Malmo FF vs Chelsea
Europa League, Europe
Date: Thursday, 14th February 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Swedbank Stadion, Malmo, Sweden
Coming off a heavy beating in the Premier League, Chelsea will be looking for a quick redemption this midweek. Mauzio Sarri’s men are targeting a win on their trip to face Swedish outfit, Malmo FF at Swedbank Stadion.
Malmo FF vs Chelsea Possible Lineups
Here are the Possible lineups for both of the two sides as they prepare themselves for an intriguing Europa League clash next Thursday. Let’s take a closer look at what lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them achieving victory.
Expected Formation: 4-4-2
Probable Lineups: Dahlin(g);Vindhelm, Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari(def);Traustason, Bachirou, Lewicki, Rieks(mid);Antonsson, Rossenberg(att)
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Kepa(g); Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Emerson(def);Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek(mid);Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, Hazard(att)
Heading into this Thursday fixture, both teams have already been involved in several matches both in their domestic competition or friendlies for Malmo . Let’s find out what kind of results the two sides have been getting recently to have a clearer idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WDWDW
Swedish outfit are yet to start their new domestic season, which will only kick start next weekend on February 17. However, in their last five competitive matches, they were unbeaten.
Uwe Rosler’s side picked up three wins along with two draws on those five fixtures before ending their domestic campaign. Malmo’s last Europa League game was an impressive away victory over Turkish side, Besiktas.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : WWLWL
The Blues’ overall results in 2019 haven’t been too bad, but their recent away results are concerning. In their last five games, Sarri’s men won three and losses two fixtures, both away from home.
The nature of their last two away defeats are what putting them under lots of pressure at the moment. Getting beaten 4-0 by Bournemouth on January 31, Chelsea found themselves hammered 6-0 away to Manchester City last weekend.
The Swedis outfit have no injury concern whatsoever ahead of their midweek battle against Chelsea. Rosler are free to pick his best possible squad for that massive tie in front of their home crowd.
Marcus Antonsson will still be Malmo’s main guy up front as he will be partnered by Rosenberg. In midfield, Arnor Ingvi Traustason set to help his side creating problems for The Blues players.
Sarri also doesn’t have much issue with injuries, as apart from Gary Cahill, everyone will be available for selection. Seeing The Blues won’t have a league fixture next weekend, they could put on a very strong line up.
New boy, Gonzalo Higuain will be available for selection due to UEFA’s new rule. Eden Hazard could also play from the first minute as Chelsea are looking for that confidence boosting victory.
Head to Head Records:
Both teams are yet to meet in any competitive competition, so this upcomint two legged matches, will be their first encounter
The Blues’ are yet to score any goals in their last four away fixtures in every competitive games.
Malmo ended their 2018 with an unbeaten record of getting seven wins and six draws.
Malmo are setting themselves within a shot to shock their premier league opposition this midweek. Rosler’s side will be facing a team that might be struggling with confidence, especially when playing away from home.
Chelsea must try their best to get over their big loss against Man City on the weekend and push for victory on Thursday. They could take advantage over their opponent’s lack of competitive matches to take them down.
Final Score: 1-1