Molde v Haugesund
With 6 games left to play Molde are five points clear at the top of the table. They are unbeaten in 13 games and look set to win the Eliteserien if they keep up this sort of form. The pressure from below has never really come with both Bodo/Glimt and Odd both cocking up in recent weeks. Molde do have a few difficult fixtures remaining, such as a trip to Rosenborg but they keep churning out results in these sort of games which is keeping them at the summit. MFK have a superb 9-2-0 home record and no team has beaten them at the Aker Stadion this season. Molde appear to have all bases covered and have plenty of quality depth all over the field. They appear to be in a really good place and the two week international break might have even been beneficial, allowing them to step back and assess the situation.
This will definitely be a match they strongly target three points out of. To be fair, any home match would be the exact same for MFK as they expect to be successful in front of their own fans. Haugesund arrive here in good form and will be no mugs. They might draw too many games for their liking but the visitors have been playing some impressive football. The emergence at long last of Martin Samuelsen has been a big boost for them. There were high hopes for the on loan West Ham man pre season. But only now after being given a solid run in the team has he managed to deliver the goods. I don’t think Haugesund will roll over by any means but I just see Molde as having too much quality overall. They are extremely formidable at home and at their best will beat anyone in this league. Considering the excellent home stats, backing MFK on a -1 Asian Handicap makes a ton of sense to me.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Molde -1.00 at 2.010
Bodø/Glimt v Mjøndalen
It has been an extremely valiant effort by Bodø/Glimt to challenge for the title this season. Everyone expected them to fade away easily come the summer but they have hung in there. Of course, a few dropped points in recent weeks have maybe been costly but they’ve kept Molde fairly honest. The title may well be beyond them such is the quality that Molde possess, but Glimt will just want to finish as high as possible. A silver medal would be a very fine accomplishment and fully deserved based on their magnificent season. Bodø/Glimt have made Aspmyra Stadion an absolute fortress in 2019, winning 9 out of 12 games. Only Brann have managed to leave with all three points in the bag. Bodø/Glimt score goals for fun in front of their own fans, whacking in a massive 34 in just 12 games! Glimt have been feasting on some very good quality sides at home this season so surely lowly Mjøndalen won’t possess much of a challenge.
The visitors won’t go down without a fight but recent results have been poor. I just feel at this stage of the season the demands of a top flight Eliteserien campaign is starting to catch up with them. Fundamentally, there just isn’t enough quality talent within their squad. Mjøndalen have a very poor 1-5-6 away record in 2019, which is the third worst in the league. They offer a physical challenge but lack technical ability compared to most teams. The reverse fixture ended in a ridiculous 5-4 win for Glimt as Håkon Evjen struck in the dying seconds with an amazing strike. I am expecting goals again here and certainly wouldn’t want to put off anyone backing over 3 or 3.25 goals. My preferred pick is to take Bodø/Glimt on a -1.25 Asian Handicap though. Their clean sheet ability is improved of late and Mjøndalen are the sort of side who can often time waste and have a negative gameplan. MIF might grab a goal from a set piece or something but I see a scoreline around the 3-0 or 3-1 mark here.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Bodø/Glimt -1.00 at 1.980
Preview by: @meatmansoccer.