Wolfsburg will host Malmo in the first fixture of this Europa League knockout stage phase. The more known Bundesliga side will count as obvious favorites against the Swedish team.
Malmo are travelling with over 4000 supporters which promise to make noise. There have however been drastic changes in Malmo since progressing from the group change. Immediately after the famous victory against rivals Copenhagen – Malmo decided to part ways with coach Uwe Roesler. While his results were impressive, the performances were not going in the right direction.
Instead – Danish legend Jon Dahl Tomasson is the new Head Coach of Malmo and his mission is to implement a more brave team who dares to dominate possession and generally play more attractive football – although perhaps not on road games like this. The Swedes had a training camp in Spain to prepare for this Europa League fixture since the Swedish season is still two months away. In other words, it is a Malmo side in the pre-season phase, which should really not serve as a benefit in a match like this.
Squad wise – The players who have been added to the team are striker Isaac Kiese Thelin, on loan from Anderlecht, who is a tall strong target player. Also, central defender Anel Ahmedhodzic, a young centre back who did well in the Danish league.
Malmo have no fresh injuries and will be able to travel with a healthy squad.
Wolfsburg are on a three-game unbeaten run in Bundesliga after a long period of losses. There are still questions around their defensive part, as they very often concede goals with just one clean sheet in the last ten at home. However, with Wout Weghorst coming off a Hat-trick in a victory against Hoffenheim, it is a confident group of players at this point.
Wolfsburg team news
Defender William (16/1) and midfielder Camacho (0/0) is a long term absentee, and defender Marin Pongracic (2/0) is out as well
It is an incredibly unpredictable Malmo team who are going to Wolsburg. However, the Germans have several upsides compared to Malmo. They should be more match fit, they have better size and physique, they play at home and are coming from confidence strengthening victory in Bundesliga. Too many factors point at a home victory here.