Malmo vs Domzale for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at Swedbank Stadium.
Since the Swedish calendar is an annual one, Malmo is in the second half of the 2019 season, and since joining the UEFA Europa League vacancy for a place in the competition, they slipped six points in the Allsvenskan title fight, the Swedish First Division.
By scoring a goalless draw on Sunday, July 28, away from home with Ostersunds, they split the lead with AIK, who are also in competition for a place in the Europa League. It has 37 points.
It is only at the top of the leaderboard when the tiebreaker criteria are taken into account, they have a better goal average. However, they have suffered three straight draws in the last few rounds, while their closest rival in the battle for the cup has won all three matches.
During this period, they played three games for the Europa League qualifiers. In the second round of the qualifying series, they had an easy duel against Northern Ireland’s Ballymena, where they thrashed 7-0 at home and 4-0 away.
In the Slovenia match, they were twice behind at marker but managed to react. However, it did so with low offensive production. There were seven finishing opportunities, three of which had the right direction. With possession of the ball very close, Domzale produced 14 chances to kick the goal and hit the target six times.
Domzale had the help of Prva League, Slovenia’s First Division, in their preparations for Thursday’s match. Their schedule was readjusted, so they didn’t had to go on the field last weekend, when games were played for the third round of the 2019/2020 season, gaining more time for athletes to recover.
The team played only two games in the league. They tied on their debut 1-0 home meeting with Rudar. In round two, as a visitor, they lost 4-2 to Ljubljana. The only point earned left the team in tenth – last position in the leaderboard.
In the second leg of the Europa League qualifiers, Domzale passed Malta’s Balzan. They won the first leg 4-3 and completed the service by scoring 1-0 in their home match.
Although showing a loss of performance, with four draws in their last five matches, the home advantage makes Malmo predictable in their win against Domzale as the best guess of Thursday’s second leg matchday of the third round of qualifying for the 2019/2020 edition of the Europa League.