Ludogorets vs Malmö prediction, preview, team news and more

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Ludogorets welcomes Malmö to the Huvepharma Arena for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off on Tuesday.

The visitors have the cards in hand right now, having claimed a 2-0 victory in the first leg last week. Veljko Birmancevic and Jo Inge Berget scored in both halves to give the victory to the Swedish champions.

They followed with a routine 3-0 victory over Degerfors in the Allvenskan on Saturday. Birmancevic, Malik Abubakari and Anders Christensen are all on Malmö’s scoresheet.

Ludogorets was even more adamant in their 5-0 home win over Lokomotiv Sofia on the same day. Five different men have entered the Bulgarian champions’ scoresheet.

The winner of this meeting will obtain an automatic qualification for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and both teams will do their utmost to ensure their progress.


Ludogorets vs Malmö Head to Head

Last week’s first leg was the first time the teams have met competitively, with Malmö claiming a 2-0 home win.

The loss was the home side’s first loss in the campaign in all competitions. Malmö has lost just one of its last 13 games in all competitions.

Ludogorets fitness guide (all competitions): WLWDW

Malmö Fitness Guide (all competitions): WWLWD


Ludogorets vs Malmö Team news

Ludogorets

There are no suspension or injury issues for the Bulgarian champions. Kiril Despodov served his suspension for accumulating yellow cards last week and should be back in selection.

Injuries: Nothing

Suspension: Nothing

Malmö

Jonas Knudsen (knee), Ola Toivonen (knee) and Sergio Pena (calf) have all been ruled out due to injuries. Bernhard Tekpetey will abandon the match due to suspension for accumulated yellow cards.

Injuries: Jonas Knudsen, Ola Toivonen, Sergio Pena

Suspension: Bernhard Tekpetey


Ludogorets vs Malmö Predicts XI

Ludogorets Predicted XI (4-3-3): Kristijan Kahlina (GK); Anton Nedyalkov, Olivier Verdon, Igor Plastun, Jordan Ikoko; Stéphane Badji, Claude Gonçalves, Cauly Souza; Kiril Despodov, Pieros Sotiriou, Mavis Tchibota

Malmö Predicts XI (4-4-2): Johan Dahlin (GK); Niklas Moisander, Lasse Nielsen, Franz Brorsson, Oscar Lewicki; Soren Rieks, Anders Christiansen, Erdal Rakip, Veljko Birmancevic; Jo Inge Berget, Antonio Colak


Prediction Ludogorets vs Malmö

Ludogorets need to score at least two goals to have any hope of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League and this scoring pursuit could see them playing higher up the pitch.

This will leave room for Malmö, who has enough attacking qualities to exploit this space. We foresee a narrow victory for Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side with goals to score from both sides.

Prediction: Ludogorets 1-2 Malmö


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