: 1 (League Cup)
Malmo vs Chelsea Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Malmö and Chelsea face each other for the first time on Thursday evening. Cross-comparisons are not necessarily appropriate at this point, although we still want to state that the “Blues” did not make any of the two away games in Sweden victorious so far. Against Åtvidaberg and Helsingborg it was enough in the early 70s and in the late 80s only to a goalless draw. A good omen for the Swedish record champion?
Malmö vs Chelsea Football Betting Predictions Provided by Our Experts Tipsters
At first glance, it seems a bit crazy to risk a prediction in favor of the outsider in the second round first leg in the UEFA Europa League of Malmö vs Chelsea. At second glance, however, this assessment makes perfect sense in our eyes. The main reason is obvious, because the favored guest from London is not in good shape. According to media reports Maurizio Sarri is close to dismissal and the relationship coach / team should be extremely tense. The 0: 6 on Sunday at Manchester City was the best evidence for this thesis. Already in the three away games before the “Blues” had always left the place as a loser and can achieve in any of the four appearances even only one goal.
Key Facts – Malmö vs Chelsea tips
Malmö unbeaten for eight European home games
Chelsea last with four away defeats in a row (0: 13 goals)
The “Blues” did not glaze with fame even in the group stage in the distance
The Swedish record champion is on the other hand very difficult to assess. Because the home season will start with the national cup next weekend, the sky blue and white are in the midst of preparation. Perhaps this admittedly obvious risk is over-weighted by the bookmakers between Malmö and Chelsea, because we consider a probability of victory of 72% English, especially since Malmö lost none of the past eight home games on the international stage and only in one of the 14 European Cup -Partien in the current season drew the short straw. Therefore we dare the tip on the double chance 1 / X in the match Malmö vs Chelsea and justify this recommendation with three units hinted at the too high betting odds. It is a first leg: Chelsea will save some stars and may even be able to live with a draw, as in the coming week, the home game is on the program.
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