Norway Eliteserien – Molde v Kristiansund Preview (4/11/17)

Match Preview

Molde are in second place and must win this match in order to prevent Rosenborg winning the title today without a ball being kicked. But more importantly the three points would solidify their own silver medal aspirations. I wouldn't say Molde are necessarily the second best side in Norway right now. In my personal opinion Sarpsborg or even Stromsgodset are better or at least their equal. However, Molde have an incredible knack of scoring goals at the right time, especially late in matches. It’s amazing how many late goals have picked them up wins this season! Is it pure luck? It can’t just be a coincidence but I feel there is definitely an element of flukiness about it.

Kristiansund have done really well in the last few weeks to give themselves a great chance of avoiding relegation but the hard work still isn't over. They would be near enough safe by now had they not lost to rock bottom Viking, or blown late leads against Aalesund and Odd recently. This is a local derby so both teams will give their absolute all. Kristiansund will be well supported on the road and there should be a nice atmosphere. These two teams have played each other twice this season and Molde have won 1-0 and 2-1 (cup) respectively. KBK have kept things close each time and I expect they will again. But ultimately, I think Molde will find a way to win, and considering the fact KBK have been conceding late goals I wouldn't be surprised if we see the hosts grab a winner after the 80th minute mark, or even later.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: None

 

Player importance explanation: K =Key, X =Regular XI starter, B = Bench player