Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Molde at Estadio de la Ceramica in the first leg, Hoffenheim will be looking to book their place in the last 16 with a win over the Norwegian outfit at their PreZero Arena. The Bundesliga side are brimming with confidence ahead of the return leg as they rolled over Werder Bremen 4-0 in their last league match, and it is no wonder bookies see them as favourites to win Thursday’s clash.
Molde have not been in action in the national championship since December 19, 2020, and given Hoffenheim’s current form, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Israel international Munas Dabbur scored a brace in the first leg, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Serbia international Mijat Gacinovic, who suffered an injury in the win over Werder Bremen, is unlikely to feature against Molde.
Highlighted Player (Pavel Kaderabek):
Pavel Kaderabek is a Czech Republic defender born on 25 April 1992, who has enjoyed a bright start to his professional career. Coming through the youth ranks at Sparta Prague and gaining some first team experience during a loan spell with Viktoria Zizkov, the right-sided defender was finally able to show what he is capable of during the 2012/2013 season and he didn’t need a lot of time to make the next step in his career.
After scoring impressive 10 goals in 76 league appearances for Sparta Prague, Kaderabek joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015, shortly after he had established himself as a starting right-back in the Czech Republic national team.
The talented footballer helped Repre make it to the Euro 2016 finals by starting 9 qualifying matches, once again proving his killer instinct by scoring two goals. Pavel Kaderabek looks set to become one of leading players of the new generation and a big club move may not be far away either.
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.