Zrinjski vs Malmo
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 15 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
There is zero doubt that Zrinjski got outplayed by Malmo last week, got outplayed big time… Attempts were 17-4 for the Swedish side, the on target ones were 9-0(!), and corners won were 12-0(!), all numbers that show, pretty clearly to write the least, that the final 3-0 for Malmo was totally justified. Actually, the Mostar side could have lost by an even bigger score, and be left with no chance of coming back. Now, their chances are close to non-existent, but… “close to non-existent” is still better than “non-existent”. To at least match the result of the first leg, Zrinjski need to score three goals. They did exactly that earlier this summer, against Akademija Pandev, in the first qualifying round, but obviously, Akademija Pandev and Malmo come from… different planets, when you put their rosters one next to the other. No game for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team last weekend.
Malmo are super close to reaching the Europa League playoffs, but the… mood got partly spoiled on Sunday, when they failed to beat Hacken on the road. They drew 1-1, which was their fourth draw in a row in Sweden’s championship. Four games weeks ago, they were leading, having both Djurgården and AIK several points behind them. Fast forward to today, they are third, three points behind Djurgården, and two behind AIK. Uwe Rösler, their coach, was mad at the referee after Sunday’s game, saying that it’s “weird” how key decisions go against them when they play against certain teams. Instead of blaming the referees, maybe he should spend more time practicing with penalties. They missed yet another one on Sunday, their fifth in a row. “I don’t know who will take the next one we earn, I really don’t know”, his comment was, when asked whom among his players he trusts to convert from the penalty spot.
Previous five matches:
Malmo vs Zrinjski 3-0
Željezničar vs Zrinjski 1-0
Zrinjski vs Utrecht 2-1
Zrinjski vs Velez 1-0
Utrecht vs Zrinjski 1-1
Hacken vs Malmo 1-1
Malmo vs Zrinjski 3-0
Malmo vs Domzale 3-2
Ostersunds vs Malmo 0-0
Domzale vs Malmo 2-2
Zrinjski’s next game is on Sunday, at Tuzla City (Bosnia and Herzegovina championship). Same day, Malmo will be hosting Falkenberg (Sweden championship).
Zrinjski vs Malmo: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
Zrinjski vs Malmo: Prediction
Malmo are considered rather clear favorites to win again, but I prefer focusing on goals.
Zrinjski vs Malmo: Betting Tips
“Over 2.5 goals” is a bet I like in this game, at 1.90. The hosts have got nothing to lose at this point, I expect them to score, and I would be surprised if Malmo didn’t take advantage of open spaces at Zrinjski’s back. Combined with “both teams to score”, “over 2.5” pays 2.30.