Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Eleda Stadion will host Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier between Malmo and Ludogorets, who face each other for the first time ever in European competitions. Malmo are the dominant force in the Swedish top flight, and, against all odds, they eliminated Rangers in the third qualifying round. Even though Ola Toivonen remains in the recovery room, home win should be considered as the Blues have been producing fine displays in all competitions at the start of the season.
Defender Jonas Knudsen is sidelined with injury as well. Ludogorets, on the other hand, did remarkably well to eliminate Greek champions Olympiakos in the previous qualifying round. However, the Bulgarians are not regarded as good travelers, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Malmo’s party at Eleda Stadion. Ludogorets boss Valdas Dambrauskas can count on key players for the first leg.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Knudsen):
Back in 2004 Jonas Knudsen of Denmark began his youth career at Hjerting IF. In 2006 he joined Esbjerg and he made his first-team debut for the club in a heavy 4-0 loss to Randers. Knudsen became the second youngest debutant in the history of the club and he stayed at the club until 2015.
The 185-cm-tall left back joined Ipswich Town on 31 July, 2015 and his deal with the Tractor Boys expires in 2018. Knudsen used to play for Denmark U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams in the past and he has four caps for the first team. Jonas Knudsen made 41 appearances for Ipswich town in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and he scored one goal for the club on his debut season.
The Danish international is well known for his long throws and journalists in England often compare him with Rory Delap. Knudsen was born on 16 September, 1992 in Esbjerg.
Highlighted Team (Ludogorets):
Bulgarian football club PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, commonly referred to as Eagles, compete at the Ludogorets Arena with the capacity of 8,000. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad are owned by Kiril Domuschiev, who made it his personal goal to propel the club to domestic and international success and to hold up the Bulgarian flag high with nation’s biggest clubs Levski and CSKA going through turbulent times.
Having seen their stock rise astronomically since 2010, PFK Ludogorets Razgrad have become the first Bulgarian club to be features in the UEFA Champions League group stage twice. Previously, their maiden participation happened in 2014-15 season when the Bulgarian club made headlines due to notable results against FC Basel and Liverpool.
Their success on domestic scene has been equally impressive as PFC Ludogorets Razgrad remain the second team in the world to win a treble after being promoted from the second to the first league. Main force of the Bulgarian club are the Brazilian players, currently eight of them in the squad many of whom hold the Bulgarian citizenship.