Chelsea will be looking to go back to winning ways this Wednesday when their activity in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League resumes for them. The Blues were shocked by Juventus last time out, but their match against Malmö will give them a chance to prove that loss against the bianconeri was only a minor setback and that their chances to win the group remain unscathed.
On the other hand, Malmö will enter this game with no points after two games in the continental competition. To make matters worse, the Swedish side has failed to score once in the group stage, while their defense has conceded seven times.
The game will be key for Chelsea to cement their chances of making the next stage with the least possible worries. The Blues have only been able to score once in the group stage, and their fans will surely want to see striker Romelu Lukaku finding the back of the net as many times as he can here. Coach Tuchel and fans around the world will be glad to welcome back N'Golo Kanté to the team's lineup after recovering from a COVID-19 infection.
As for coach Jon Dahl Tomasson, Malmö will suffer the absence of Anel Ahmedhodzic, who is considered one of the best players in the squad and the leader of Malmö's defense. While there is no clear indication of who will fill his void, Niklas Moisander is expected to start as his replacement. That, and four injury absences for the Swedish side, could end up making their trip to Stamford Bridge a living hell.
Here are a few facts and stats ahead of Wednesday's game between Chelsea and Malmö.
Chelsea vs Malmö - Who's in and who's out?
Chelsea - Injured: Christian Pulisic.
Malmö - Injured: Ola Toivonen, Jonas Knudsen, Oscar Lewicki, Patriot Sejdiu. Suspended: Anel Ahmedhodzic.
Chelsea vs Malmö - Head-to-head stats
This will be the first UEFA Champions League game between these teams.
Chelsea have beaten Malmö in their only two meetings. Those games took place in the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League, which would end with the Blues lifting the title.
This will be Malmö's tenth game against an English rival in a European competition. Out of those, the Swedish side has only won once, with one draw and seven losses to English clubs.
Chelsea are unbeaten against Swedish opposition in European tournaments. So far, the Blues have played six games against teams from that country, with three of those ending in wins for the London-based side.
Broadcast info - Chelsea vs Malmö
In the U.K.: BT Sport App, BTSport.com, BT Sport 3.
In Sweden: C More Sweden.
In the U.S.: Paramount+, TUDNxtra, TUDN App, TUDN.com.
In Canada: DAZN.
In the Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Racing.
In Germany: DAZN1, DAZN.
In Brazil: HBO Max.
In Argentina: ESPN Extra, Star+.
In Mexico: HBO Max.
In Australia: Stan Sport.
Chelsea vs Malmö FF Broadcast Information
Stadium: Stamford Bridge (London)
France: Free, beIN Sports MAX 5, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: DAZN, DAZN1
India: JioTV, SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 1 HD, Sony LIV
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Racing
Nigeria: DStv Now, SuperSport Variety Nigeria
Portugal: Eleven Sports 3 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Liga de Campeones 6, Movistar+
Sweden: C More Sweden
United Kingdom: BT Sport App, LiveScore App, BTSport.com, BT Sport 3
United States: TUDN App, TUDNxtra, Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com