Hibs v Malmo Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions – Europa League
Scottish side start Europa campaign14th July 2013 / Lee A Jackson
Hibs v Malmo Betting Preview
Despite a mid table finish in the Scottish Premier League, Hibs make a foray into Europe after losing the Scottish FA Cup final against Celtic. With Celtic already in Europe, their cup run gave Hibs access to the Europa League. They take on Swedish side Malmo in the second qualifying round to open their account.
Hibs v Malmo Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Malmo 4/9, Draw 16/5, Hibs 11/2
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Hibs v Malmo Recommended Bet:
Hibernian finished sixth in last year’s Premier League and were brushed aside by Celtic in the cup final and the Scottish side will head to Sweden for the first leg. The return leg will be on July 25th. Hibs have been a participant of the UEFA Cup before, and were last in action back in the 2010/11 season where they failed to make it past the third qualifying round. They lost out to Maribor on that occasion and Hibs have never been past the second round of the UEFA Cup competition. So not a tremendous amount of successful history in the competition to look at for Hibs. Will that hinder their progress this time around, in what could be a difficult match for them?
What could make this more difficult for Hibs is that Malmo are already in their domestic season, being sixteen matches in and topping the table as well. So they will be in top shape, whereas Hibs will be coming into this match a little bit cold. Malmo finished third in the Allsvenskan last season, just three points off the title. After battling past the dogged Drogheda in the first qualification round, the Swedish side, who do have a lot of European experience, will be hoping that their form and match sharpness will be the thing which pushes them further into the competition. Malmo came through a first qualifying round match up against Drogheda, with the first leg ending goalless before the Swedish outfit secured a 2-0 home win in the second leg. Their last exploits in Europe were in the 2011/12 Champions League where they fell at the final hurdle in the third qualifying round, missing out on the main draw. That pushed them into the Europa League where they lost five of their six group matches.
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