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Malmö vs Royale Union Saint-Gilloise betting tips: Europa League preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise are competing in Europe for the first time in 58 years although, watching them play, you certainly wouldn’t know it.

Against the odds, the Belgian side won their first three matches in this group, including a 3-2 victory when Malmö visited Leuven.

Union SG’s unbeaten record looked set to end on matchday four, finding themselves 3-1 down at home to Braga.

Nevertheless, second half goals from Dante Vanzeir and then Victor Boniface salvaged a thrilling 3-3 draw at Den Dreef.

All of this leaves Karel Geraerts’s team top of Group D, knowing a victory in Sweden will ensure they stay there.

In complete contrast, Malmö were European Cup Finalists in 1979 and have competed in seven UEFA group stages in the last 11 years, three of which were in the Champions League.

Åge Hareide’s side were beaten in Berlin a fortnight ago, ensuring their European campaign for the second will end next Thursday.

Also, given that Malmö are seventh in the Allsvenskan, with just two games to go, they will not be in Europe next season, unless they win next year’s Svenska Cupen.

All the form points towards a Royale Union Saint-Gilloise victory at Stadion.

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