UEFA Champions League Gameweek 4
Nov 2, 2021 KO: 17:45

Malmö FF - Chelsea

Swedbank Stadion Malmö
Referee: Felix Brych
  56' Ziyech

Match preview

Potential for rare starts – How Chelsea could line up against Malmo

With a number of injuries in the squad, some players on the fringe could get a chance for Chelsea against Malmo.

Fresh from extending their lead atop the Premier League, Chelsea can place one foot in the Champions League knockout stages with a win against Malmo on Tuesday night.

The Blues have won two games in Group H either side of defeat against Juventus on Matchday 2. A win in Sweden could put them within a point of the Round of 16.

But Thomas Tuchel will be forced to shuffle his pack in midweek with a number of key players injured, including Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner who are each set to miss their fourth game since picking up knocks in the reverse fixture against Malmo.

Christian Pulisic is still out having played just once for Chelsea all season, and Mateo Kovacic has recently joined the injury list with a hamstring complaint.

Edouard Mendy should start in goal, with Trevoh Chalobah perhaps given another opportunity in the back three in this breakout season of his.

Antonio Rudiger and Andres Christensen could complete the central trio at the back, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso both hoping to come in on the right and left flanks respectively.

With Kovacic injured and Kante only having just come back from injury, there could be more changes in midfield with Atletico Madrid loanee Saul Niguez likely to come in to play alongside Jorginho.

Mason Mount missed the weekend’s win at Newcastle with an illness and may not be rushed back into the line-up, meaning Ross Barkley could see himself start after a string of substitute appearances of late.

The former Everton man has been in and out of form for a number of years but seems to have worked his way into Tuchel’s thinking.

Hakim Ziyech could join the Scouser in support of Kai Havertz, who will have to start a fourth game in 10 days due to the absence of another fit centre forward.

The Blues have taken big steps on all fronts in recent weeks, opening up a three point lead in the league and advancing to the League Cup quarter-finals, and Tuchel will hope to see that continue in Europe this week.

Chelsea starting XI versus Malmo

Chelsea - Football tactics and formations

Match statistics

Malmö FF
Statistics
Chelsea
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
9
15
Draws
4
1
Losses
7
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
32
38
Goals Per Game
1.60
1.90
More > 2.5 Goals
12
9
More > 3 Goals
6
3
Scored First in a Match
10
16
Scored Both Halves
6
5
Won More > 1 Goal
5
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
27
11
Did Not Score
5
3
Both Teams Scored
10
7
Kept Clean Sheet
6
10
Won Without Conceding
5
10
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
721
Possession
-
59
Passes
-
530
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
17
16
Shots on Target
6.13
5.95
Goals out of Shots
0.08
0.12
Crosses
-
24
Offsides
2.63
2.13
Penalties
0.20
0.25
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.30
0.50
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
15
Interceptions
-
8.25
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
-
15
Total Shots Conceded
11
9.15
Shots on Target Conceded
3.89
3.42
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.07
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
13
12
Yellow Cards
2.15
1.35
Red Cards
0.10
0.10

Injuries

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  5. Sprained Ankle image description
  6. Hamstring image description
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In suspension danger

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