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Malmo vs Chelsea in the European league

With the memory of their worst-ever Premier League defeat still fresh in their minds after a 6-0 hiding by Manchester City, Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri will be looking for a response when they travel to Malmo in the Europa League.

The Blues’ crushing defeat has increased the pressure upon their Italian manager to produce results, and the former Napoli man will be hoping that the trip to Sweden can reignite his side’s form.

Their hosts have not played since last year, with their new domestic season not set to start until April, which could suggest there will be a rusty edge to proceedings.

But having shipped 10 goals in their last two away games, Chelsea will be desperate to avoid another defeat – and that concern could be their very undoing.

Game Malmo vs Chelsea
Date Thursday, February 14
Time 8:00pm GMT / 3pm ET
Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

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US TV channel Online stream
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BT Sport 2 and will be available for streaming on the BT Sport Live app.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live

 

Squads & Team News

 


Position Malmo squad
Goalkeepers Melicharek, Dahlin, Tannander
Defenders Nielsen, Brorsson, Bengtsson, Ahmedhodzic, Andersson, Binaku, Safari, Larsson, Vindheim
Midfielders Christiansen, Lewicki, Bachirou, Innocent, Adrian, Rakip, Rieks, Traustason, Nalic
Forwards Antonsson, Gall, Strandberg, Rosenberg, Molins

New signing Dusan Melicharek will likely get the nod to start in goal after being handed the No.1 shirt by the hosts.

Otherwise, Uwe Rosler has several choices to make over who he considers to be a first-choice player for the season ahead.

Confirmed Malmo starting XI: Dahlin, Vindheim, Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari, Traustason. Christiansen, Bachirou, Rieks, Rosenberg, Antonsson.

Position Chelsea players
Goalkeepers Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Cumming
Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Luiz, Christensen, Ampadu, Emerson
Midfielders Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic
Forwards Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ruled out with a back injury for Maurizio Sarri, while the Italian has also revealed that he will rest Marcos Alonso for this tie.

With a looming FA Cup clash on Monday against Manchester United too, there could be some squad rotation with fringe players handed a chance.

Most notably, Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain have been left out of the starting XI, allowing Olivier Giroud and Willian to return to the attack.

Confirmed Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson; Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Willian

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