July 26, 2022 Sports Betting
The second leg of Malmo’s Champions League qualifying match against FK Zalgiris will take place at the Eleda Stadion on Wednesday, and the Swedish powerhouse will be aiming to overcome a one-goal deficit.
The third qualifying round matchup pits the victor of this match against either Linfield or Bodo/Glimt, with the Lithuanian visitors currently holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg.
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Malmo was doomed to a narrow loss in the first leg against Zalgiris last week after securing a thrilling 6-5 overall victory over Vikingur in the previous round. Fabien Ourega scored the game’s lone goal four minutes after halftime.
The Blue Ones can draw encouragement from their performances in 2014–15 and 2015–16, in which they fell behind in the first leg of their qualifying matches against Celtic and Red Bull Salzburg, respectively, before winning the rematches to advance.
After losing last week, Milos Milojevic’s team bounced back with a 3-1 Allsvenskan victory over Sirius on Saturday. Moustafa Zeidan scored in between two goals from Patriot Sejdiu.
The 22-time Swedish top-flight winners, who are now third from the top at the midway point of the season, will resume Champions League play in the middle of the week in an effort to advance to the group stage for a second straight year.
After winning their eighth Lithuanian top-flight championship last season, Zalgiris is attempting to become the first team in history to advance to the Champions League group stage.
A similar effort is needed on Wednesday if Vladimir Cheburin’s team is to advance to the next round. He will have been pleased with his team’s resolute performance in the first leg.
Since the beginning of the year, Zalgiris has had a strong run of play, dropping just two of their last 25 games in all competitions while winning 16 and drawing the other seven.
The Green Whites also have a good road record, having gone undefeated in each of their past 16 away games with their most recent loss occurring in September of last year. The Zalgiris camp is in good spirits, and they are optimistic that they will qualify for the next round. However, they would be eliminated from the Europa League if they lost to Malmo on aggregate.
The only game in Malmo’s last 10 across all competitions in which they have failed to score is the first-leg loss to Zalgiris, who they unexpectedly lost to last week.
The hosts will be the clear favorites to win on Wednesday, despite the visitors’ strong play, and they should have enough talent in their lineup to turn the match around and advance to the next round.