Five years is a long time in football.
Malmo haven’t tasted Champions League football since the 2015-16 season, but under the guidance of former Newcastle United striker Jon Dahl Tomasson, they are closing in on a historic return.
The Swedish champions take a 2-1 advantage to Finland on Tuesday night, knowing that if they can stay out of trouble against HJK, they’ll advance to play Rangers in the third qualifying round.
Things are really looking up for the Allsvenskan league leaders. They’ve won five out of their last six, conceding just twice, and look to be hitting form ahead of this crucial second leg.
HJK enjoyed a 2-0 win at the weekend as they extend their lead at the top of the Finnish Veikkausliiga, but will appreciate the leap in opposition as Malmo come knocking.
We’ve pulled together a 4/1 Bet Builder for this all-important second leg:
- Malmo FF to be winning at HT
- Malmo FF to win
- Both teams NOT to score
HJK Helsinki v Malmo FF Bet Builder Betting Tip:
Malmo FF to be winning at HT
Despite looking good in possession in last week’s first leg, HJK were unable to threaten the Malmo goal on too many occasions despite earning an important away goal.
Malmo have led at HT in four of their last five outings, and a fast start to settle any nerves will be just the tonic for Tomasson’s Di blae.
Malmo FF to win
Malmo have the pedigree in these qualifying rounds to churn out a win in Helsinki.
The hosts will be forced to roll the dice on occasion inside the Bolt Arena, and with Croatian sensation Antonio-Mirko Colak leading the line for the visitors, expect Malmo to get plenty of success on the counter.
The Swedes have lost just two of their last 10 matches and shouldn’t slip up on Tuesday evening.
Both teams NOT to score
Malmo have enjoyed clean sheets in their last two away matches.
HJK will have to commit, but an early away goal from the visitors could really take the wind out of their sails.
Avoiding the BTTS play in this Bet Builder looks the sensible option, with a slim, tight win for Malmo expected.