This is Malmoe’s first competitive match since winning 1-0 away to Besiktas midway through December. They haven’t lost a competitive match since September.
Chelsea are in freefall at the moment after their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. Maurizio Sarri is already under huge pressure to save his job.
Chelsea are favourites despite their poor form. The Blues have lost their last four away matches and haven’t scored in any of those games.
Chelsea last scored away from home on December 30 but it would be a huge shock if they didn’t at least win here. It may not be pretty.
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January signings Adi Nalic, Anel Ahmedhodzic and Dusan Melicharek have been added to Malmoe’s squad for the knockout phase.
Marcus Antonsson and Arnor Ingvi Traustason are in competition for a starting spot up front for the home side.
Chelsea- Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to make wholesale changes from the side that lost 6-0 to Manchester City on Sunday, if the Italian is still in charge of the west London outfit by then.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has barely featured this season and it would be remarkable if the teenager didn’t start on Thursday. Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill and Ethan Ampadu will also hope to start.
Olivier Giroud will hope to start but Sarri may use this match to get Gonzalo Higuain’s fitness up to speed. Daniel Drinkwater has been added to Chelsea’s squad but is ruled out here. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a back problem and also misses out.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Malmoe FF’s last 7 games (UEFA Europa League).
Chelsea are undefeated in their last 9 matches in UEFA Europa League.
Malmoe FF are undefeated in their last 5 Europa League matches.
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