Chelsea FC vs Malmo: Champions League – LIVE!

Chelsea will be expecting to get their Champions League group stage campaign back on track as they welcome Swedish side Malmo to Stamford Bridge this evening.

It’s been far from plain-sailing for the defending champions so far, as they scraped past Zenit St. Petersburg in their opener before being beaten by Juventus in Turin prior to the international break.

That result has left the Italians three points clear at the head of Group H, and though the Blues’ fate remains very much in their own hands, given Juve still have to come to west London, Tuchel knows his side cannot afford any more slip ups if they want to finish top and, theoretically, bag an easier last-16 clash.

That starts tonight against a Malmo side who are without a point or even a goal from their opening two fixtures, and who lost 5-1 on aggregate to Chelsea when they met in the Europa League back in 2019.

You can follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below…

Live updates


Lukaku starts in strong XI

So, after all the speculation that Thomas Tuchel might rest Romelu Lukaku and rotate quite heavily, he’s actually started the Belgian and gone with something close to his strongest team.

Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger are both back in the starting lineup after missing the trip to Brentford, while Mason Mount and Jorginho are back in midfield having found starts slightly more difficult to come by in recent weeks.


Malmo team news

Malmo XI: Dahlin, Olsson, Brorsson, Nielsen, Larsson, Peña, Innocent, Christiansen, Berget, Birmancevic, Colak

Subs: Ellborg, Diawara, Moisander, Rakip, Abubakari, Gwargis, Nalic, Elle, Bjorkqvist, Lindman


Chelsea team news

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Rudiger, Christensen, Silva, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kante, Azpilicueta, Mount, Lukaku, Werner

Subs: Kepa, Bettinelli, James, Alonso, Chalobah, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Havertz.


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Head-to-head record

These two sides have met only twice previously in Uefa competition, during the last-32 stage of the Europa League back in 2019.

On that occasion, Chelsea won both legs to triumph 5-1 on aggregate.


Standard Sport prediction

Malmo have conceded seven goals in their opening two games without scoring one in reply and are unlikely to find the going much easier here, even if Tuchel rotates heavily.


Good evening!

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Chelsea vs Malmo in the Champions League.

We’ll have all the team news and build-up ahead of an 8pm kick-off…


Chelsea team news

Thomas Tuchel is considering resting striker Romelu Lukaku, who has struggled in recent weeks after initially hitting the ground running following his summer arrival.

The German can, however, welcome back the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva, all of whom missed the 1-0 win at Brentford.


How to watch

TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on BT Sport 3.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.

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