Malmo vs MOL Vidi
Everything is going according to plan for Malmo FF who held off to beat Cluj and eventually progressed to face MOL Vidi from Hungary. These two teams are similar in the way of striking from an underdog perspective. Neither side were favorites against Cluj or Ludogorets, but still kept their discipline and played tactically solid matches.
MOL Vidi (former Videoton) is a known strong home side, but a completely different away team. This can be seen in the previous season where they had a 13-4-0 home record in Hungary, but only 7-4-5 as visitors. The competence surely exists on the sideline, in Serbian coach Marko Nikolic who has a proven track record of managing teams in Balkan and central European regions. His current record with MOL Vidi is 27-14-8 to date, which shows that this team is difficult to beat.
Ludogorets from Bulgaria were heavily dominant in the first leg in Bulgaria, but Vidi defended well showing their structured skill. The return leg in Hungary was more equal, after Vidi taking the lead shortly after Ludogorets picked up a red card in the first half.
The key players include Stefan Scepovic and Marko Scepovic. The two Serbian strikers are undoubtedly offensive threats. There is international experience in midfielder Szabolcs Huszti with many Bundesliga matches, and right back Attila Fiola has 24 caps for Hungary. Center back Roland Juhasz with experience from Anderlecht and 95 caps for Hungary as well. In other words, this might not be a known team, but surely have loads of experience for this competition.
Malmo FF continues their unbeaten run with coach Uwe Roesler and the city is starting to come together for the Champions League journey hype. Cluj did put up a great fight in the away match and scored from a spectacular overhead kick to take the lead. Malmo came out in the second half looking like a new team, and Icelandic international Arnor Ingvi Traustasson scored a long-range screamer to equalize.
For the Swedish side, they often rely on their home advantage which might be one of the most underestimated football experiences in Europe when the stadium is full. MOL Vidi will be shocked by the hostile home environment, similarly to what Cluj's player Djokovic said:
- "I really feel like a professional football player in this environment. The support was amazing from the Malmo fans."
Malmo has been listed as clear favorites but it is very dangerous in my opinion. These are two equal teams with two coaches who rarely experience losses. Surely, the home factor is the biggest key but MOL Vidi have defended for over 90 minutes in Bulgaria and they survived. It is too difficult to pick a side in my opinion, but goals should not be expected to come easy. Two tactically disciplined teams smell under 2.5 goals to me.
Malmo vs MOL Vidi prediction
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.70 with Bet365