A fortnight after their one-sided meeting in London, holders Chelsea reconvene with Malmo in Champions League Group H on Tuesday.
The pair clash at the Eleda Stadion with the European champions sitting second in the group behind Juventus, while their hosts are rock-bottom, without either a goal or a point.
Malmo finished fourth in their section on both previous appearances, winning one game and losing the other five, which would perhaps represent a realistic target for them to match this time around.
After a challenging period earlier this season, Tomasson has steered his team back to the top of the Allsvenskan table this month, as they contest a close battle for the title with Elfsborg and Stockholm sides Djurgarden and AIK. Successive wins over the latter and Sirius during the past week will have boosted Malmo’s confidence, but they still approach Tuesday night’s fixture with a certain amount of trepidation.
While they have a well-furnished squad to deal with all kinds of occasions, Chelsea’s injury list has been lengthening since both Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner pulled up injured in the reverse fixture with Malmo.
Both forwards are expected to stay sidelined in midweek, while the visitors’ American winger Christian Pulisic remains out of action too.
Midfielder Mateo Kovacic – a Champions League winner with both Real Madrid and his current club – sustained a hamstring injury in training last week and will not return until after the next international break.
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