Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Honved and Malmo square off against each other in a highly-anticipated game at Hidegkuti Nandor Stadion in the Europa League second qualifying round. Honved made a slow start to the new domestic campaign, and it is no surprise the odds have been dropping for away win. The Hungarians outplayed Inter Turku in round 1, but they will have to be at their sharpest in Thursday’s clash if they are to advance to the third qualifying round.
The Blues, on the other hand, are on a quest to regain the Allsvenskan trophy. Malmo are on the right track to win the Allsvenskan title, but they have big ambitions for the 2020/21 Europa League campaign as well. Kiese Thelin will be the man to watch in the away team, but the opposition defenders should have experienced attacker Ola Toivonen at bay as well. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Honved lack in match sharpness.
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 (Malmo):
Founded on February 24, 1910, Malmo are a Swedish team that compete in Allsvenskan league. The Blues welcome their rivals at Stadion, Malmo, the venue which was opened in April, 2009. It is important to note that the stadium can hold up to 22,500 supporters of which 18,000 are seated.
Malmo are the most successful Swedish side, with the team winning their 23rd domestic trophy in 2017. The Blues finished the season seven points clear of AIK, scoring 63 goals and conceding 27 in the process. Speaking of the club’s European success, Malmo did well to make it to the European Cup final in the 1978/1979 season, but they eventually failed to win the trophy.
The Swedish side were beaten by Nottingham Forest in the title game (0-1), with Trevor John Francis scoring the only goal of the match. Malmo wear sky-blue shirts and white shorts when playing at home, whereas their away colour is black.