Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Eleda Stadion will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Malmo and Dudelange, the two teams who meet for the first time in European competitions. Malmo suffered a shocking elimination in the Champions League qualifiers, with the team losing the double-header with Zalgiris of Lithuania. The Sky Blues aim to return to winning ways as soon as possible, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Dudelange.
Important attacker Isaac Thelin is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while both Mahame Siby and Oscar Lewicki are out of contention with injuries. Dudelange, on the other hand, aim to make amends for the loss to Pyunik, but seeing that Malmo are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return to Luxembourg empty-handed. Midfielder Anders Christiansen is banned for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Niklas Moisander):
Despite playing for Ajax during his youth career, Niklas Moisander began started playing for Finnish side TPS at senior level. However, after making 17 league appearances for the club in the 2002/2003 season, he returned to Ajax on 5 June, 2003. Moisander played for Jong Ajax in Beloften Eredivisie and in 2006 he joined Zwolle.
The Finnish defender signed for fellow Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar in 2008 and he spent four years at the club. In 2012 he returned to Ajax and he started playing for the Amsterdam Arena outfit on regular basis. After making 77 league appearances for Ajax between 2012 and 2015, he joined Sampdoria on March 2015 on a free transfer.
Moisander signed a three-year deal with the club and he played 22 league games for La Samp in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. At the end of the season he moved to Werder Bremen. The former Ajax footballer was born on 29 September, 1985 in Turku, Finland.
Highlighted Team (Dudelange):
F91 Dudelange are the most famous Luxembourg club. Dudelange play their home games at Stade Jos Nosbaum stadium, which can hold no more than 2,558 spectators. Dudelange clinched their 14th trophy in the national championship in the 2017/2018 season, with the team finishing the campaign five points clear of Progres Niederkorn.
As a result, the Luxembourg champions booked their place in the Champions League qualifiers, but they failed to make it to the group stages of the elite competition as they were beaten by MOL Vidi of Hungaria in the two-legged tie. However, F91 Dudelange were producing thrilling displays in the Europa League qualifiers and, as a result, they make it to the group stages of the competition where they will face the likes of Milan, Real Betis and Olympiakos Piraeus.
The Luxembourg side wear sky blue and black shirts and black shorts when playing at home, whilst they away colours are yellow and black.