Molde vs Zenit
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Aker Stadion, Molde.
Zenit performed two miracles in a single game in the previous round of the competition. They first came back from a four-goal deficit to force the Dinamo Minsk tie into extra-time where they found themselves in a hopeless situation after Leandro Paredes got sent off and Belarusian outfit scored a goal. However, Semak’s men went on to bag four within 11 minutes to pick up a demolishing 8-1 victory at the end and get just one step away from the group stage of the competition.
The Lions got even closer to the goal by beating Norwegian Molde 3-1 in the first keg of the play-offs tie and they travel to Aker Stadion high on confidence aiming to confirm the favourites tag and seal the deal in the reverse fixture.
Molde’s form will be of a huge help for the Russians given that the hosts head into the match off the back of three consecutive defeats, each of which saw them conceded three goals. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thus clearly has reasons to be worried ahead of Thursday’s fixture given his men will once again be up against the red-hot attacking line of Zenit’s.
Molde vs Zenit: Head-to-head
The match played last Thursday at Saint.-Petersburg Stadium was the first ever head to head affair between the two sides.
It looked ideal for Molde at the half time as they had a one-goal cushion thanks to Eirik Hestad’s goal which came three minutes before the interval.
Nevertheless, Semak’s men bagged three within the final 20 minutes of the game to gain a massive edge ahead of the rematch at Aker Stadion.
Molde vs Zenit: Prediction
Molde dropped down to fifth place in the domestic league after back-to-back defeats to Stabaek and Ranheim.
Their horrendous defensive shape will be the music to the ears of Artem Dzyuba who notched four goals so far in the competition for Zenit. The Russian forward will have plenty of space to deliver here knowing that Molde have to go forward looking to annul the two-goal deficit and we can really expect an open contest packed with goals when these two likes take on each other at Aker Stadion.
The Over 2.5 goals FT bet is paid at 1.61, while you can alternatively go with Zenit to net two or more goals in the match at 1.83.
Molde vs Zenit: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61
Zenit Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.83.