Chelsea vs Malmo: Holders to get back on track

Chelsea vs Malmo: Holders to get back on track

Kick-off: 2000, 20/10/2021

Stadium: Stamford Bridge

TV: BT Sport

Chelsea have laboured through their first couple of Champions League Group H games but will be eyeing a smooth success versus Malmo.

The Swedish outfit lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League a few seasons ago and have looked out of their depth at this level.

We’re going with the Blues to oblige my more than two clear goals at 93/100 for our initial Chelsea vs Malmo prediction.

A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds

Chelsea just about managed to wear down Zenit here on Matchday 1, with Romelu Lukaku grabbing the only goal on 69 minutes.

However, the holders still have plenty of work to do following a 1-0 defeat by Juventus in Turin.

Federico Chiesa almost capitalised on some sloppy play in the opening period, flashing a shot across Edouard Mendy’s goal after Mateo Kovacic gave the ball away.

Chiesa did get on the scoresheet with a fine finish just 10 seconds into the second half, with Chelsea caught napping after the restart.

Lukaku and Kai Havertz had clear-cut chances to level late on but their wayward efforts summed up a lacklustre display.

Thomas Tuchel will no doubt now urge his side not to show any complacency against the group whipping boys and get on the front foot from the outset.

Looking at the Chelsea vs Malmo odds, we like 7/2 for the hosts to be 2-0 ahead at the interval.

A Look At Malmo’s Betting Odds

Malmo deserve plenty of credit for battling through four qualifying rounds to reach this stage, with Rangers among their victims.

However, the step up in class has proved tough to cope with, starting out with a 3-0 home loss to Juventus.

The Sky Blues conceded early on in both halves when visiting Zenit, with Claudinho and Daler Kuzyaev given far too much space in the box.

After Anel Ahmedhodzic was sent off for deliberate handball, Alex Sutormin curled in a lovely long-range shot and Wendel rubbed salt into the wounds late on.

Malmo appear to lack the defensive know-how or athleticism to keep out elite-level attacks.

Let’s finish off our Chelsea vs Malmo betting tips by taking 17/5 for the hosts to oblige by exactly a three-goal margin.

Additional stats

Last Champions League result:

Juventus 1-0 CHELSEA

Zenit 4-0 MALMO

Head-to-head: Chelsea 3-0 Malmo, Malmo 1-2 Chelsea

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