Molde vs. Viking Stavanger / Tippeligaen – This is the derby of the round in Norwegian championship, because it brings us the third and the fifth team on the table which are only one point away. Molde is a team that is better ranked which was expected, given that everyone expected this team to be the biggest rival to the leader Rosenborg, but it did not happen and Molde lags eight points ahead behind before this round. Viking can be satisfied with placement, as well as the fact that they have seven wins, as much as Molde. Viking is in somewhat better shape, because they are undefeated in the last three rounds, while Molde plays changeable and they are winning at home and losing away with an unexpected elimination from the Cup. Last season, Molde defeated Viking 4-1 at home, while it was 2-1 in Stavanger for Viking, which also celebrated in the Cup with a convincing 3-0. Begins: 03.07.2016. – 18:00 CET
Molde was the absolute ruler of the Norwegian football two seasons ago and they won both trophies, but they have completely failed last season and besides not defending the trophy in Cup, they ended the championship in sixth place, so they were left without European scene, where they were really good last season and they reached the 1/16 finals in Europa League. They are not doing too good this season, but they are undefeated at home with five wins and one draw. They are having problems when playing away where they already have three losses.
They are in a series of tough matches and it all started with a duel against Stromsgodset which was resolved in their favour, but they were defeated against Odd Skien away. Then they defeated Brann, while they in the last round with 3-1 lost a big derby by Rosenborg. In that game, defender Forren and midfielder Aursnes both got the third yellow card, so they cannot play in this match, while in the meantime striker Gulbrandsen moved to Salzburg. Midfielder Gatta is having problems with injuries, while the experienced Gudjohnsen is at the European Championship in France with the national team of Island.
Probable lineups Molde: Horvath – Toivio, Gabrielsen, Rindaroy, Flo – Svendsen, Singh, Strand, Mostrom – Elyounoussi, Amang
Viking can be satisfied with their performance so far, with the proviso that this team looked a lot better at the very beginning of the season, but they are not bad in the last three rounds either. What characterises Vikings’ game are matches with a few goals and they are among the less efficient teams, while their defence is pretty good. They played only two draws so far and both ended with 0-0, while they suffered all four defeats without any goals scored. So, when they score, then the Vikings football players win and we need to especially emphasize their effect when playing away which is the best in the league till this round and they have already celebrated four times out of Stavanger.
They lost only once in the last six rounds, and there is also a local draw against Sogndal, which they compensated with an away triumph against Lillestrom, and they spiced it all with a home win over Bodo in the last round. They performed with exactly the same composition in the previous two rounds when they were winning, with the proviso that they had four different scorers. Now coach Jonevret will certainly make at least one change, because midfielder Ibrahim is unable to perform due to suspension.
Probable lineups Viking Stavanger: Austbo – Danielsen, Soares, Mets, Haugen – Sverrisson, Jorgensen, Kronberg, Haukas – Adegbenro, Abdullahi
Molde vs. Viking Stavanger PICK
Viking is unpleasant when playing away this season, but Molde is even more convincing as a host, and when we take into account the individual quality, we expect that Molde will be dominant and some to a victory that would take them to the European positions.
Pick: Molde wins
Odds: 1.67 at bet365 (down to 1.57 can be played)