Norwegian Cup: Molde vs Rosenborg
This is the only match for the fifth round of Norwegian Cup that will be played today, due to Rosenborg obligations for the Europa League which starts next Wednesday. The other matches of the 5th round of the Cup will be held on next Wednesday, July 4. The game is knock-out, as all games of the Norwegian Cup until the final. In case of a tie result, extra time follows and if necessary, penalties.
Molde is to the second place of the Norwegian league at the moment, after the draw of Stromsgodset away to Rosenborg on Sunday (3-3), and had no official matches from 28 of May until last Wednesday, when they won 3-2 against Ham Kam and qualified for tonight’s fifth cup round. Molde this season is targeting to both league and Cup, and they will participate in qualifying for the Champions League in twenty days from now. Three competitions in the same arm will be something tough for them, but the progress to Champions League will determine the course of the two other domestic competitions, as their players are not used to such high tasks and will experience unprecedented situations, playing in three events simultaneously. The climate to Molde is excellent currently. They remember well three years ago beating Rosenborg 5-0 again for the Cup fifth round, and they are aiming to repeat that triumph, after seeing that Rosenborg is not to their best at the moment, although it is still a big opponent. No absents for Molde.
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After the league break, Rosenborg has given two official matches since last Wednesday, but they did not showed quite ready in the home league match against Stromsgodset (3-3) last Sunday. With this draw they remained in the fifth place of the standings with 19 points, seven fewer than the first position, where Stromsgodset is located with 26 points. Rosenborg reached up to the fourth round of the Cup, but tonight they have a difficult task since Molde is in very good condition. The atmosphere in the dressing room of Rosenborg is not the best, since the fifth grade position is of course far from their objectives. Please note that Rosenborg starting this season’s Europa League adventure on Wednesday, against Welsh team Crusaders. From tonight’s match will be absent two key central defenders, Stefan Strandberg and Jim Larsen. Main striker Steffen Iversen will sit to the bench. Rosenborg line-up: Örlund, Hovdevik, Ankersen, Dorsin, Rønning, Høiland, Wangberg, Fredheim Holm, Prica, Iversen, Chibuike, Berntsen, Issah, Midtsjø, Svensson, Henriksen, Selnæs, Dockal.
Molde should take advantage of this opportunity. They face Rosenborg maybe to the ideal time for them, and a win will almost ensure their participation to the cup final.
Bet: Molde Win @1.95 with Pinnacle Sports
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