European Champions Chelsea will be hosting Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 3 of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League season. The Blues found a decent start to their UCL campaign with a 1-0 win over Zenit at home on the opening day of Group H, but lost on their trip to Juventus by 1-0. They are currently second in their group and will hope to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition comfortably. Swedish club Malmo FF have had a terrible start to their UCL campaign, losing both their opening games and conceding seven goals without scoring. They are currently at the bottom of the group, three points behind Chelsea and Zenit in second and third respectively.
Chelsea have had a great start to their domestic campaign and are at the top of the Premier League standings with 19 points from their opening eight games. They have been a difficult team to play against ad have already faced four of the five other big six teams in the league. Malmo FF are also at the top of the Swedish league on goal difference as they are equal on points with two other teams. They will hope to continue their domestic form and win the league, and also bring that form into Europe.
Chelsea managed to only score one goal in their opening game against Zenit through a header from Romelu Lukaku in the second half. they only had seven or eight shots in that game. The above viz shows the shots taken by Chelsea against Juventus. Here, one can see that Chelsea took a few shots from inside the box and a few from outside, but all the shots were taken from the left side. Also, Chelsea will need to be more clinical in the next few games, as they will need to win games to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
The Blues have managed to keep a decent amount of possession in their opening games and have recorded a lot of passes to show for it. The above viz shows the passing zones for Chelsea, which shows that they have a large number of passes in the central midfield area, and on both the wings in the attacking third. They have creative players in midfield, and also get the width from their wing-backs to put in crosses. Chelsea are a complete team with a lot of strength in depth, and can again be serious contenders for the UCL 21-22 title.
Malmo FF have failed to score in both of their opening games in the group stage of the Champions League. The above viz is their shot map aginst Zenit, where they lost 5-0. They did take 10 shots in the game but hit the target only twice. They had similar attacking stats in the game gains Juventus, and were unable to score in that 3-0 defeat as well.
Malmo FF’s passing zones show that they have only been able to accumulate passes in the midfield and defensive area of the pitch. They have lacked creativity in midfield and have also not found a payer to finish their moves. The players have utilized the width and up in crosses, but it has not brought them much success. If they want to go through to the knockout phase, or even really want to come third and go to the Europa League, they will have to change their form and start getting some results.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are one of the favourites in the UEFA champion League this season and will be expected to get a comfortable victory at home against the Swedish outfit. They have a sorted defence that has not conceded many goals, and their attack has been able to find the net somewhat regularly. We expect Chelsea to win the game 2-0 and potentially challenge Juventus for the top spot in the group.
Chelsea FC’s Predicted Starting XI (3-5-2): GK: Mendy, LWB: Marcos Alonso, RWB: Cesar Azpilicueta, CBs: Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Trevoh Chalobah, CMs: Jorginho, NGolo Kante, Mason Mount, LF: Lukaku, RF: Timo Werner
Malmo FF’s Predicted Starting XI (3-5-2): GK: Johan Dahlin, LWB: Sergio Pena, RWB: Jo Inge Berget, CBs: Franz Brorsson, Lasse Nielsen, Eric Larsson, CMs: Anders Christiansen, Bonke Innocent, Erdal Rakip, LF: Veljko Birmancevic, RF: Antonio-Mirko Colak