Molde vs. Haugesund Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 17, 2022 18:00 CET
Finally, Molde has climbed to the top of the Norwegian League table, but now they need to keep winning in order to secure first position.
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For two years in a row, Molde looked at the back of Bodo/Glimt, but this season things are starting to change. After half of the championship, Molde is in first place and they currently hold pole position. Winning the title in Norway is very important because the champion has almost guaranteed group stage in European competition. On the other hand, the second-placed team must go through three qualifying rounds in the Conference League.
How difficult it is to pass the Conference League qualifying, Molde felt the best last year. Two seasons ago, they played in the Europa League round of 16, and last year they were eliminated in the Conference League qualifying by Trabzonspor. Molde was extremlly unlucky. They drew a team that had a weak coefficient, although the quality was much better. They confirmed that later when they won the Turkish League.
Molde will have again to go through three rounds of qualifying to play in the Conference League group stage, and they will start new campaign on Thursday. Before that, they want to achieve another win in the Norwegian League and thus keep the first place in the table.
For en spiller, for et mål! 🥰 pic.twitter.com/dwOUKHxXZR— Molde Fotballklubb (@Molde_FK) July 12, 2022
Since 2010 when they qualify for the Norwegian League first time in their history, Haugesund never been in danger of relegation. Unfortunately for them, the situation is quite different this season. After 14 rounds, they are in 13th place and only one point separates them from the dangerous zone. In the coming period, they will have to play much better in order to improve their position.
Haugesund is a financially stable club and many players are from this city or the surrounding places. Of course, they have few foreigners in squad, and the best scorer is the Senegalese striker Alioune Ndour. Regardless of the poor results, the board management didn’t make any changes. For several years now, head coach is Jostein Grindhaug. He is in the club since 2009 in various roles.
In the last seven rounds, Haugesund collected only seven points. The biggest problem is a very weak defense, since they conceded the most goals of all the clubs in the Norwegian League. They can hardly hope for a big result at Molde, but they certainly won’t give up without a fight.
10.07.22. Foto: Kjell Bua. pic.twitter.com/bqegJwsV3o— FK Haugesund (@FKHaugesund) July 10, 2022
Molde loves to play against Haugesund. They have 10 consecutive wins against them. Haugesund last time scored points against Molde back in 2017 when the score was 0:0.
Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Eirik Andersen won’t play for Molde due to injuries. All players are available for Haugesund.
Molde vs. Haugesund Prediction
Although they will be without two important players, Molde must continue with wins in order to retain first place. Haugesund is a much weaker team this season and they can hardly get points at road. For safety reasons, Asian handicap -1 is in this case better option than -1.5, because it can happen that Molde wins by one goal difference. In that case the bet would be void.
Date and Time: 17.07.2022 18:00 CET
Pick: Molde -1 (AH)