Malmo and Rangers kick off their Champions League third qualifying round tie on Tuesday night at the Eleda Stadium in Sweden. Malmo are in the midst of the Swedish Allsvenskan season and turn their attention toward their reigning champions of the Scottish Premiership. Rangers kicked off the new season in Scotland on Saturday and are aiming for back-to-back league titles under Steven Gerrard.
Malmo vs Rangers Match Preview
The Swedish team go into the weekend on the back of three straight wins. Despite their success Jon Dahl Tomasson’s team find themselves in second place. Malmo won the Allsvenskan a season ago, but as it stands are in second place behind Djurgaardens.
Rangers started the new Scottish Premiership campaign with a dominant 3-0 win over Livingston. Ianis Hagi opened the scoring and Scott Wright and Kemar Roofe rounded out the goals for Rangers. In addition to a big win on opening day, Rangers watched archrival Celtic lose 2-1 to Hearts. Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League in the second qualifying round. Now, Rangers are the Scottish Premiership’s only entrant in the Champions League qualifying rounds.
These teams have not met since the 2011-12 Champions League qualifying campaign. Malmo won the two-legged tie 2-1 that season. It is the only history the two clubs have and a lot has changed on both sides since then.
Malmo vs Rangers Betting Odds
Based on fitness and form, Malmo have to be considered the favourite to win on Tuesday night at home. However, based on overall player quality, Rangers are the better team. In fact, both sides will take a step up in opponent quality on Tuesday. Rangers were rarely and barely troubled by Livingston at the weekend, while Malmo do not play teams of the ability that Rangers possess.
Malmo reached the Champions League third qualifying round by defeating Riga FC in the first qualifying round 2-1 on aggregate. Their second qualifying round tie against Finland’s HJK ended 4-3 on aggregate. In both the first and second qualifying rounds, Malmo won the home leg before drawing the second leg away. It is a trend we could see once more this week.
Leading sportsbooks’ best betting odds on Malmo are 5/2. Meanwhile, the best betting odds on Rangers are 11/10. The Glasgow side are the favourites to win the match despite just starting the domestic campaign. Malmo have already played 13 league matches in the Allsvenskan.
Malmo vs Rangers Team News
Tomasson is without forward Ola Toivonen. The striker is out for the remainder of the season with a long-term knee injury. The manager still has plenty of quality in the side. However, Malmo are stepping up against more difficult competition in the Champions League qualifying rounds. On aggregate score, Malmo just scrapped by the first two qualifying rounds.
Malmo forward Antonio Mirko Colak has scored in three of the team’s four Champions League qualifying matches. Colak has seven goals in the Allsvenskan this term. The 27-year-old is on loan from Greece’s POAK. Meanwhile, Anders Christiansen scored in both legs of the team’s win over HJK in the second qualifying round.
Gerrard is likely to be without attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi on Tuesday after the player limped off on Saturday. Hagi opened the scoring for Rangers against Livingston, but suffered a leg injury later in the fixture. Ryan Jack is in line for a return from a calf injury. Gerrard will be without striker Kemar Roofe and Glen Kamara as both players are suspended from playing in European competition for the time being.
Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos is ruled out of the first leg due to quarantining. Morelos played at the Copa America in Brazil and only returned to Scotland recently. Due to COVID-19 rules, he is unable to play due to quarantining. Morelos should be available for the second leg.
Malmo vs Rangers H2H
Malmo and Rangers met in the 2011-12 edition of the Champions League qualifying rounds. Malmo won at Ibrox 1-0 and claimed a 1-1 draw at home to advance. The previous meetings between Malmo and Rangers came 10 seasons ago. Rangers do have some issues in attack with Morelos and Roofe unable to take part. Hagi is likely to miss and make the issues worse for Gerrard.
Add in key defensive midfielder Kamara being sidelined and Malmo may have a chance to win the first leg. Remember that Malmo won the first leg of both previous Champions League qualifying rounds before drawing the second leg.
Malmo vs Rangers Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 83/100 - BET NOW
Rangers are coming off of a 3-0 win against Livingston, but are taking a step up in quality against a free-scoring Malmo. Our betting tips experts believe Tuesday’s game could finish with both teams scoring goals. Malmo’s last three games in the Champions League qualifying rounds ended with both teams finding the back of the net.
Antonio Mirko Colak to score anytime @ 13/5 - BET NOW
Antonio Mirko Colak is in brilliant form for the hosts. He scored in three of the team’s four Champions League qualifying round fixtures and will be a dangerman for the Swedes all night. In 11 appearances for Malmo in the Allsvenskan, Colak has seven goals. He will be a far different kind of striker to the ones Rangers played against at the weekend.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 31/40 - BET NOW
Our betting tips experts believe this match could be a close affair with both teams scoring and under 2.5 goals scored. If that is the case and the game ends 1-1, then everything will be to play for in the second leg in Glasgow. Rangers are the better side on paper and have better playing talent. Malmo are further along in their season and that could show this week.
Malmo have not lost a game in the Champions League qualifying rounds – winning the home legs and drawing the away legs. Our betting tips expert’s betting prediction is for the match to end with under 2.5 goals and these teams to finish in a draw.
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