Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Molde and Gent take on each other at Aker Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of Thursday’s program. Molde have been scoring goals for fun of late, with the team rolling over Bodo 4-1 in the Eliteserien derby, and they must be high on confidence ahead of the Conference League opener. Keep in mind, though, that all Ellingsen, Haraldseid, Linnes, Sinyan, and Ulland-Andersen have been struggling with injuries of late.
Gent, on the other hand, failed to impress the Europa League double-header with Omonia, and given their anything but good display in a 2-1 loss to Charleroi, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the Group F opener. All De Sart, Owusu, and Tissoudali should miss out with injuries. The two teams meet for the first time ever in the Europa League.
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.
Highlighted Team (Gent):
Gent are a Belgian football club that plays their home games at Ghelamco Arena. The venue has been the club’s home ground since 2013 and the capacity of the stadium is 20 000. De Buffalo’s participate in the Belgian Pro League and they clinched their first domestic trophy in the 2014/2015 season.
Gent finished the regular part of the season in second place in the standings, but they eventually climbed to the top position in the table in the play-off. The club won their third Belgian Cup trophy in 2010 and it has to be noted that they defeated Club Brugge in the Belgian Super Cup in 2015. Laurent Depoitre scored the winner for Gent three minutes before the final whistle.
A number of top-class players were part of the team in the past and the likes of Victor Fernandez, Johan Boskamp, Bob Peeters, Trond Sollied and Michel Preud’homme are some of notable footballers who played for Gent in the past.