Malmo v Chelsea Europa League Betting Tips
Chelsea resume their Europa League campaign in the round of 32 against Swedish side Malmo. Managed by ex Wigan, Leeds and Brentford manager Uwe Rosler, Malmo will be hoping to shock a Chelsea side that has never lost a 2 legged tie in the Europa League. Maurizio Sarri will be hoping to repeat Rafa Benitez’s 2013 win with Chelsea, with more than one trophy in his first season now a very real possibility.
Malmo’s 18/19 Europa League Form
How did Malmo get on in the Group Stage?
After knocking out FC Midtjylland in the play off rounds, Malmo were drawn in Group I alongside Genk, Besiktas and Sarpsborg 08. Despite getting off to a poor start with a 2-0 loss at Genk, Malmo turned their campaign around and went unbeaten for the rest of the group stage. A 2-0 win over Besiktas preceded 2 1-1 draws against Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08. Those results were the only real disappointment of the group stage, only managing to take 2 points from a side that had never played in Europe before. Another draw at home to Genk was followed by a 1-0 win away at Besiktas, a remarkable result considering the tough conditions away teams face in Turkey. Just 13 total goals in 6 games for Malmo point to a close game for Chelsea in Sweden.
Chelsea’s 18/19 Europa League Form
How did Chelsea get on in the Group Stage?
At the start of the season, Chelsea went almost 4 months unbeaten in the league, a run that carried into the Europa League. A couple of 1-0 wins thanks to Willian against PAOK and Morata against MOL Vidi got Chelsea off to the perfect start, in a group that they would expect to dominate. In late October, there was a night to remember for Ruben Loftus Cheek, scoring his first professional hattrick in a 3-1 win against Bate Borisov. Giroud’s goal away against BATE made it 4 out of 4, ensuring Chelsea finished top of the group. A 4-0 win against PAOK at home put Chelsea on 15 points, before a 2-2 draw away at MOL Vidi ruined Chelsea’s perfect record in Europe. Although Chelsea weren’t blowing teams away with their performance, a record of just 3 goals conceded in the 6 games is something that Maurizio Sarri can definitely build on.
Chelsea’s All Time Europa League Record
Won - 11
Drawn - 2
Lost - 2
This is only the second season that Chelsea have played in the Europa League, and the first time they have played in the Group Stage. In the 2012/13 season, Chelsea dropped out of the Champions League into the Europa League after finishing 3rd in their group, drawing Sparta Prague in the Round of 32. Winning 2-1 on aggregate thanks to a 92nd minute Eden Hazard goal, Chelsea headed back to Eastern Europe in the Round of 16 against Steaua Bucharest. Despite a 1-0 loss in the opening loss, and then conceding an away goal in the return leg, Chelsea turned it around with a 3-2 win. A comfortable 5-4 win over Rubin Kazan put Chelsea in the semi finals. Facing a Mohamed Salah inspired Basel side, Chelsea won 5-2, putting them in their second European final in 2 years. Branislav Ivanovic was the unlikely hero in the final, with a last minute header handing Chelsea a 2-1 win over Benfica, and the Europa League trophy for the first time. In 5 of the last 6 games in the 12/13 campaign, Chelsea won and both teams scored, is this a trend that could continue this year?
Where To Watch Malmo v Chelsea?
Malmo v Chelsea will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from 8:00pm on Thursday 14th February.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
Interestingly, this game is part of Malmo’s pre season preparations, so Chelsea will be hoping to catch them off guard and unfit in Sweden. With Chelsea’s season well underway, that should provide a huge advantage.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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