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DROGHEDA'S OPPONENTS: Malmo (Sweden)

WHO ARE THEY?

They're only the top team in Sweden in terms of history and trophies, with 16 leagues and 14 cups on their record, also reaching the European Cup final in 1979. Pretty handy outfit.

ANY FAMOUS NAMES?

No stand-out names in the squad but still a handy panel, with six current Swedish internationals, also internationals from Finland and South Africa.

CURRENT FORM?

Decent. Malmo are fourth in the Swedish league, four points off the top with 12 games gone.

EUROPEAN RECORD?

Reaching the European Cup final in 1979 (they lost to Nottingham Forest) was their peak in Europe, they came close to the Champions League group stages in 2005 but were surprisingly beaten by Swiss side Thun. They also had a bad experience in Ireland as they were knocked out of the Intertoto Cup by Cork City in 2005, a rare win for an Irish club against Swedish opposition.

GOOD DRAW FOR THE FANS?

Not the worst in terms of travel as Malmo is easily accessible, though Ireland fans know from their trip to Stockholm in March how expensive the place is. And Drogheda supporters have travelled in decent numbers to places like Norway, Finland and Sweden for European games in recent seasons.

HAVE DROGHEDA A CHANCE? Not a sniff, being honest. At their peak under Paul Doolin a decade ago, when Drogheda could match Scandinavian teams, they'd have stood a chance at least in this tie. But United's domestic record is poor (four successive league defeats before the mid-season break).

There is the attraction of a clash with Pat Fenlon's Hibernians if they progress, but hard to see Drogheda doing anything in this tie.


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