chelsea Team News:

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unlikely to feature for Chelsea, while the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro are likely to be rested, which means that there could be place in the starting XI for both Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

malmo-ff Team News:

Malmo could be without both Guillermo Molins and Franz Brorsson, though they have few other concerns at present.

chelsea vs malmo-ff Tip Reason:

Chelsea may have won the first leg last week, but they weren’t overly convincing, while the fact that they only hold a sing-goal aggregate lead means that the tie is still in the balance. After their exploits in Sweden, the Blues disappointed in front of a home crowd when going out of FA Cup with a whimper on Monday night, as they failed to put up much of a fight when losing by two goals to nil against Manchester United. Going forward, Chelsea delivered a relatively pleasing performance in Sweden last Thursday; they created some good chances, showed decent end-product and deserved their two goals. However, at the other end of proceedings, they were very poor. They allowed Malmo to hit them on the break and could do little to stop the Swedes from creating decent openings. Thursday’s visitors were good value for their goal, while they may have had more. Frankly, the fact that Chelsea emerged with an expected goal difference of just +0.45 suggests that they did anything but runaway with the game. It also tells us that this tie is far from over. They weren’t great in the first leg, despite offering a good amount going forward, though they ought to be capable of doing better on home soil, or at least that’s what their group-stage efforts at home suggest. During the groups, Chelsea looked good on their own patch. They won each of their three home games, scored eight goals and conceded just one. Encouragingly, they posted expected-goals for figures of 1.54, 1.74 and 1.56 at home during the groups, and given that they created 2.08 in the first leg of this tie, Sarri’s men ought to be capable of doing well offensively on Thursday. Malmo should also fancy themselves to make offensive headway in this match. The Swedish outfit failed to resist defensively last week, but they created plenty going forward, as they clocked a more than respectable 1.63 expected goals for. With Chelsea likely to attack in their own patch, the visitors should be able to play on the counter, which is a tactic that served them well a week ago. To put it simply, after they troubled the Chelsea rear-guard in the first leg and after they scored away against the likes of Besiktas in the groups, Malmo should not be underestimated ahead of this fixture. In the betting, ‘Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score’ stands out. Not only did such a selection yield a profit in the first leg, but the performance of both on that occasion suggests that, at the very least, scoring chances will arrive for both teams on Thursday. Moreover, the performance of both last week coupled with their respective efforts at home and away during the group stages suggest that there may just be a smidgen of value to be had by supporting a high-scoring encounter at the current prices.

Chelsea vs Malmo FF Betting Prediction:

Chelsea 3 0 Malmo FF
Tip: Over 2.5


Recommended BET Stakes : 7/10 units

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