Viking is back on the right path, as they were able to break their four matches winless streak in the last round against Stromsgodset when they recorded an away victory with 0:2 result.
They were already a better team in the first part but didn’t manage to materialize their good appearance. It took them a while, but they took the lead first in the 74th minute when a home team’s player scored an own goal. As the match was moving forward to the end, it was clear that the host’s attacks aren’t dangerous enough, and with the goal over Bell in added time, the visitors put an end to this encounter.
Viking is in 12th place at the table, two points ahead of the red zone, so we can expect a more aggressive approach out of them in matches to come.
They will miss goalkeeper Austbo (6/0), defender Hove (3/0) and forward Ostensen (5/1) due to injuries.
Molde did what was expected of them in the last qualification match of the Champion League when they defeated Celje from Slovenia with 1:2, playing away from home, but not that easy.
They went on a break with 1:0 deficit but managed to completely reverse the result with goals over Hussain and James, and didn’t let any surprises to occur in this one. Back at home in the Eliteserien, Molde justified the role of a favorite in the last round, as they defeated their closest rival Odd in a home match, with two goals scored, while being able to keep their sheet clean. With this victory, they ended their two matches losing streak in the Eliteserien, and are beginning to look very dangerous again.
Molde is currently at 2nd place in the standings, seven points behind Bodo/Glimt, and a ticket for the Champions League.
The guests should miss defenders Bjornbak (11/0) and Gregersen (3/1), while midfielder Eikrem (15/3) won’t play due to suspension.
An open match is expected
Both teams having something to seek for in this one. Molde has the opportunity to reduce the advantage that Bodo/Glimt has upon them, while Viking can move away from that playoff place. Both teams have the means and capabilities to be dangerous in this one, and in my opinion, will have a hard time saving their goal in this match.
Molde is a more quality side, but this time Viking should be looking to be as offensive as possible and try to be as dangerous as possible after Molde’s Champions League encounter.