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Malmo vs. Chelsea Champions League Group Stage MD 4 Preview

Just keep winning!

Chelsea travel to Sweden to play Malmo on Tuesday night in the 4th game of the Champions League group stage. Malmo sit bottom of the group having lost all three of their games and a loss in this game would rule out a place in the top 2 of the group. Malmo lost 4-0 to Chelsea in the reverse fixture and have since drawn 1 and won 2 of their games. Malmo do lead the league in Sweden but their talent has not translated into the Champions League although in fairness to them their group is a tough one. 

Chelsea go into this game having won at Newcastle 0-3. The reverse fixture of this game we won 4-0 2 weeks ago. We sit 2nd in the group with 6 points while Malmo have 0. A win for Chelsea in this game would knock Malmo out of finishing in the top 2. A win for Chelsea and win for Juventus would all but secure the two spots for these teams. The onus is on Malmo to come out and win because if Zenit beat Juventus then Malmo would most likely be finishing 4th regardless of their final two games. For Chelsea it will be a tough trip because Malmo will apparently have a full stadium of fans after 2 years. Away trips are always tough especially against teams that have nothing to lose but we are doing well in these situations in recent games. 

Chelsea Team Preview

Lukaku, Werner, Mount, Kovacic and Kante have not joined the squad for various reasons but Pulisic has joined up after returning from injury. Mendy should remain in goal with a back three of Azpilicueta, Christensen, and Rudiger. Reece James, and Chilwell should start as the wing backs with Jorginho, and Loftus-Cheek in the middle. Hudson-Odoi, Barkley, and Havertz should start up front. Ziyech has got a couple of chances but has been unlucky and poor in those performances while Barkley has mad an impact from the bench. A strong lineup with plenty of talent on the bench and Pulisic should be available as well. 

Malmo Team Preview

I expect Malmo to stick with the same formation they had at Stamford Bride. A back 3 with 5 in midfield and 2 up top. 

Starting XI Prediction

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With fans in the Malmo stadium at full capacity for the first time in 2 years the atmosphere will be electric for this game. Chelsea have face tough atmospheres before and we need to get the result. COME ON CHELSEA!!!

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