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Blues Bulletin: Chelsea vs Malmo

Malmo travel from south-west Sweden to south-west London for a crucial Champions League night under the lights, and here we bring you all the key pre-match statistics and information you need...

Chelsea vs Malmo head to head

Chelsea (4-3-3) Caballero; Azpilicueta (c) (Ampadu 79), Rüdiger, Christensen, Emerson; Kanté (Loftus-Cheek 75), Kovacic, Barkley (Jorginho 75); Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian
Unused subs: Cumming, David Luiz, Hazard, Higuain
Booked Barkley 17
Scorers Giroud 55, Barkley 74, Hudson-Odoi 84
Head coach Maurizio Sarri

Malmo (3-5-2) Dahlin; Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari; Vindheim, Christiansen (Lewicki 71), Bachirou, Traustason (Gall 71), Rieks; Rosenberg (c) (Strandberg 61), Antonsson
Unused subs: Melicharek, Larsson, Binaku, Ahmedhodzic.
Booked Safari 30, Rosenberg 43, Christiansen 50, Bengtsson 51
Sent off Bengtsson 73 (two yellow cards)
Head coach Uwe Rosler

Referee Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
Attendance 39,813

Chelsea stats

Chelsea are looking to avoid losing consecutive Champions League games for the first time since losing both legs in the last 16 against Bayern Munich in 2019/20.

We are five goals short of 500 goals in European competitive matches.

Chelsea are currently fourth in UEFA’s club rankings and above Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG. The club coefficients are based on the results of clubs competing in the five previous seasons of the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.


Malmo stats

Last season
Allsvenskan: Champions
Svenska Cupen: Group stage
Europa League: Play-off round
Top scorer all competitions: Isaac Kiese Thelin 17

Malmo won their fifth Allsvenskan league title in the last eight seasons in 2020 and just missed out on their first league and cup double since 1989. The Swedish season runs between April and December.

Malmo's two previous Champions League group stage campaigns came in 2014/15 and 2015/16 when they finished fourth on both occasions.

Malmo are hoping to record just their second away win in their European Cup/Champions League proper history, and their first since September 1978 when they won in Monaco.

Malmo have lost their last five Champions League games by an aggregate score of 0-24.

Malmo’s only previous meeting in the European Cup with an English team was in the 1979 final, losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest in Munich.

Malmo have lost all three of their away games against English teams in European competitions, 1-2 to Liverpool in the 1967 Fairs Cup, 0-1 against Nottingham Forest in the 1995 UEFA Cup and 0-3 at Stamford Bridge in 2019 against the Blues in the Europa League.

Jon Dahl Tomasson has never managed a side against Chelsea although he has played against us for Newcastle in 1997 and twice for Feyenoord in 1999/2000, losing on all three occasions.

Malmo's last Champions League game

Malmo's major summer moves


Malik Abubakari Moreirense
Ismael Diawara Degerfors
Peter Gwargis Brighton
Niklas Moisander Werder Bremen
Martin Olsson Hacken
Sergio Pena Emmen


Hugo Andersson Varnamo, loan
David Edvardsson Jammerbugt, loan
Marko Johansson Hamburg
Amel Mujanic Osters
Mathias Nilsson Osters, loan
Mubaarak Nuh Jammerbugt, loan
Amin Sarr Mjallby, loan
Ismael Sidibe Jammerbugt, loan
Pavle Vagic Rosenborg


Malmo’s Anel Ahmedhodzic is suspended
In the Champions League, three yellow cards will result in a one-match-suspension in the competition.
Booking list
Chelsea: Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Rudiger 1, Ziyech 1
Malmo: Brorsson 2, Nielsen 1, Rakip 1

Referee and VAR

The referee is Francois Letexier from France and the VAR is Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez from Spain.

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