Lillestrom vs Molde
Norway – Eliteserien
Date: Sunday, 5 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Arasen Stadion, Kjeller.
Lillestrom barely saved their top flight status last year, but they shockingly managed to win the NM Cupen silverware beating Sarpsborg 08 3-2 in the final last year. It earned them the right to represent their country in Europa League for the first time in ten years, but it was a dismal adventure for the team led by Jorgen Lennartsson.
Kanarifugla fell right at the first obstacle 1-6 on aggregate to Austrian LASK in the second qualifying round.
They will thus head into Sunday tie with last year runners-up Molde low on confidence, especially knowing that the visitors had a completely opposite experience at the same stage of the same competition.
Molde steamed their way to the third qualifying round in Europa League thanks to a 5-0 aggregate win over Albanian Laci.
Lillestrom vs Molde: Head-to-head
Molde lead the head to head tie by nine wins ahead of 52nd meeting with Lillestrom.
Molde also came on top 2-1 when the two teams played each other in mid-April this year.
Three or more goals were seen in four of last five head to head matches.
Lillestrom vs Molde: Prediction
Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s side started the new Eliteserien campaign in a rather dismal fashion, but their form rose with each new Matchday.
They ended the first half of the season with a demolishing 5-1 victory over Valerenga at Aker Stadion and the aforementioned Europa League success only confirms the strong spell of form ahead of the league restart.
The visitors thus head into this as clear favourites even though the bookies price them up at the sky-high 2.30 odds to grab the spoils at Arasen Stadion.
Moving forward, you cab alternatively try with Molde to net two or more goals on the day knowing that Lillestrom’s defensive line revealed way too many holes in most recent matches. Fugla conceded two or more goals in four of last face games across competitions and as many as six in two Europa League legs with LASK.
Lillestrom vs Molde: Bet Tips
Molde to win @ 2.30
Molde Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.00.