Rosenborg vs Molde by 20legend
It was clear that Rosenborg still came to win as striker Mushaga Bakenga hit the post after just eight minutes of play. It was not a perfect start though as winger Elba Rashani was injured just four minutes later and had to be substituted. Sandefjord was offensive as always with their usual 3-5-2 formation and managed to keep Rosenborg on a distance for the next 30 minutes due to a high pressure. The exception was in the last five minutes before halftime where Rosenborg created two major chances without being effective enough to score. It did not get any better for Sandefjord when defender Victor Demba Bindia got his second yellow card which meant that they had to play the whole second half with one player less.
It took Rosenborg just four minutes of the second half to take advantage of being a player ahead. Midfielder Fredrik Midtsjo received a beautiful pass behind enemy lines from Mike Jensen, he looked up and found striker Matthias Vilhjalmsson who headed the ball into the net. The home team continued to produce chances and let Niklas Bendtner and Pal Andre Helland get the remaining 25-30 minutes of the game. That resulted in one goal from both of them, with Bendtner scoring after 73 minutes and Helland set the score twelve minutes later. It was a fully deserved win that kept Rosenborg on schedule with six points from two games.
Defender Johan Bjordal (1/0) is back in the squad after the injury that kept him out during midweek, while winger Elba Rashani (2/0) got a thigh-injury and is expected some weeks out.
Molde comes to Lerkendal with six points as well after wins against both Kristiansund (0-1) and Lillestrom (2-1) lately. After quite a good start in terms of performance against Kristiansund, I expected Molde to show a good performance against an opponent who not likes the artificial surface. Molde did not deliver however. It was a slow game with a low intensity almost the entire game. The home team did score with their first shot at goal after 30 minutes through Sander Svendsen, but it was not a game where they had the clear initiative. The start of the second half was a perfect example of it as Lillestrom suddenly equalized through a cheap goal actually. That put the intensity of the game even lower and it took Molde until the 93rd minute to get back up from it as coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated himself after the game. It was the newcomer Stian Gregersen who scored the winning goal in his debut.
Left back Ole Martin Rindaroy (1/0) was injured against Lillestrom and had to change early in the game and is doubtful tonight. Defender Isak Ssewankabo (0/0) is still missing out as well.
This derby is massive in Norwegian football and it is therefore not so strange that Rosenborg rested some key-players a bit during last game. The prestige is so high for both players and also the supporters. It has been sold over 20.000 tickets so far which means that it will be an amazing frame around the match as always. Having been at the stadium several times myself, it is not much that can be set up against a fully packed Lerkendal Stadion in Norwegian football. This match did also really deliver on both occasions last season with Rosenborg winning at home (3-1) and away (1-3). The last match was also were the win they needed to celebrate the title last season, so you could imagine that Molde is ready to strike back. However, I see Rosenborg as huge favorites in this match even if it is a derby game. Molde did not step up as expected against Lillestrom, but will certainly try better tonight. It will be fantastic entertainment and a lot of chances as well, especially for the home team. I am looking forward to watching it on TV and have no doubts when picking over 2.5 goals here. The bookmakers have no doubts either as the odds are quite low, but I still think close to 1.60 gives value to this pick.
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|Over 2.5 goals||Pinnacle||1.58||10||Won WON (+5.8 units)|