Chelsea vs. Malmo FF
October 20, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -250, Under 2.5 +200
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Chelsea is hosting Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge in round 3 of Group H in the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea is back on the winning track, but they are struggling with scoring goals, or more precisely, using their chances. Malmo is the weakest team in this group, and they are in the last place.
Chelsea is doing a great job in the EPL where they are at the top of the table right now with 19 points, 16 scored goals, and only 3 conceded goals. As far as the Champions League goes, Chelsea is in 2nd place with 3 points, and this is where they are struggling with scoring goals. In their last game against Brentford in the EPL, Chelsea has had 56% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 5 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 85% of the correct passes. Chelsea got ahead in the first half, but they were under immense pressure in the second half, but they were able to defend well. The final score was 0-1 in favor of Chelsea. Chelsea is one of the best teams in Europe right now, but they need to get their offense going fast, otherwise, they will have a tough time past the group stage.
Malmo might be the best team in Sweden, but they are definitely the weakest team in this group in the Champions League. In their last 2 games in Sweden, Malmo has scored 8 goals, and if they can get only a dose of that in this game, they might just get on the scoreboard. In their last game against Ostersunds on the road, Malmo was the dominant team with an impressive 70% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 87% of the correct passes. Malmo has won this game 0-3. Malmo is still scoreless in the Champions League so far, while their defense can’t compete with the big dogs, and they have conceded 7 goals in 2 games. I’m pretty sure no one in Malmo expected them to get through this group, but I think they were hoping they might get to the Europa League, which will also be hard, but not impossible.
Chelsea and Malmo have played twice, and Chelsea has won both of those games. This is the perfect opportunity for Chelsea to work on their offense, and they will need it going forward. I’m taking Chelsea all the way.