Match Preview: Malmo FF 2-0 Ludogorets Predictions and Betting Tips 18.08.2021

Malmo FF – Ludogorets Predictions & Tips For Today, August 18, 2021.

League: Champions League – Qualification – Final
Match: 20:00 Malmo FF – Ludogorets
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odd: 1.41
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 2:0 WON!!!

Malmo FF – Ludogorets Match Preview

  • Malmö are looking to secure a third-ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage, but have to overcome a tricky Ludogorets side who are also looking to achieve the same feat. Impressively, the Swedish champions have not lost a UCL qualifying match since July 2017 (W7, D5), and have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four UCL qualifying fixtures.
  • A home and away success against Scottish champions Rangers in the last round should give the hosts plenty of confidence. As should the fact they’ve lost only one of their previous six home European encounters (W5). However, similar to this match, that sole defeat came vs Granada in last season’s UEFA Europa League play-off when there was a continental group stage place on the line.
  • Ludogorets have made light work of their domestic rivals in recent times, securing a tenth successive Bulgarian league title last season – the longest ongoing league winning run of any current European club. They’ll now be motivated to start making a name for themselves on the UCL stage, yet they did need penalties to overcome Olympiacos in the last round (aggregate scoreline: 3-3).
  • Their 1-1 away draw vs the Greek champions did stretch their unbeaten UCL away run to four matches (W2, D2), with under 1.5 goals conceded in each. That’s an impressive improvement considering they lost four of their five away UCL qualifying matches before that (W1), conceding 2+ goals in three of those four defeats.
  • Players to watch: Croatian forward Antonio Čolak has scored five of Malmö’s ten goals in UCL qualifying so far, including two after HT vs Rangers. Kiril Despodov has enjoyed recent trips on the road with Ludogorets, netting in three of their previous four competitive away encounters.
  • Hot stat: Malmö have scored 2+ goals in nine of their last 11 competitive home matches (W9, D1, L1).

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