Malmo vs Sivasspor Match Analysis and Prediction

Malmo and Sivasspor will have an encounter at the Eleda Stadion in the first leg of their two-legged Europa League qualifying playoff-round tie on Thursday.

The visitors head into the contest without a win from their opening three matches of the 2022-23 campaign and will be looking to end this dry spell and place one foot in the group stages of the European competition.

Malmo returned to winning ways in the Swedish Allsvenskan as they comfortable saw off Sundsvall 3-1 when the sides met at the Eleda Stadion last Sunday.

A brace from Isaac Kiese Thelin in the first half and Veljko Birmancevic’s 39th-minute goal set the hosts on their way to victory, before Saku Ylatupa pulled one back in the 68th minute.

Mauro Mayer’s side had previously seen their three-game winning run in the league come to an end on August 7, when Marcus Mathisen and Christian Kouakou got on the scoresheet to help Sirius come back from behind and secure a 2-1 victory.

Malmo now turn their attention to the Europa League qualifiers, where they are now two legs away from the group staged of the European competition after securing a 5-2 aggregate victory over Dudelange in the third round.

Sivasspor were denied their first win of the 2022-23 Turkish Super Lig campaign as they lost 3-0 to Adana Demirspor last time out.

Riza Calimbay’s side have now failed to win any of their three matches across all competitions this season, losing 4-0 to Trabzonspor in the Super Cup final on May 7 before drawing 1-1 with Gaziantep in their league opener on August 6.

Sivasspor finished 11th in the Super Lig and secured the Turkish Cup title last season, and will now be looking to claim their first competitive win since May and place one foot in the Europa League group stages.

Malmo vs Sivasspor head to head

The two teams have not previously met in any competition and this will be their first meeting in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying playoff-round tie.

Malmo latest home form

Malmo have recently been on a relatively good run of form at home, having lost just one of their eight most recent matches. They managed to defeat GIF Sundsvall 3-1 in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored 12 goals and conceded four.

Malmo 3-0 Varberg 09/07/22

Malmo 3-1 Sirius 23/07/22

Malmo 0-2 Zalgiris 27/07/22

Malmo 3-0 F91 Dudelange 04/08/22

Malmo 3-1 GIF Sundsvall 14/08/22

Malmo latest away form

Malmo have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just one of their six most recent matches. They drew 2-2 with F91 Dudelange in their last away game in the Europa League. In their last five matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded eight.

Vikingur Reykjavik 3-3 Malmo 12/07/22

Norrkoping 0-2 Malmo 16/07/22

Zalgiris 1-0 Malmo 19/07/22

Sirius 2-1 Malmo 07/08/22

F91 Dudelange 2-2 Malmo 11/08/22

Sivasspor latest home form

Sivasspor have recently been on a good run of form at home, having been unbeaten in their seven most recent matches. They played out a 1-1 draw with Gaziantep FK in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and conceded two.

Sivasspor 2-0 Al Shamal 07/07/22

Sivasspor 1-0 Neftchi Baku 11/07/22

Sivasspor 1-1 Sigma Olomouc 22/07/22

Sivasspor 2-0 Sharjah 25/07/22

Sivasspor 1-1 Gaziantep FK 06/08/22

Sivasspor latest away form

Sivasspor have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having lost each of their two most recent matches. They lost 3-0 to Adana Demirspor in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored five goals and conceded 10.

Rizespor 1-2 Sivasspor 16/05/22

Kayserispor 2-3(E) Sivasspor 26/05/22

Szombathelyi Haladas 0-0 Sivasspor 20/07/22

Trabzonspor 4-0 Sivasspor 30/07/22

Adana Demirspor 3-0 Sivasspor 13/08/22

Malmo news

Malmo will have to make do without the services of forward Adi Nalic, who picked up an ACL injury in the game against Varnamo in April.

Ola Toivonen should spearhead the attack once again, alongside Mohamed Buya Turay and Joseph Ceesay, while Mahame Siby will miss his sixth consecutive game through a hip problem.

Sivasspor news

Sivasspor will take to the pitch without experienced midfielder Hakan Arslan, who suffered a calf muscle injury in the Super Cup clash against Trabzonspor on July 30.

Former New England Revolution defender Samba Camara is also out of contention after picking up a knee injury in May’s game against Kayserispor.

Prediction and Odds

Malmo will fancy their chances of securing the desired results on Thursday as the face a Sivasspor side who are yet to taste victory this season.

We are backing the hosts to secure a crucial first-leg win in front of their home supporters and edge closer to a spot in the group stages.

Odds: 1.82 2.00 2.20

Probable outcomes

Malmo 1-0 Sivasspor

Malmo 2-0 Sivasspor

Malmo 2-1 Sivasspor

Malmo 3-1 Sivasspor

Malmo 3-2 Sivasspor

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