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Malmo FF v Chelsea: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team news, preview and how to watch the Europa League clash with BT Sport

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Malmo FF v Chelsea live stream and TV coverage will be available across the BT Sport network as the Europa League reaches the round of 32.

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We'll be live from 8pm on Thursday 14 February on BT Sport 2 HD to see if the Blues can earn a crucial away win in Sweden to take a giant leap towards the last 16.

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The award-winning BT Sport app will also provide a live stream, while the game can be watched via our enhanced video player on both digital platforms, providing goal alerts and an interactive timeline that allows you to re-watch key moments from the game that you might have missed.

The game is part of a mouth-watering week of Europa League football on BT Sport, as Arsenal and Celtic join Chelsea in search of a crucial first-leg advantage.

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Malmo FF v Chelsea: Match preview

Chelsea visit Malmo at the Swedbank Stadion hoping to put their dismal domestic form behind them.

The Blues have never lost to Swedish opposition, drawing 0-0 on their two previous visits to the country, but Maurizio Sarri's side could not be in a worst state going into Thursday's all-important first-leg tie.

Chelsea's 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday was their biggest top-flight defeat since 1991 and the pressure is well and truly on Sarri as his side prepare to resume their European campaign.

Sarri and Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta were both forced to apologise to fans after reigning FA Cup champions shipped six goals away from home just 10 days after they were humiliated in a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth on the south coast.

Having previously accused his players of being 'hard to motivate', the former Napoli manager has conceded his team's current form is his responsibility.

"In the last three matches away we've played very badly so we need to say sorry," said the 69-year-old Italian, who has now been installed as the bookies favourite to become the next manager to lose his job, while Blues captain Azpilicueta described the result as "one of the worst nights in my career."

Attention now turns to Thursday's opponents, 20-time Swedish league champions Malmo, who qualified for the knockout stages as runners-up in Group I.

All eyes will be on Sarri, who has been accused of being overly-reliant on Jorginho and 'too tactical', according to sources quoted in recent media reports.

The Italian recently admitted the Chelsea job is proving tougher than he expected, but insisted he won't adopt a 'plan B' to replace 'Sarri-ball'.

Asked if he was struggling to adapt to English football slower than he thought he would he said: "Probably yes, but I knew very well it's very difficult.

"The level is very high and this team played another [style of] football. They won with another football, so it's really very difficult. But we can do it. We can improve, change mentality and play our football."

"I want to do well playing plan A," said Sarri, who has stuck rigidly with a 4-3-3 formation that employs the out-of-form Jorginho as a holding midfielder.

"I don't want to change something that at the moment doesn't work very well. I want to see my football played very well. Then we can change something.

"Everybody 10 years ago knew Barcelona won everything - because they played their football very well. So first of all I want to play my football very well."

Sarri know he desperately needs a result on Thursday to buy himself more time to prove his way is the right way for Chelsea and Roman Abramovich. 

Malmo FF v Chelsea: Team news

In-demand winger Callum Hudson-Odoi could be thrown into action as Sarri looks to resuscitate Chelsea's season with some much-needed youth and enthusiasm.

The 18-year-old remained at Stamford Bridge in January despite being the subject of several big-money bids from Bayern Munich. He missed Chelsea's defeat to City through illness but is expected to be fit and available for Thursday.

Gary Cahill could miss out once again through a minor back injury. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who scored a hat-trick in Chelsea's group-stage win over BATE in October, could also feature.

With Jorginho, N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic all struggling for form, Sarri may opt to give the young England international a chance to impress in Sweden.

For the hosts, Guillermo Molins is likely to miss out through injury while both Oscar Lewicki and Franz Brorsson will be assessed ahead of Thursday's first leg.

Marcus Antonsson, who has scored five goals in his last six matches - including the winner against Besiktas - is set to start up top.

Malmo FF v Chelsea: The Managers

Malmo boss Uwe Rösler: "They started the season in an impressive manner. Obviously the results lately have not been to the standard of Chelsea. When you are at that level with the squad they have at their disposal, criticism and unhappiness come to the surface. Chelsea is not an easy club to manage.

"I think we will get opportunities. I have seen there are areas we can cause them problems.

"The odds are against us. The odds are £18m turnover to 450m turnover. But who thought Leicester would win the Premier League? The stadium will be cooking.

"Everyone is looking forward to this game, and we have been speaking about it for six weeks."

Chelsea boss Sarri on slump: "I'm surprised because at the beginning of the season we played better away than at home so I don't know what has happened but at the moment we are in trouble.In the last three or four matches we were without a reaction from the first difficulty so we need to understand.

"It is difficult to describe our performance, it's difficult also to understand. We started well but after four minutes we conceded a goal in a stupid way.

"We had only to stay in the match but the reaction was not good. In the 20 minutes after the first goal we made a lot of mistakes against the wrong opponents because they played some fantastic football."

Malmo FF v Chelsea: Key facts

  • This will be the first competitive encounter between Malmö and Chelsea. Malmö have lost four of their five games against English opposition, in all competitions. The only exception was a 2-1 home win against Nottingham Forest in the first round of the 1995-96 UEFA Cup.
  • Chelsea – one of seven teams to remain unbeaten in this season’s Europa League group stages – have lost none of their four previous encounters with Swedish opposition, in all competitions (W1 D3). Their two away games both ended goalless.
  • Malmö are unbeaten in their last eight home games in European competition – qualifiers included (W2 D6), that’s two short of their record (10 games between September 1975 and November 1979). All seven of Malmö’s goals in this season’s Europa League have come in the second-half.
  • Chelsea completed 3,943 passes in this season’s Europa League group stages, more than any other team and more than double Malmö’s total (1,904).
  • Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has scored four goals in his last three Europa League games, more than in his previous eight appearances in the competition (3).

Malmo FF v Chelsea: Betting odds

Malmo 15/2

Draw 15/4

Chelsea 4/11

Odds correct with bet365 at time of writing

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