After securing second place in the Eliteserien last season, Molde have had a troubled start in 2018. They lost to newly promoted Ranheim earlier this week, which has left them sat in mid-table. However, they return home to face another newly promoted side this weekend, but will this be a chance for them to turn their form around? The bookies have made Molde odds on favourites for this clash, but will they live up to that at the Aker Stadion on Sunday?
Start picked up just their second victory of the season last time out, but will they carry that in to this trip? They are sat in the bottom two of the Eliteserien, which has put them on course for a return to the second tier yet again. They’re seeing play-off winners Ranheim flying in the top flight, while Start are stuttering. They’re going to have a tough task on their hands turning that around against a side who are preparing for European football this summer.
Molde aren’t enjoying the best of starts in the league, but they have the talent to turn things around pretty quickly. They also have the perfect chance to change things this weekend, as they are huge favourites to claim all three points. They may have drawn twice when Start were last in the top flight in 2016, but form suggests that this encounter will be a comfortable home win.
Molde have won four of their six home matches so far, with only four sides in the division boasting a better record at their own ground. They also finished last season with four wins in six at home, so they do have some momentum behind them at the Aker Stadion. They’ve claimed 12 of their 17 points this season at their own ground, while Start have been in awful form on their travels.
Start come in to this clash with a single point to their name away from home, suffering four defeats in five trips. They’ve shipped 11 goals in those matches, while they’ve scored just once on their travels. Away form was a key part of their relegation in 2016, and they’re starting this campaign with serious issues on the road. With that in mind, we fully expect Molde to claim all three points on Sunday. They have lost to nil in all of their away defeats, conceding in every trip. Molde already have two victories to nil under their belt, so we see a home win and a clean sheet as the best way to go in this game.
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Molde have a six game unbeaten run to protect in this clash, having scored twice or more in four of their six encounters.
Molde are close to full strength for this one, with Kristoffer Haugen their only absentee.
Håkon Andre Opdal remains out for the visitors, while Erlend Segberg is edging close to a return.