Mjøndalen v Rosenborg
Rosenborg are in good form, unbeaten in 9 matches and are up to a solid 4th in the table. They are breathing down the neck of Odd and might even have Bodo/Glimt in their sights eventually. It’s taken RBK some time to settle down this season but now they are playing much better football under manager Eirik Horneland. I think the title is too far out of their reach. Making up 10 points on Molde in just nine games is unrealistic. But RBK have to believe they can finish as high as 2nd, or at worst third which would get them into Europe for next season. Rosenborg are of course currently involved in the Europa League group stage and were in action in Austria on Thursday night. At the time of writing the result of their match against LASK Linz is unknown but they can’t afford to prioritise the Europa League just yet.
Horneland has been rotating his squad during European weeks this year and he may do the same again here. Rosemborg have a massive squad at their disposal though and guys like Botheim and Ceide are more than capable of causing MIF problems. One thing we do know is that right winger David Akintola is suspended. I personally worry for Mjøndalen and think they will be ultimately relegated. They just don’t have the quality and I expect Rosenborg to prove too strong for them here. There is a chance the visitors could be affected by their trip to Austria though so i think a better bet is over 2.75 goals.
The clean sheet Mjøndalen picked up at Haugesund last week (0-0) was their first in quite some time. Their defence has looked quite leaky in recent months, whilst for some reason Rosenborg themselves seem incapable of a shutout anymore. I think the strong physical approach from the hosts could cause some problems to RBK, although midfield captain Christian Gauseth is rated doubtful due to injury. The previous meeting between the sides this season ended in a 3-2 win for RBK and a high scoring encounter is what I’m expecting again.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 2.080
Stabaek v Molde
The last round was a very good one for Molde. They comfortably beat Tromso 3-0 at home whilst title rivals Bodo/Glimt and Odd both slipped up. In the case of Odd, their defeat at Viking may well have ruled them out of the title race. It looks like a head to head battle now between Molde and Glimt. Whatever happens on Sunday between Ranheim and Bodo, MFK know that they will still be top on goal difference. So a victory or even a draw here in Stabaek would give them some sort of gap on second place. But it will be all three points they target at the Nadderud Stadion. Molde are unbeaten in ten games, winning seven of those fixtures and scoring plenty of goals in the process. It seems like head coach Erling Moe is preferring Leke James upfront at the moment and Ohi Omoijuanfo is being left out in the cold on the bench. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ohi given the start against his old club this Monday night though. Molde have no new injury concerns and should have a very healthy squad form which to pick from.
Stabaek are fighting for their lives and surprised everyone by drawing 3-3 away at Bodo/Glimt last Sunday. They are a much improved outfit under manager Jan Jonsson and since he took charge nobody has beaten them easily. This can be a tricky venue to play at with natural grass and the crowd getting on top of the opposition players. It’s certainly a ‘banana skin’ type fixture for Molde anyway. However, it’s a test I would expect them to pass. Molde are the best team in the Eliteserien and appear to have confidence all over the field. But it’s especially in midfield and attack where they seem to have some great options, always capable of breaking down opposition defences. MFK can be backed around the even money mark on a -0.5 Asian Handicap but my preferred pick is over 2.75 goals. A good number of Molde away matches have been high scoring this season and we know after last week that Stabaek won’t hold any fear facing one of the top teams. I would expect something like a 3-1 away victory with a very good chance of these overs landing.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 1.870
Preview by: @meatmansoccer.
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