Malmo vs Rangers betting tips
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Malmo vs Rangers: Match details
Match: Malmo vs Rangers
Competition: UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round First Leg Champions Path
Date: Tuesday 3 August 2021
Kick-off time: 18:00 (UK time)
Betting prediction: Malmo 1-2 Rangers
Malmo vs Rangers: Recommended bets
Rangers to win is 23/20; the Gers are just 2/7 to qualify for the play-off round.
Antonio Colak is 5/1 to open the scoring and 2/1 to net anytime.
Fashion Sakala is 9/2 to break the deadlock and also 2/1 to score in 90 minutes.
Malmo vs Rangers: What are the betting odds?
Malmo vs Rangers – recent form and head to head statistics
Malmo vs Rangers: Match preview
Can Malmo continue their Champions League adventure?
The Sky Blues won their 21st Allsvenskan title in 2020, their sixth triumph in just 11 year.
The league season in Sweden runs on an annual basis so they’ve already played 13 of 30 matches in the 2021 season.
Malmo are currently second, one point behind Djurgardens.
This domestic success has seen them feature in a European competition on a regular basis.
Since 2011, they’ve reached five group stages, getting to the Champions League variety in 2014 and 2015.
Last season, they beat Cracovia, Budapest Honved and then NK Lokomotiva but fell in the Europa League play-off round to Granada.
Already this season, Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side have had to come through two rounds of qualifying just to get this far.
In the First Qualifying Round, they edged out Latvian champions Riga FC, winning 1-0 at home and then drawing 1-1 away.
Antonio Colak scoring in both legs.
They then met Veikkausliiga Champions HJK from Finland and it was a similar story.
Once again they won at home, Colak and Anders Christiansen scoring in a 2-1 victory, before drawing away, this time 2-2.
Christiansen and Veljko Birmancevic with the crucial goals at the Bolt Arena in Helsinki last midweek.
So, Malmo remain on course to reach the group stages for the first time since 2015 when they beat Celtic en route.
The reward for the winners of this tie is a match against either Olympiacos or Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League play-off round.
The losers drop into the Europa League play-off round and play Kairat or Alashkert.
Will the Swedish champions make it three successive European home wins at Stadion?
Will Rangers win in Sweden?
As for Rangers, this is their first match in the Champions League since losing at this stage to, coincidentally, Malmo in 2011, 3,653 days ago.
It’s fair to say a lot has happened in the West End of Glasgow since then.
They’ve been all the way down to the Scottish fourth-tier but completed their comeback last season, winning their 55th league title last season but first for a decade.
Steven Gerrard delivering the Premiership title in his third season in charge.
What had been most impressive about Gerrard’s tenure before this had been Rangers’ outstanding performances in European competition.
In the last three season, Rangers have reached the Europa League group phase each time, winning all 11 qualification matches they’ve played.
The group stages was as far as they got in 2018 but, in the last two years, the Gers have got to the round of 16, beating Braga and Royal Antwerp in the knockout phase.
In 2020, Bayer Leverkusen ended their run and, back in March, it was Slavia Praha who dumped them out.
Now though, for the first time under Gerrard, they get a crack at the Champions League, aiming to get into the group phase for the first time since 2010.
At the weekend, Rangers started their Scottish Premiership title defence by hammering Livingston 3-0 in front of 17,000 fans at Ibrox.
Ianis Hagi opened the scoring after just eight minutes before late goals from substitutes Scott Wright and Kemar Roofe sealed the win.
A very strong way to start the season.
Will they now leave Sweden in a strong position with the second leg to come in a weeks time?
Malmo team news vs Rangers
Malmo have had a week to prepare for this game, since drawing in Helsinki, as they were not in Allsvenskan action at the weekend.
Given this, it’ll be interesting to see who Jon Dahl Tomasson goes with as there’s been a lot of changes from one game to the next.
Despite this they’re very settled in a 4-2-3-1, or some variation of that shape.
Johan Dahlin is one guarantee in goal; he’s started all four Champions League ties so far.
Felix Beijmo is likely to return at right-back with Oscar Lewicki missing out.
In the middle, Franz Brorsson could keep his place ahead of Lasse Nielsen; Bonke Innocent and Erdal Rakip are a settled midfield duo.
Anders Christiansen, who scored in both legs against HJK, will look to combine with Antonio Colak who’s scored three times in Champions League Qualifying so far.
Will the home fans be celebrating a win at Stadion?
Rangers team news vs Malmo
As for Rangers, Steven Gerrard rested some of his key players at the weekend against Livingston; what a luxury that is.
Thus, all of the big-hitters will be back in here.
Allan McGregor was one of those left on the bench but the 39 year old, still going strong, will return in place of Jon McLaughlin.
There’s likely to be two changes to the back-line too with Filip Helander and Borna Barisic returning in place of Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey.
Balogun is suspended after being sent off against Slavia Praha in last season’s Europa League.
Helander and Barisic are being eased back in after both were involved at Euro 2020.
James Tavernier will captain the side from right-back; he scored 19 goals last season and 39 overall across the last three seasons.
Impressive numbers for a centre-forward, let alone a full-back.
The midfield trio will also see a change because Glen Kamara is also suspended, disgracefully, for his reaction to being racial abused by Ondrej Kudela.
So John Lundstram, who made his debut off the bench on Saturday, could get his first start alongside Steven Davis with Joe Aribo just ahead.
Scott Arfield is an injury doubt and Ryan Jack is still sidelined.
In attack is where there are the most question marks.
First, Kemar Roofe is the third and final player unavailable after also being sent off against Slavia Praha.
Alfredo Morelos has also not been seen since playing for Colombia at the Copa America.
Thirdly, Ianis Hagi hobbled off against Livingston after just half an hour but there is optimism he could be fit in time for this tie.
Ryan Kent will start on one flank with Scott Wright on the other, if Hagi can’t make it.
Through the middle, Fashion Sakala could keep his place; the Zambian made his debut at the weekend after joining from K.V. Oostende this summer.
He’d get the nod over Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe.
Rangers’ record in UEFA competition qualifiers under Gerrard is played 19, won 13, drawn six, lost zero.
Will they maintain that unbeaten record against the Swedish champions?
Predicted Malmo line-up vs Rangers
Predicted Rangers line-up vs Malmo
Highlights of HJK 2-2 Malmo
Highlights of Rangers 3-0 Livingston
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Malmö FF vs Rangers betting tips: UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round First Leg preview, predictions and odds FAQs
When does Malmö FF vs Rangers kick off?
18:00 (UK), Tuesday 3 August 2021.
What is the best way to watch Malmö FF vs Rangers?
UK: Premier Sports.
What is the 101 Great Goals prediction for Malmö FF vs Rangers?
Malmö FF 1-2 Rangers.