Malmö vs Juventus: prediction for the Champions League fixture
The Swedish champions welcome the Old Lady to Eleda Stadion on September 14. What to expect from this Champions League game? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Last season, Malmö won the Swedish champions title for the 21st time. This allowed them to get into the qualification for the Champions League. Jon Dahl Tomasson's men started their campaign on July 7, when they outplayed Riga (2:1 on aggregate). After that Malmö defeated HJK, Rangers, and Ludogorets in the final (3:2).
In this edition of Allsvenskan, the Sky-Blues have scored 10 victories and 4 draws in 18 rounds, which brought them 34 points. They are only three points behind the leaders, plus they have demonstrated the best attacking performance in the league. After a confident victory over Degerfors (3:0), Malmö unexpectedly lost to Hammarby Fotboll (1:2) and drew with Norrkoping (1:1).
The hosts will be without Knudsen, Toivonen, Pena, Moisander, Dahlin, and Lewicki, who are all recovering from injuries.
Juventus couldn't enter the battle for Scudetto last season, but at the end of the tournament the Old Lady were lucky: the victory over Napoli in the last round put them in fourth place in the standings. That's how Juve got into the Champions League group stage.
In the summer, Massimiliano Allegri became the new manager. He decided to carry out major changes in the team. One of the changes was Cristiano Ronaldo's move to England.
The Old Lady had a bad start in the new Serie A, which made the fans anxious about the team's performance in the Champions League. After three games, Juve have only one point, which they earned in the first round against Udinese (2:2). In the last two rounds, Juventus lost to Empoli (0:1) and Napoli (1:2).
Juventus will be without Chiesa, Nicolussi, Arthur, Bernardeschi, and Cuadrado, who have all been injured.
Juventus scored in the first half in their last 4 away games.
In 3 of the last 5 games of the hosts, goals were scored in both halves.
In 2 of the last 4 games of the Swedish team, this bet played.
This bet played in 2 of Malmo's last 3 home games.
Malmo have passed the two-month qualification, which is an impressive achievement. Juventus are rebuilding the team, and that has affected the results in Serie A in a negative way. But in our opinion, today is the day for Juve to break their winless streak. The Old Lady look more powerful and have loads of motivation.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1) to Juventus
Prediction: Handicap (-1) to Juventus
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Malmö look good this season, but they haven't yet played against opponents of Juve's level. We predict that the Swedes will choose a defensive strategy, hoping for an odd attack or free-kick. We think Juventus will eke a win with one goal margin.
Second wager - Juventus to win by 1 goal.