Lugano hosts Malmo FF in round 4 of the Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, November 7th at Kybunpark (St. Gallen)
Lugano, which was practically disassembled in terms of the squad after winning the bronze in the last Swiss Super League, feels very difficult in the current season. As a result, the Bianconeri are fighting a desperate struggle for survival in the local league, having gained only 3 wins in 13 rounds held. Besides, Lugano has very few chances of continuing the struggle in the spring stage of the UEFA Europa League. It takes the last line in the Group B standings, gaining one point in three meetings played. The Swiss have obtained a home draw in a confrontation with Ukrainian Dynamo Kyiv (0:0) and lost to Danish Copenhagen (0:1) and the same Malmo (1:2).
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As for the Swedish flagship, it has long become familiar in official international competitions, regularly representing its country at various stages of the Champions League and the Europa League. Moreover, Malmo does not look so bad in European competitions. For example, it has reached the 1/16 finals of the last LE draw, from where it relegated only with the help of the future winner of the tournament, famous English Chelsea. And before the upcoming match, the visitors still have the opportunity to try their hand in the subsequent playoffs. They have four points, lagging behind the first two places by only one point.
In my opinion, it will be very difficult for crisis Lugano to beat one of the leaders of the Swedish championship, which arrives in excellent shape (2nd place in Allsvenskan). Malmo looked quite decent in a recent away match with Dynamo Kyiv, not quite deservedly losing in the capital of Ukraine with a 0:1 score (Dynamo scored a goal in the 85th minute). I would also like to add that this meeting would be held at the foreign stadium in St. Gallen, where several hundred Scandinavian fans will create an almost homely atmosphere for Malmo. And I will note that the nominal hosts have never won within their field in the current season.
Prediction for the match: Malmo FF to win with +0.5 handicap