Molde v Hibernian Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 16th August
Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Molde v Hibernian and provides us with his best bets for Thursday night’s Europa League qualifier by analysing team news, potential line ups, head to head, key stats, facts and more.
Molde v Hibernian Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 16/08/18
- Time: 18:00pm
- Venue: Aker Stadion
Scottish side Hibs travel to Norway after a 0-0 draw in their home leg at Easter Road Thursday last. It was a surprise to see such little goalmouth action, especially given the Hibees all or nothing approach in the early parts of the season, a previous qualifier against Runavik ended 12-5 on aggregate! Neil Lennon has done good work in Edinburgh since his arrival, getting to this stage alone is a strong achievement, but Molde present a much bigger step up compared to previous opponents.
Lennon has recently been singing the praises of star man John McGinn who has since left for Aston Villa. His emission will no doubt be a blow. Without his ingenuity, ability to shield to shield the ball and retain possession Hibs could find this ask even tougher. Having said that their remains an attacking threat with Swiss striker Florian Kamberi. Martin Boyle has started the season in phenomenal form and Jamie MacLaren was an eye catching capture from Darmstadt.
Molde are a fairly recognisable outfit to the average punter, regularly involved in these European qualifiers. They’re managed by the famous former Manchester United striker Ole-Gunnar Solskjær and his reputation as a coach is back on the rise after an unsuccessful stint at Cardiff a few years ago. Ole likes to get his side playing attractive, possession based football with an emphasis on midfield interchanging. There’s a young striker that is grabbing the headlines in native Norway and his name is Erling Håland, at just 19 years of age Håland has scored 9 goals in 16 games, an impressive record. With the financial backing of Red Bull, Austrian club Salzburg are closing in on the youngster for a fee north of £10m but he is likely to remain at Molde on loan.
Molde currently sit a respectable 4th in the Eliteserien with 33 points from 18 games. Another factor in their favour here is their pitch, an artificial turf has been in place at the Aker Stadion since 2014 to deal with adverse weather conditions and this is something the home side will be used to, it also suits their slick passing game.
As mentioned John McGinn is no longer at the club. New signing Daryl Horgan will be ineligible for this tie, he has previous Europa league experience with Dundalk.
Potential Molde Starting XI: Linde, Haugen, Forren, Gabrielsen, Strand, Eikrem, Hussain, Sarr, Cibicki, Gregersen, Håland.
Potential Hibernian Starting XI: Laidlaw, Gray, Hanlon, Ambrose, Whittiker, Bartley, Mallan, Slivka, Boyle, MacLaren, Kamberi.
Head To Head
- Unsurprisingly the only previous meeting between these two was the first leg which ended 0-0.
Stats & Facts
- Despite having 54% of possession in the first leg, Molde only had one attempt on target compared to Hibs’ five.
- Hibs scored in 16 of their away games last season.
- Molde have won their last 7 consecutive home games, scoring 26 goals.
Molde have superb home form and their artificial pitch should play into their hands here, I’d expect them to score given their recent record and if so this game should open up due to the away goals rule. Hibs have also been free scoring and I can see them threatening going forward so I’m heading towards the goal markets. Over 2.5 goals has been priced up at odds against quotes and that’s an attractive looking angle. A first half goal should open this up and with the attacking talent on show I’m not expecting a repeat of the first leg. Punters after a bigger price may want to snap up the almost 3/1 shot on both teams to score in the second half should the game start to open up later on.