Malmo FF vs CFR Cluj

Malmo appeared very calm and controlled the happenings in Romania, against a very poor Cluj side. The Swedes say they were a little surprised to not be put under more pressure, and in the end, it was a fully deserved victory where the final result was written 0-1. The crucial away goal for Malmo is something to build on when they return home to a city who breathes a lot of optimism at the moment.

However, let us begin with the first match between these two. Cluj did not let this performance go unpunished and sacked coach Edward Iordanescu since the players reportedly did not really buy into his leadership. Instead, Antonio Conceicao was appointed. He has been in Cluj before and is a respected name within Romanian football and the three titles won in Romania.

The poor result against Malmo was followed up with a 0-0 draw versus Calarasi, which should be seen as a poor result given the expected positive feelings that should surround the squad after going through the changes on the sideline. The trio up front, Deac, Tucudean, and Omrani showed very little but are fully capable of generating dangers.

Malmo might not currently sit in an attractive place in Allsvenskan, but that is a result of having a really poor start to the season under coach Magnus Pehrsson. He was replaced by Uwe Roesler from Germany, which proved to be vital for Malmos season. He is still unbeaten since appointed and the team itself has seen an incredible rise in performances. Several victories have been lined up and they have started to climb in the standings.

They also acted on the transfer market when bringing in attacker Romain Gall (13/7) from Sundsvall. Also, they will get back midfield engine Fouad Bachirou (8/0) after missing the first match in Romania. To add to the positives, Malmo is preparing for a deeper run in the Champions League, as they added Guillermo Molins from Panathinaikos as well. He will however not be playing quite yet but is seen as an icon in the city.

Without a question, the Swedes looked great in Romania and also in general under the new coach. They played a good mixture of possession and more direct. At home, they are always difficult to beat, and supporters are starting to fill the stadium more each game. It is generally hostile when Champions League qualifiers come to Malmo. Surely, Cluj is unpredictable after they also changed their coach but that is more of a quick fix, and expected to take a few more games before results will go Cluj's way. At this price, I have to go with the hosts who are in their best shape since the 2016 season.

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Malmo FF vs CFR Cluj prediction

Malmo FF wins @ 2.00 with Bet365

Result: 1-1 (lost)
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  1. Tavy23 says:

    I think you are being a little subjective when it comes to Malmo.Malmo dominated first game in the first half but in the second half they had only one shot.They dominated in the first half just because CFR was coached by Edi Iordanescu.He was accused at Astra also that he is too afraid to attack and that’s what he did in the first half of the first game.If you ask me he wanted even a 0-0 in the first leg,he just didn’t want to receive a goal.In the second half he felt obligated somehow because they received a goal at home and CFR became more present in the offensive and there I saw Malmo shaky in defense.Don’t get me wrong personally I put a livebet in 20th minute on Malmo DNB at odds almost 3 because I saw Iordanescu’s style of play and it was pure value.Now i’m taking a different approach just because CFR changed Iordanescu and they will attack more and i’m sure with Malmo’s defense they could score.My bet is CFR over 0.75 goals at odds around 1.90.Another thing which a journalist mentioned in Romania is that for teams in Romania now is the season final,because they put all their power to reach an European group stage for the money they will receive.I could talk more about CFR but in short lines is this:a new investor came last year,they invested a lot of money to win the championship and hope to win his money back from Europe.That’s why Edi Iordanescu was sacked after 3 games (even tough in one of them he won the Supercup).I wouldn’t be surprised if the players would be given extra money if they pass Malmo.Good luck on your tip but this time I will go the other way.

  2. Sweem says:


    Thanks a lot for the insightful input. I recognize the pattern that Cluj is doing, and what Malmo is doing as well. You mention investments and money being a factor. For a Swedish club, Malmo have spent a lot of money and missed out on Europa League and Champions League last season = not good for the finances. This year, they are doing it again (buying expensive players with big salaries) so they are quite in a “must reach” EL or CL situation. The squad is now very deep, they can deal with injuries and replace with almost a better player.

    I fully agree that Cluj is unpredictable compared to first leg, which I also write, quoting from the preview: “Cluj is unpredictable after they also changed their coach but that is more of a quick fix”. Definitely, a quick fix to make up for the money invested. I find it hard to just sack a coach and suddenly go and win an away game in Champions League Qualifiers. I normally am very “negative” towards Swedish clubs, but Malmo currently have a squad that can make it to the group stages if they continue this way. The atmosphere on the stadium will be 100x more hostile than in Romania, many teams are surprised when they come there. There is just a lot more harmony in Malmo than in Cluj, which is the reason for my pick

    I sincerely thank you for your input, and wish you luck in your pick. We can agree that it will be a highly interesting one

  3. Georgeous says:

    According to the info above and your perspectives, I think now that both teams to score would be the best option here. It can be a good rezult for the host team if the match ends 1-1 since tuey wom from away.

  4. Skippo says:

    I agree with you Georgeous , i think BTTS will be good value here because both Teams will give everything, 1-0 is a win but a big risk. Good Luck guys, i have already put in Malmo to win with home Advantage and Fans on their side. Cluj will Play will leave the game open while Malmo will Play with care .

  5. danlaw says:

    nice previews guys!

  6. Marko says:

    Oh yes, this preview is just amazing and wonderful. Hats off guys. Btts seems a good choice

  7. vedran says:

    Malmo will win here.This year Malmo is looking very good and playing just the style that I want to see. Think that Sweden football is a little bit better than Romanian, so I think that Malmo with the help of their fans can win here and go to the next round

  8. Obinna says:

    Good review guys but my take on this game is Malmo win or draw and under 3.5 goals. I feel it’s safe enough guys

  9. Aer says:

    0:1 Jesus

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