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Malmo vs HJK Predictions & Tips - Malmo to edge Nordic rivals in Champions League

  • Malmo vs HJK tips for Wednesday's Champions League second round qualifier first leg
  • The match is being played at Eleda Stadion (6.00pm BST)
  • Malmo have won to nil in 3 of their last 4 matches
  • Malmo are tipped to take a first leg advantage
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gary Emmerson 20 Jul 2021
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Malmo vs HJK Predictions


Both sides top their domestic leagues as they look to defend the titles. Malmo have an excellent home record and are a notch up on the Veikkausliiga rivals HJK have been facing. 

Malmo are tipped to take a first leg advantage with a narrow victory.

  • Malmo have won their last 5 home matches (all competitions).
  • Malmo have won to nil in 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Malmo have scored 10 goals in their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • Malmo's Antonio Colak has scored 6 goals in his last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Malmo's Antonio Colak has scored the first goal in his last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • HJK are undefeated in 28 of their last 29 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


Malmo and HJK have met three times in friendlies since 2009 with all three ending in wins to nil for the Swedish champions.

Malmo Form


Malmo earned a 2-1 aggregate win over Riga in the first round of qualifying to progress to this stage.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side won 1-0 at home through Antonio Colak's goal. He also scored the opener in the second leg which ended in a 1-1 draw in Latvia.

Malmo maintained their two-point gap at the top of the Allsvenskan on Saturday when winning 5-0 away to Degerfors.

Colak got the opening goal again and Adi Nalic, Anders Christiansen and two from Veljko Birmancevic completing the scoring.

Malmo Team News


Midfielder Ola Toivonen continues to be sidelined with a knee injury.

Antonio Colak is the key man for Malmo have scored six goals in his last five matches, including getting the opening goal in the last four.

HJK Form


HJK secured a 30th Veikkausliiga title last season, finishing seven points clear in Inter Turku.

They also reached the final of the Suomen Cup, which they lost on penalties to KuPS after a 0-0 draw.

Toni Koskela's side have dropped just four points all season in the league to lead KuPS by five points.

HJK did see a 28-game unbeaten run in all competitions brought to an end of Saturday when they lost 2-1 away to the Veikkausliiga's bottom side AC Oulu.

That defeat was sandwiched between a dominant first round qualifying win over Buducnost, who they beat 3-1 at home and 4-0 away. 

HJK Team News


Toni Koskela made nine changes from the side which beat Buducnost, and the second string failed to impress against AC Oulu.

Expect HJK to revert back to the team which starred in the second leg victory last week.

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Verdict

Malmo can take the upper hand from the first leg with another win to nil. The Allsvenskan champions are tipped to win to nil with Antonio Colak likely to the hero again.

Best Bet: Malmo To Win To Nil @115.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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