Odds BK vs Molde Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups and Betting Tips
The round 10 weekend schedule will be wrapped up at the “Skagerak Arena” in Skien where Odd welcomes Molde on Sunday night. An upcoming match is part of the 2017 Eliteserien fixtures as we have two sides showing absolute contrast in their form. This certainly makes the stakes high, especially for visitors from Molde who head to Skien losing three games in a row.
On other hand Odds BK looks really solid and Dag-Eilev Fagermo’s men are keen towards their sixth successive win in both domestic competitions.
Head-to-head history: Odds BK vs Molde
Last year (2016 Eliteserien) both clubs were winners of their home games. First match took place in Skien where Odd won 2-0 after two second-half goals by Oliver Occean and Rafik Zekhnini.
Molde won 4-2 on its “Aker Stadion” three months later (in August) when score still was 2-2 before end of regular 90 minutes. Molde took a 2-0 lead with a brace of Icelandic forward Björn Bergmann Sigurdarson but Odd restored the draw in space of 10 minutes – 72-82. However, two late goals by Tobias Svendsen and Harmeet Singh were crucial for the final outcome in Molde.
Eliteserien: Odds BK vs Molde 21.05.2017
Odds BK and Molde perform on both sides of the pole as we have hosts winning five games in a row, while Molde arrives without a victory in last five Eliteserien rounds. Meanwhile, Molde won a Cup game over Volda (team from 3. Division), which has been followed by a 3-3 draw vs Sandefjord and three defeats in last three rounds.
Thus Molde remain with 11 points won in 9 games and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side enters into round 10 finding itself in second part of the 2017 Eliteserien standings. Their last league success was more than a month ago (17 April) when Molde stunned (4-0) Vålerenga at home.
Odds BK have confidence and consistency on their side and Dag-Eilev Fagermo must maintain the focus of his squad. They have won 0-10 over a 3rd Division opposition (Hei) in the Norwegian Cup and unlike Molde, Odd’s massive result has been followed by a fabulous winning streak. This includes four consecutive wins over Vålerenga, Lillestrøm, Strømsgodset, Haugesund and “Oddrane” boasts with fact they have conceded once only in these games.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
All positive results in past weeks are making Odds BK runner-up, having just two points less to reigning champion Rosenborg (before round 10’s beginning).
Odds BK finished third in the 2016 Eliteserien campaign and Dag-Eilev Fagermo is surely tempted to take another step further. That was the second time Odd won bronze medals in last three seasons so the team looks steady in top part of the table. Unquestionably everyone’s aspirations in a Skien club are dreaming for the trophy and for a decent European performance, but how reasonable that is? Well, a good run can be a sudden part of making the dream come true so Odd have all chances to claim sixth in a row, fifth in the Eliteserien.
Dag-Eilev Fagermo will chase the victory without injured central defender Fredrik Semb Berge who still recovers while Swedish midfielder Martin Broberg is closer to fitness, but not expected to start yet.
Head coach of Molde and legendary striker of Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær has more concerns besides the poor form. Leaving the losing streak aside Molde’s boss must find a way out from that crisis without injured Petter Strand and Mattias Moström, whilst Knut Olav Rindarøy and Babacar Sarr are both doubtful.
Odds BK vs Molde Betting Prediction
Artificial turf at the “Skagerak Arena” won’t be an issue for Molde who play on the same pitch at their “Aker Stadion”.
Misfiring Molde have no doubt suffered from the injury of Senegalese midfielder Sarr. With fellow “duracell bunny” Petter Strand also out, Molde’s central line has been left looking a bit light. While this seems kind a plausible explanation for their recent loss of form, it doesn’t quite excuse it. There are still plenty of good players available for selection and Molde really should be doing much better than this.
All arguments are backing hosts Odd who return at home after a fine midweek win over Haugesund (0-2), but like we stated, we expect more by Molde.
Our betting prediction goes on the scoring markets and exactly upon “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “Skagerak Arena”, Skien.
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen.
Possible Lineups of Odds BK and Molde
Odds Ballklubb: Sondre Rossbach – Thomas Grögaard, Vegard Bergan, Steffen Hagen, Espen Ruud – Fredrik Nordkvelle, Fredrik Jensen, Jone Samuelsen – Pape Pate Diouf, Riku Riski, Olivier Occean. (4-3-3)
Molde Fotballklubb: Andreas Linde – Christoffer Remmer, Joona Toivio, Stian Gregersen, Ruben Gabrielsen – Fredrik Brustad, Eirik Hestad, Isak Ssewankambo, Fredrik Aursnes, Sander Svendsen – Björn Sigurdarson. (4-5-1)