Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Molde and Rapid Wien go head to head at Aker Stadion in the second round of the Europa League group stages. Molde are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in all competitions, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Both Aursnes and Hestad return to contention following domestic bans, while Haraldseid remains in the recovery room.
The Norwegian outfit defeated Dundalk on the road in their Europa League opener, and they are surely capable of matching Rapid at home ground. The Austrians, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Arsenal. The Austrian club have been scoring goals for fun in the national championship of late, and given Molde’s attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
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 (Rapid Vienna):
Rapid Wien are considered the most successful club in the history of Austrian football. In 2008 the capital club won their 32th domestic title and in 1995 they clinched their 15th Austrian Cup trophy. Die Grun-Weissen were founded back in 1898 as Erster Wiener Arbeiter-Fussball-Club and one year later the club was renamed to Sportklub Rapid Wien.
In 1904 the club’s colours were changed to green and white and they have been wearing green and white shirts ever since. In 1985 Rapid made it to the Cup Winners Cup final and it has to be noted that they participated in the final competition in 1996 as well. Famous German footballer Lothar Matthaus was in charge of the team between September 2001 and May 2002, but he failed to record a good result with the Weststadion outfit.
Weststadion has been the home ground of Rapid Wien since 16 July, 2016 and you should bear in mind that the capacity of the stadium is 28 000. Rapid’s fiercest rivals are Austria Wien.