Malmo vs Rangers Prediction: Champions League Third Qualifying Round on 03.08.2021
The Champions League third qualifying round takes place this week, as clubs look to take strides to qualify for the group stages of the elite competition. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will be looking to take control of their tie against Malmo in Sweden on Tuesday evening.
Champions League Third Qualifying Round Preview
Malmo continue their hunt for Champions League qualification in the third qualifying round. The Swedish giants have already safely made it through two rounds of qualification, as they beat Riga and HJK in the previous two. Malmo needed to be at their best to overcome Riga, as they claimed a narrow 2-1 victory on aggregate. It was another testing fixture in the following round, as they edged past HJK with a 4-3 aggregate success.
Malmo have made home advantage count in both previous rounds, as they have won both home games, before drawing the ties away from home. They managed to see off HJK in the previous round with a 2-2 draw away from home. Their opponents opened the scoring early, before Malmo turned the game around with goals from Anders Christiansen and Vejko Birmancevic. However, they were denied a first victory on the road in the competition as HJK fired back with 12 minutes remaining.
Rangers enter the Champions League at this stage after winning the SPL title last season. The Gers were dominant in the league last season, and the Champions League will be high up on the priorities for Gerrard this season. Rangers come into this third qualifying round game after opening their season with a dominant victory at Ibrox against Livingston on Saturday. Ianis Hagi, Scott Wright and Kemar Roofe scored the goals in a 3-0 victory.
Malmo vs Rangers Head to Head
Rangers and Malmo last met in the 2011-12 Champions League campaign. It was the Swedish side that managed to get through on that occasion, as they won at Ibrox, and claimed a 1-1 draw in Sweden. Malmo will be hopeful of maintaining their impressive record against Rangers this week.
Malmo vs Rangers Prediction
This first leg will be integral to Malmo’s chances of reaching the next round. The Swedish side will need to avoid defeat and ensure that they are still in the tie ahead of the return leg. Malmo’s form in the competition at home to this point has been strong. Therefore, a draw could be the best bet.
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