Malmö (possible 3-5-2) Dahlin; L Nielsen, Brorsson, Olsson; Larsson, Innocent, Christiansen, Pena, Berget; Colak, Birmancevic. Alternates: Ellborg, Diawara, Moisander, Rakip, Abubakari, Gwargis, Nalic, Eile, Bjorkqvist, Lindman.
Arbitrator François Letexier (France).
Malmö is 35/1 to win at Stamford Bridge tonight. Eye-catching odds in a two-horse race, but I doubt many people take them. Even by Champions League group stage standards, this game feels like a formality. Malmö have been stranded 3-0 and 4-0 in their first two group matches and, although Chelsea have also lost to Juventus, they should be too strong – especially as Thomas Tuchel has picked a squad at full strength. power.
The likely gap is a shame, not least because Malmö has a history in this competition. They reached the final in 1979 before losing to Nottingham Forest, and knocked out Italian champions Internazionale (Matthaus, Klinsmann, Brehme, Bergomi, Zenga, Ferri, Berti) in the first round a decade later – a feat at a time when Serie A was the best league in the world billions of miles away.
Malmö was then managed by Roy Hodgson and had a handful of young players who would help Sweden in the semifinals of major competitions in 1992 and 1994: Patrik Anderson, Martin Dahlin, Stefan Schwarz. They were force-fed by Mechelen in the next round, alas, and the Inter match remains their last seismic victory in European competition. That might change tonight, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
To start up 8 p.m.
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