Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
There will be fireworks when Molde and Wolfsberger face each other at Aker Stadion in a highly-anticipated Conference League qualifier. Molde have defeated the likes of Elfsborg and Kisvarda on their way to the playoffs, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play. Experienced midfielder Magnus Eikrem has overcome his injury, and he is likely to return to the starting XI following a one-month absence.
The Austrians, on the other hand, booked their place in the final qualifying round by rolling over Gzira in Malta 4-0. Wolfsberger look sharp in front of goal as well, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 3.5 goals. There are no injury worries in the away team, but Croatia international Dario Vizinger is pushing for a rare start after scoring as a substitute in a 2-1 loss to Salzburg at the weekend.
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 (Wolfsberger):
Welcoming their rivals at Lavanttal-Arena, Wolfsberger are an Austrian side that compete in the Bundesliga, the Austrian top flight. GAM FC footballers wear black and blue shirts and black shorts when playing on home soil, whilst white is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Wolfsberger finished the 2018/2019 Austrian Bundesliga in fourth position in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League group stages for the first time ever. The Lavanttal-Arena outfit were placed in Group J, alongside Borussia M’gladbach, Roma and Istanbul Basaksehir.
GAM FC did well to win the Austrian First League in the 2011/2012 season, with the team finishing the process six points clear of second-placed Altach, but they have yet to win the Austrian Bundesliga trophy. It has to be noted that SV Ried and AT SV Wolfsberg are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.