PMB: Malmo v Chelsea - the numbers

With the Blues travelling to Sweden today, club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview with key facts and figures ahead of the game...

Chelsea in Numbers

Chelsea won the trophy on our only previous participation in the Europa League in 2013 when we transferred from the Champions League group stage after finishing third.

The Blues are nine games unbeaten in the Europa League. Our 2-2 draw at Vidi on matchday six ended a run of eight successive wins. Our last defeat in the competition was 2-3 at Rubin Kazan in the 2013 quarter-final second leg, after we won 3-1 at the Bridge.

Chelsea’s only victory in Sweden was in the 1998 Cup Winners’ Cup final against Stuttgart in Stockholm. This winning goal from that game can be enjoyed again below.

Zola's goal v Stuttgart to win the Cup Winners Cup

Zola scores this famous goal with his second touch in the game v Stuttgart to win the Cup Winners Cup!

Our two away competitive games against Swedish opposition ended in goalless draws – against Atvidaberg in the 1971/72 Cup Winners’ Cup second round when we lost on away goals, and against Helsingborg in the first round of the same competition 17 years later when we progressed after a 1-0 first leg win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are one of seven clubs to have come through the groups stage undefeated alongside Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal, Real Betis, Villarreal and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Chelsea’s past 10 years in Europe

2008/09 - Champions League semi-finals
2009/10 - Champions League round of 16
2010/11 - Champions League quarter-finals
2011/12 - Champions League winners
2012/13 - Europa League winners (having transferred from the Champions League group stage)
2013/14 - Champions League semi-finals
2014/15 - Champions League round of 16
2015/16 - Champions League round of 16
2016/17 - Did not qualify
2017/18 - Champions League round of 16

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Europa League group L results
20 SepPAOK (a)W 1-0
4 OctVidi (h)W 1-0
25 OctBATE Borisov (h)W 3-1
8 NovBATE Borisov (a)W 1-0
29 NovPAOK (h)W 4-0
13 DecVidi (a)D 2-2

Europa League scorers

Giroud 4, Loftus-Cheek 3, Willian 2, Morata 2, Hudson-Odoi 1

Chelsea's last six games

19 January: Arsenal (a), lost 2-0

24 January: Tottenham (h) 2-1, 4-2 on pens

27 January: Sheffield Wednesday (h) 3-0

30 January: Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

2 February: Chelsea 5 Huddersfield 0

10 February: Man City 6 Chelsea 0

European games since

An away win: 1
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 3


Chelsea’s next three games

Monday 18 February - Chelsea v Manchester United - FA Cup

Thursday 21 February - Chelsea v Malmo - Europa League

Sunday 24 February - Chelsea v Manchester City - Carabao Cup final


If selected, Eden Hazard will play his 50th European game for the Blues.

Antonio Rudiger made his 50th Premier League start at Manchester City.

Eden Hazard in Europa League action earlier this season


Founded 1910

Major honours
Swedish Champions 20 times, last in 2017
23 Swedish leagues, last in 2017
14 Swedish Cups, last in 1989
2 Swedish Super Cups, last in 2014

Malmo are still in pre-season as the Swedish league runs between April and November.

Thursday’s match is their first competitive match since winning at Besiktas on matchday 6 in December in the Europa Cup. Their first domestic match is on Sunday in the Swedish Cup.

Pre-season results
18 JanIFK Malmo (h)D 2-2
25 JanLyngby (a)W 5-1
3 FebKrasnodar (Marbella)L 0-2
4 FebKrasnodar (Marbella)D 1-1
8 FebDynamo Kiev (Marbella)D 0-0

Malmo are playing their 15th European match of the season. They played in the first three qualifying rounds of the Champions League and were defeated by Vidi.

They are unbeaten in their past eight home games in European competition and are seeking to become the first Swedish side to reach the Europa League round of 16.

This will be Malmo’s fourth European encounter against English opposition.

Their first and most famous was in the 1979 European Cup final against Nottingham Forest, which they lost 0-1 in Munich due to a goal from Trevor Francis on the stroke of half-time.

Trevor Francis scoring against Malmo in their most famous game against an English side

They also lost in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup first round to the same opposition. They won 2-1 at home but lost 0-1 on the return and exited on away goals.

The most recent was in the Europa League third qualifying round against Swansea in 2013 when they lost 0-4 on aggregate.

Malmo have already qualified for the qualifying phase of the 2019/20 Europa League having finished third in the 2018 Allsvenskan.

Ten-year European record
2008/09Did not qualify
2009/10Did not qualify
2010/11Did not qualify
2011/12Europa League group stage (having transferred from the Champions League play-offs)
2012/13Did not qualify
2013/14Europa League third qualifying round
2014/15Champions League group stage
2015/16Champions League group stage
2016/17Did not qualify
2017/18Champions League second qualifying round
Europa League group I results
20 SepKRC Genk (a)L 0-2
4 OctBesiktas (h)W 2-0
25-OctSarpsborg (a)D 1-1
8 NovSarpsborg (h)D 1-1
29 NovKRC Genk (h)D 2-2
13 DecBesiktas (a)W 1-0

Europa League scorers

Antonsson 3, Lewicki 1, Rosenberg 1 (pen), Vindheim 1, own-goal 1.

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Uwe Rosler
Days in charge: 247
Played: 32
Won: 19
Drawn: 11
Lost: 2

Uwe Rosler’s record v Chelsea
Won: 0
Drawn: 1
Lost: 1

Former Man City striker Uwe Rosler previously managed against Chelsea when at Brentford

European games since

A home win: 2
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 8


Thursday 13 December 2018
Besiktas 0 – 1 Malmo
Team 5-3-2: Dahlin; Vindheim, Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari (Brorsson 55), Rieks (Larsson 80); Lewicki, Bachirou, Traustason (Christiansen 75); Rosenberg (c), Antonsson
Scorer: Antonsson 51

2018 Allsvenskan league final table – top five
2IFK Norrkoping302465
3Malmo FF302858
4Hammarby IF302158
5BK Hacken303153


There are no suspensions

Booking list

Three yellow cards will result in a one-match Europa League suspension.

Chelsea Barkley 1, Cahill 1, Higuain 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Rüdiger 1

Malmo  Bachirou 2, Bengtsson 2, Rieks 2, Vindheim 2, Larsson 1, Nielsen 1, Rosenberg 1, Safari 1, Traustason 1.


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