Match Time：8/31/2018 01:00 Friday (GMT+8)
UEFA Europa League-- Molde VS Zenit St. Petersburg
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Molde: Three straight losses ( Recent Form: W W L L L )
For the Norwegian runner-up of 2017, reaching the group stage would be a great success. For this, however, a small football miracle is necessary, as against the strong Russian representatives a 1: 3 from the first leg must be made up for. The star in the team of Molde FK is the coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former winger of Manchester United steers the fortunes of the blue and white. The Norwegians had to go through all three qualifying rounds of the Europa League. Especially in the home games Molde knew how to convince. In the first round Glenavon FC was sent home with a 5: 1 swatter. The games against KF Laci and Hibernian were clearly won 3-0. Goalkeeper Eirik Hestad has already scored six goals in qualifying matches. In the league is the three-time champions currently in fifth place in the table. Due to two defeats in the last two championship games at Stabaek IF (1: 3) and against Ranheim Fotball (2: 3), they have unfortunately lost some of their contact with the leading group and are five points behind the table third. Top scorer in the league is Erling Haland, who has already netted nine times. Coach Solskjaer and his team at home in Aker-Stadion now have to build on the home victories of the past rounds. Personally, he can draw from the full.
Zenit St. Petersburg: Five wins in a row ( Recent Form: W W W W W )
In the last round of qualifying, Zenit made an entry in the history books. After losing 4-2 to Dinamo Minsk in the first leg, they managed a small sensation in the second leg and they turned the duel over in their 8-1 win at extra time. Particularly impressive is that they had to outnumber the 70th minute, but still scored two goals to reach the extra time. The hero of the game was national striker Dzyuba, who was able to net three times. Now it is in exchanged role to defend the lead from the first leg. Lange did not look like a victory against the Norwegians. They led Hestad 1-0 up to 71 minutes before the Russians were able to turn the game in the last twenty minutes. There is no reason for the team of coach Sergey Semak to take the game lightly if you want to avoid a rude awakening. St. Petersburg got off to a good start in the league. The first five league games were all won by Zenit St. Peterburg. The Russian champion from 2015 is riddled with internationals, but has to cope with some losses. Noboa, Shatov and Zhirkov have lost three midfielders. Center-forward Kokorin is not fit enough to be an alternative for Thursday.
THE BETTING VERDICT:
After all, we are building in this game on the home strength of the Norwegians. After eight, for the most part clear home victories, the defeat against Ranheim was the first defeat in weeks for Molde in the Aker Stadium. In addition, the guest from St. Petersburg must refrain from important players, so we recommend the bet of Molde. Alternatively, over bets in this game are absolutely playable.
Molde VS Zenit St. Petersburg
O/U Pick: Over 2.75 goals
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