Our prediction for this Europa League match:
A spot in the Europa League last 32 will be at stake when Malmo and Dynamo Kyiv face each other at Swedbank Stadion on Thursday evening. Malmo failed to win the domestic title, but they are surely capable of making it to the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Sky Blues are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and you should bear in mind that they recorded five wins in the previous six home games in the Europa League.
One of the men to watch in the home team will be experienced striker Marcus Rosenberg, who scored 13 goals in the national championship last season. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, aim to retain their spot in the top two. Dynamo Kyiv are undefeated in the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign, but given Malmo’s thrilling home record, we are tempted to put our money on Uwe Rosler’s troops.
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 (Dynamo Kyiv):
The most successful football club in Ukraine, Dynamo Kyiv has not been relegated to a lower division since its inception in 1927. First founded as a part of the Soviet Dynamo Sports Society, Dynamo Kyiv became a member of the Ukrainian Premier League after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Over the course of its rich history, Dynamo Kyiv has won the total of 28 national titles, 13 of which came during the Soviet era. In addition, Dynamo Kyiv won 20 national cup competitions, while it also grabbed 3 major continental trophies, including two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups. Oleh Blokhin remains to this date the most successful player of the Ukrainian giants with his 266 goals scored for the Kyiv club.
However, current Ukraine national team head coach Andriy Shevchenko is arguably the most recognisable player in Dynamo Kyiv history. Former Milan and Chelsea star scored the total of 124 goal during his two stints with the Ukrainian club.