Chelsea v Malmo FF Betting Tips & Predictions

21:00 Thu 21 Feb
Europa League
Tip: Malmo +2.5
Units: 1/5

It was job done for Chelsea in Sweden last week after goals from Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley helped the London team enjoy a 2-1 first leg win against Malmo and that puts the Blues in a practically unassailable position when it comes to reaching the Europa League last sixteen.

Maurizio Sarri will have been satisfied by this outcome considering that Chelsea have the small matter of an EFL Cup final just three days after this match and that means that the bulk of the first team are likely to have the night off, especially as the Blues play Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday.

Gonzalo Higuain was an unused sub in Sweden, while N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard were used sparingly. We could see Ruben Loftus-Cheek get a run out in this match, while Giroud, Willian and Mateo Kovacic are all likely to feature here.

Malmo have little to lose after conceding two away goals and going 2-1 down at Stadion, although Uwe Rosler’s side are good enough to keep the scoreline close and make sure that they are not soundly beaten.

The Swedish side only lost one of their group games and they kept things relatively low-scoring in the majority of their clashes, with the visitors enjoying a 1-1 draw away to Sarpsborg before a 1-0 victory in Turkey after beating Besiktas.

Backing Malmo at -2.5 goals on the Asian Handicap means that we can back them knowing that they can lose by two goals and the bet will still win. It’s hard to see Chelsea winning by a bigger margin considering that they don’t need to even enjoy a victory to go through.

With several first-teamers putting their feet up, the match is likely to be disjointed and we could see the match fizzling out into a draw, with Chelsea just wanting to score to make sure that Malmo would need three to go through.

Malmo +2.5 @ 1.57 with bet365

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