Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Bolt Arena when HJK and Molde face each other in the Champions League second qualifying round, first leg. HJK set up a meeting with Molde by beating Larne after extra-time, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Molde. Defender Miro Tenho serves a one-game ban, while forward Bojan Radulovic is widely expected to return to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Ilves at the weekend.
The Norwegian champions, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 5-1 win over Sarpsborg in the Eliteserien, with the team eyeing their fifth consecutive win in all competitions. Midfielder Martin Ellingsen should be the only absentee in the away team. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Molde have been scoring goals for fun of late in the Norwegian top flight.
Highlighted Player (Magnus Wolff Eikrem ):
Magnus Wolff Eikrem is a Norwegian footballer who was born in Molde on August 8, 1990. As expected, he started his youth career at his hometown club Molde in 2002, but four years later Manchester United scouts brought him to England. Eikrem returned to Molde in 2011, scoring six goals in 68 league appearances for the Blues in the Eliteserien.
After his spells with Heerenveen, Cardiff City, Malmo, and Seattle Sounders, the Norway midfielder made yet another return to Molde in 2018. Eikrem has been playing for the Blues ever since, establishing himself as one of the team’s key players.
Speaking of his international career, he scored two goals in 12 appearances for the Norway U21 team, while making his debut with the senior team in a 1-1 draw with Denmark on January 15, 2012. He replaced Markus Henriksen after 75 minutes. He is the son of former Molde footballer Knut Hallvard Eikrem.