Norway Eliteserien – Sandefjord v Molde Preview (1/8/20)

Match Preview

It was a good midweek round for Molde as they beat Vålerenga 4-1 and then saw title rivals Glimt blow a 2-0 lead vs Stabaek. They are now only 3 points off the top of the table and will surely be feeling better about themselves. Molde have a fantastic squad which has so much depth in midfield and attack that they can afford to rotate and keep players fresh. I have to say I’ve been surprised by some of the decisions of coach Erling Moe recently, such as starting Ohi instead of Leke James. To be fair, Ohi has scored in both games and Moe has a good knack of keeping players happy by giving them enough game time. Molde still have some injuries in defence but probably won’t be tested much. They face Start in midweek so have a nice couple of fixtures to feast on in the next few days.

I have given Marti Cifuentes plenty of credit this season for obtaining so many points with a poor Sandefjord squad. It looked like he was going to work some more magic on Wednesday evening when they led Kristiansund 1-0 for a long time. Eventually they fell to a 3-1 defeat and the difference was the ability of Kristiansund to make some smart substitutions using their excellent squad depth. Sandefjord have no such luxuries and the hectic schedule has been hard on their legs. They’ll be glad that a more regular routine is soon about to start. I have to fear for them in this clash where they could be overrun physically and technically.

Molde should win and win well. There is a big gulf in class between these two teams at the best of times, let alone when this is the third game in the space of seven days. The obvious pick is to take Molde on a -1.25 Asian Handicap. At very worst they should get the 3 points but really it’s a question of how many they win by. Only a glutton of missed chances or an extremely lucky evening for Sandefjord will prevent this. Molde should dominate from start to finish.

Prediction: 0-3

Recommended bet: Molde -1.25 Asian Handicap @1.91