Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thursday’s football game at Kybunpark pits together Lugano and Malmo. Lugano are eyeing their first win of the process, and they aim to take advantage of the fact that Malmo lost the Allsvenskan trophy on the last day of the season. The Blues were on the right track to lift the domestic trophy, but Djurgarden’s two goals in the second half of the match against Norrkoping eventually spoiled their party in Orebro.
The visitors must be low on confidence ahead of the trip to Switzerland, which is the key reason why we are tempted to put our money on Fabio Celestini’s troops. Lugano are desperate to stay in the race for a place in the Europa League knockout stages, and we believe that punters can find value in betting on the hosts. When the two teams met in Malmo two weeks ago, the Swedish side emerged triumphant, meaning that the Swiss are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan Sabbatini):
Jonathan Sabbatini is a professional footballer who plays for Lugano as an attacking midfielder. Sabbatini was born in Paysandu, Uruguay on March 31, 1988, but he started his career at the youth team of Liverpool. In 2008 he moved to Italy, signing a contract with Virtus Lanciano, but he made no more than seven appearances in the league for the club.
The Uruguay international was hungry for a first-team football and, as a result, he joined fellow Italian club Chieti in 2009. Jonathan Sabatini managed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Chieti and he scored 19 goals in 88 appearances in the league for the Stadio Guido Angelini outfit from 2009 to 2012.
In 2012 he signed a deal with Swiss side Lugano and he has been playing for the club ever since. Lugano impressed in the 2016/2017 Swiss Super League campaign, with the team finishing the season in third place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the group stages of the Europa League.
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.