We look at a few stats to predict the match.
Malmo have not had a start to the UCL campaign which they will want to remember for long. They find themselves at the bottom of their group, with three losses in three matches. The Swedish club come into this match facing a 0-4 thrashing to Chelsea away from home in the UCL and if they have any hopes of changing their fortune, they have to produce a strong resistance against the Blues at home.
Their problems have been widespread throughout the pitch. Attack or defence, whatever be it, Malmo has struggled to find their feet. They have not scored a single goal so far while conceding 11 goals at the other end. A struggling attack with an equally vulnerable defence has not let Malmo one breath of respite. They have conceded eight goals in their last two UCL matches.
The above image shows the Malmo shot map from their game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It is pretty evident from the viz, that the club were not able to string together anything in the final third. They had only two shots throughout the match and none of them were on target. These are the areas Malmo should definitely look to improve but against a well-drilled Chelsea side, it seems really tough at this point of time.
Chelsea on the other hand, are in a dream run of form currently under Thomas Tuchel. The defending UCL winners, have thrashed Norwich City 7-0 and Newcastle United 0-3 in the Premier League during the recent weeks, which has seen them extend their lead at the top of the table by three points. They beat Malmo 4-0 at home in the last UCL fixture and are absolutely looking to repeat that feat away from home. Chelsea are on second in their group with two wins, and a win over their opponents on Tuesday will take them one step closer to a place in the last 16.
They are definitely one of the best defensive sides in Europe. The Blues have conceded only one goal so far in the UCL and while they had problems scoring goals, it has seemed to vanish in the recent matches. They have scored five goals yet and a huge chance is out there for them to add more into that tally on Tuesday.
The above image shows the xT timeline from their match against Malmo. It is pretty evident from it that Chelsea had the entire control of the game to themselves. They had a total of 18 attempts during the match with 11 different players taking their chance of scoring a goal. They were bit less clinical, converting just four of them but their rock-solid defence cancelled out the opposition’ chances of scoring and it did not hurt them.
Tuchel will certainly send his troop in with orders to repeat what they did and it can prove difficult for Malmo again to get out of it, unless they pull something extraordinary out of their bag.
We predict a 0-3 victory for the Blues, in a competition which should be relatively easy for them.