Football Tip: Malmö FF vs. Jönköpings Södra IF
With the summer break in Sweden now well and truly over, teams at both ends of the Allsvenskan are looking to pick up points as they battle for both the title and survival in the top-flight. Malmo are the form team in Sweden, with Magnus Pehrsson’s men currently sitting four points clear of their closest rivals as they hunt a second consecutive title.
The title favourites take on a struggling Jonkoping Sodra side on Saturday 22nd July, with the emphasis on the home team to collect all three points. However, the visitors have a habit of causing upsets on the road, with the bookmakers offering long odds on them collecting any sort of result. Let’s take a closer look at the two teams, as well as our top betting tip for the match.
Four wins from their last five matches demonstrate the form that Malmo have been in so far this season, with the likes of Jo Inge Berget and Pawel Cibicki among their star performers to date. With just one defeat in their opening 15 matches, the task facing J-Sodra is certainly a tough one. Malmo have the joint best goal scoring record in the division, however Sirius demonstrated last weekend that their defence is vulnerable on occasion.
However, with the likes of Marcus Rosenberg, Anders Christiansen and Oscar Lewicki in their squad, they are always likely to find the back of the net. Meanwhile, former J-Sodra loanee, Cibicki, will be looking to give a reminder as to just how highly rated he is in the Swedish game.
Jönköpings Södra IF
Jonkoping have won just three games all season, with their run of poor form having left them just seven points above the relegation zone. Manager Jimmy Thelin will need to quickly resolve his team’s lack of goals, with the strugglers managing an average of just one goal per game, as brother Tommy continues to struggle in front of goal.
Summer signing Árni Vilhjálmsson is fit again, and the emphasis will be on the Finnish international to find his scoring boots. Meanwhile, Northern Irishman, Daryl Smylie is the team’s main creative talent in midfield.
Top Betting Tip
Despite performing relatively well during their first season in the Swedish top-flight last year, J-Sodra have struggled immensely this time around, making Malmo the clear favourites for this weekend’s encounter. The league leaders are strong at the Swebank Stadion, and look set to further cement their place at the top of the table. As a result, our top betting tip for the match is to back at home win, which can be found at best odds of 1/3 with bookmakers Ladbrokes.