Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Swedbank Stadion will host Thursday’s football game between Malmo and Sarpsborg, who face each other in the Europa League group I. Malmo sit in second place in the standings ahead of their fourth group game and a win over Sarpsborg will see them move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. The Blues produce much better showings at home than on the travels and seeing that they defeated Besiktas at their Swedbank Stadion earlier in the process, home win should be considered. The Norwegians, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers and seeing that they were beaten by Besiktas in Istanbul earlier in the process, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind that the two teams shared the spoils in Norway two weeks ago.
Highlighted Player (Arnór Ingvi Traustason):
Arnor Ingvi is an Iceland international who plays for Swedish side FC Malmo as a midfielder. Born in Keflavik, Iceland on April 30, 1993, Traustason began his senior career at his hometown club Keflavik in 2010. After scoring ten goals in 52 appearances for Keflavik, he moved to Sweden in 2014, signing a deal with Norkopping.
During the 2016/2017 season Arnor Ingvi Traustason was part of Rapid Wien and it has to be noted that he played for AEK Athens on loan as well. In the 2017/2018 season he signed a three and a half-year contract with Malmo for an undisclosed fee. Traustason, who represented Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, wears No. 8 jersey at Malmo.
His main position is left midfield, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well. Traustason’s preferred foot is right and his contract with FC Malmo should expire on December 31, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Sarpsborg 08):
Sarpsborg 08 are a Norwegian side which won the domestic cup six times. In the 2018/2019 season Sarpsborg booked their place in the Europa League group stages, with the team facing the likes of Besiktas, Genk and Malmo in Group I. It has to be noted that they made it to the group stages of the competition by beating the likes of IBV, St. Gallen, Rijeka and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the qualifiers.
The club was founded in January, 2008 and they play their home games at Sarpsborg Stadion, which can hold 6,833 spectators. Sarpsborg 08 have yet to win the national championship, but they finished the 2017 season in third place in the standings, 10 points behind champions Rosenborg.
The Norwegian side play their home games in blue shirts with white stripes, whilst they wear green shirts with black stripes on the travels. Sarpsborg 98 played in Norwegian third tier at the start of the 21st century, but they quickly secured promotion to the elite division.