Chelsea vs Malmo

Chelsea vs Malmo

Chelsea vs Malmo
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea managed to forget domestic failures at least for a while when they saw off Malmo 1-2 on the road in the rst leg of the last 32 Europa League round tie.

Maurizio Sarri’s troops now only need to nish the job in the reverse xture at Stamford Bridge. We would not be surprised to see the Italian manager mixing up his ranks here with the League Cup nal against Manchester City upcoming on Sunday.

Since the Blues are out of FA Cup, League Cup might be their only chance for a trophy apart from Europa League.

Chelsea won’t come into this match in the highest of spirits followin  another        disappointingdefeat on Monday. They fell 0-2 at home to Manchester United to nish their FA Cup campaign in the last16 round.

The match played seven days ago at Swedbank Stadion was the rst ever head to head encounter
between these two likes.

Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud scored goals in a 1-2 win for the Blues on the occasion.

Malmo showed a decent form in the group phase of the competition. They went unbeaten in last
ve matches and advanced together with Genk from Group I (ahead of Besiktas and Sarpsborg).

However, they did not play a competitive match before mid-December which was obviously an issue against such strong opposition.

The difference in quality between these two likes is massive and Chelsea should have no troubleseasing their way towards another victory over the Swedish opposition here regardless of their poor shape in recent weeks. 
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