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Rikard Norling's side have a two-goal advantage going into Thursday's return leg at Easter Road and Willie Duncan expects the Allsvenkan leaders to knock out Pat Fenlon's Hibees

Hibernian face a tough task as they look to overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit against Malmo when the sides meet in the Europa League second qualifying round at Easter Road on Thursday.

Two goals inside the opening 13 minutes of last week’s first leg at Swedbank Stadium saw Malmo coast to a 2-0 win over the Hibees and the Swedes are chalked up as Coral’s 13/10 (2.30) favourites to cement their place in the next round with victory in Edinburgh.

Pat Fenlon’s side, though, will be keen to make a positive impression in their first competitive home match of the new campaign and can be backed at 13/8 (2.63) to defeat Malmo here while the same firm go 9/4 (3.25) that the contest ends in stalemate..

The onus is on Fenlon’s side to throw caution to the wind as they seek to secure a famous victory over Rikard Norling’s men and the Hibees can be expected to attack from the first whistle.

With that in mind, it is little surprise that Coral go just 4/6 (1.67) that both teams hit the target at Easter Road on Thursday while the same firm offer a tempting 10/11 (1.91) quote that the match features more than two goals.

It is worth noting, though, that Malmo have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five games while Rikard Norling’s side have scored in 18 of their last 19 competitive matches in all competitions so this certainly appears to be a tough assignment for the Hibees.

Given their two-goal advantage, Malmo may well be content to contain the threat posed by Hibernian and look to hit on the break so there is a distinct possibility that the Edinburgh side’s European adventure could end with a whimper here.

A single goal for Norling’s charges would all but extinguish any flickering hopes that the Hibees have of setting up a third qualifying round tie with Swansea City and the even money (2.0) quote from Coral for
Malmo to score in the first half represents outstanding value here.

Those seeking to back bigger prices should consider Coral’s correct score market and the chunky 15/2 (8.50) quote from Coral for the Swedish Allsvenskan leaders to enjoy a 1-0 victory over the Hibees is too big to ignore on Thursday night.

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Malmo to score in the first half at even money (2.0) with Coral Malmo to win 1-0 at 15/2 (8.50) with Coral

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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