Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Molde and Hoffenheim face each other in a highly-anticipated game at Estadio de la Ceramica in the Europa League last 32, first leg. Since the game will be played on a neutral location, Hoffenheim are seen as hot favourites to win the first leg, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Molde have not been in action since December 19, 2020, which is yet another reason why home win should not be considered.
The Bundesliga side proved their worth in a 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund, and they are surely capable of beating the Norwegian outfit behind closed doors. Even though the likes of Akpoguma, Bicakcic, Geiger, Hubner, Nordtveit, Sessegnon, and Stafylidis are likely to miss the game with injuries, we are tempted to put our money on Hoffenheim, who are more of a team than Molde.
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 (Hoffenheim):
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a German sport club from Hoffenheim in the Baden-Wurttemberg region. The football division played in season 2001/2002 for the first time in the Regionalliga Sud: the third highest football division in Germany. In 2007 the club managed to get to the 2. Bundesliga. One year later in 2007/2008 the club even managed to reach the Bundesliga .
Hoffenheim plays its home games in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena Rhein-Neckar-Arena which was built in 1999. The venue holds a capacity of 32 000 and is one of the most modern stadiums in Germany. The club colors of Hoffenheim are blue and white. The most known nickname for the club is Hoffe. The most famous football player that played for Hoffenheim was Luiz Gustavo.