Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Trabzonspor and Molde face each other in a highly-anticipated Conference League qualifier at Medical Park Stadium. Trabzonspor have yet to kick off the new domestic campaign, but they were producing fine displays in pre-season. The club chiefs did well to sign the likes of Bruno Peres, Marek Hamsik and Gervinho in the summer transfer window, and it is no wonder the Turks are seen as hot favourites to win the first leg.
Molde, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Trabzon by beating Servette in the double-header. Considering that the Norwegians were anything but impressive in the 2-0 loss in Switzerland, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home team. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Ohi Omoijuanfo, who has netted 15 goals in the Eliteserien so far this season.
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 (Molde):
Based in Molde, Norway, Molde FK are one of the most successful Eliteserien clubs of the century. The Blues won their fourth domestic championship in 2019, with the team finishing the process 14 points clear of second-place Bodo.
However, Molde failed to defend their trophy the following season as Bodo looked unstoppable in the Norwegian top flight. Speaking of the Norwegian Cup, the Blues clinched their fourth silverware in 2014, with the team beating Odd 2-0 in the title game. The Eliteserien outfit play home games at Aker Stadion, the venue with the capacity of 11,249 spectators.
Thanks to a second-place finish in the 1998 Eliteserien campaign, Molde qualified for the Champions League for the first time ever. As a result, the likes of Real, Porto, and Olympiakos visited Norway. Molde are well known for their blue shirts and white shorts, with the team wearing white jerseys and blue shorts when playing on the road.