Last season’s runners-up Molde are having a tough time in the Eliteserien this time around, but can they put that behind them on Saturday? They have a home clash with Stabaek, and they’re aiming to bounce back from a defeat last weekend. Meanwhile, the visitors come here struggling against the drop, so they’re going to need points on the board in order to climb away from the bottom three. Can the visitors turn around their poor campaign with a much needed win on their travels?
The away side were only midtable in the Eliteserien last time around, but they’d love that kind of security this season. They’re sat in 14th place, on course for the end of season relegation play off. They’re also just three points ahead of the bottom two, so things could still get worse for Stabaek this season. Can they avoid slipping further in to danger with a victory on Sunday?
Recent history doesn’t give Stabaek much hope of a result. They’ve won just three of their last 20 trips to Molde, while the last of those victories came over 12 years ago. Of late, Molde have won seven of their last nine at home to Stabaek, while the last six encounters at this ground have seen the hosts hit at least two goals. They won 3-1 in this fixture last year, and on current form it’s difficult to see this match going any other way.
Molde aren’t having the greatest season, but they’ve mostly struggled on the road so far. They have the third best home record in the top flight, and they’ve managed five victories in their seven games here in the league. Having averaged 2.1 goals per game this term at this ground, Molde should have little trouble racking up goals, while they’re set to take on a side with next to no form on the road.
Stabaek have yet to win an away game this season, scoring just six times in seven matches. They’ve got the second worst points return on the road in the Eliteserien, thanks to losing five of their last six trips. They’ve suffered a defeat at every top half side they’ve visited, while Molde already have four wins against the current bottom five. This weekend’s fixture should complete the set, and we expect them to secure a win on Saturday. We’re going for Molde to claim a victory, while a 2-1 home win is our correct score prediction here.
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Both teams have scored in three of the last four meetings between these two teams.
Etzaz Hussain is banned for the hosts, while Martin Ellingsen is ruled out for the next two months.
The visitors come in to this clash with Marius Østvold and Håkon Skogseid on the injury list.