Sweden’s Malmö take on Lithuania’s Zalgiris at the Eleja Field on Wednesday 27 July in the return leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final. The hosts need to win by at least two goals to guarantee a place in the competition. For full statistics and odds for the match, look at 1xbet app.
Malmö are known as an experienced Eurocup fighter, but the Swedish club struggled to overcome Vikingur Reykjavik to reach the second round. “The D’Blais triumphed 6-5 on aggregate against Iceland, drawing criticism from fans for their poor and disorganised defence. That was surprising, as the team had a decent squad, boasting the services of local stars like Serbian midfielder Veljko Biermanchevic and Danish star Anders Christiansen.
The Swedes had an unsuccessful encounter in Lithuania a week ago. “Malmö lost 1-0, and were unimpressive overall. Instead, last Sunday, the hosts demolished Sirius, 3-1, in the league. After 15 rounds, the club sit 5th in the standings with 30 points. The team have scored 22 goals and conceded 13.
Zalgiris made it back to the second qualifying round of the Champions League: the last time they took part in that stage was in the 2020/21 season, when they were beaten 5-1 on aggregate in two games by Hungary’s Ferencvaros. The Whites and Greens have now booked their place through a 1-1 and 1-0 win over Balkani from Kovoso. In the national championship, the team is in first place with 41 points from 18 rounds. They have scored 40 goals and conceded 12.
In their opening game a week ago against Malmö, the Lithuanian side looked confident, scoring twice as many goals. But only once, French forward Fabien Ourega got on the scoresheet.
The first meeting ended with a 1-0 win for Zalgiris.
Malmo vs Zalgiris
The Bilo-Syni will try to redeem themselves in front of their fans for a lackluster performance in Lithuania. “Malmö, as previously stated, are an experienced European club with a quality squad. The support from the home stands will give the players even more motivation. However, the visitors shouldn’t be written off. “Zalgiris have a chance to advance to the Champions League for the first time in a long time and will be dangerous on the counter. Our prediction is a total of over 2.5 goals.