Sarpsborg vs Molde by 20legend
Sarpsborg 08 made it on 2nd place in the 1.division last season, and quallyfied for Tippeligaen 2011. They made an impressive run last year with 16-6-6 in total and 54 points, only 2 points behind the winners of the 1.division Sogndal.
Sarpsborg hasn't the economy to buy new players into their squad, so therefore they have pretty much the same troop as last season in the 1.division. They have some key-players that has to deliver this season if Sarpsborg 08 are going to avoid relegation this season.
Last year, Morten Giaever (11 goals), Øyvind Hoas (8 goals) Tom Erik Breive (9 goals) and Martin Wiig (7 goals) contributed to secure Sarpsborg 08's step up in Norway's best league. Sarpsborg has to trust these players again, but it is a different level this year.
Molde FK is one of the biggest favourites in challenging Rosenborg BK for the title. The 20LEgend in Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has returned home as Manager, and has made big expectations around Molde FK infront of this season.
He has made some new signings in Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Midfielder, Manchester United Reserves), Joshua Gatt (Winger, Michigan), Davy Claude Angan (Striker, Honefoss BK) and Borre Steenslid (Centre back, Viking FK) before this season.
Steenslid is on a long term injury and will not be able to play in the next weeks. Molde FK has 2-2-2 in their last 6 friendly games, but Solskjaer used all the players in his troop in these matches. Noone really knows how Solskjaer will do as Mangaer, and he has not revealed any potensial starting-lineup. Therefore it will be very interesting to see how Solskjaer will set his team and wich formation he will use.
This is the first game of the season and its usually very hard to predict the first games in Tippeligaen. However, Sarpsborg 08 has the same troop as last season, and meets the best teams in Norway, which is totally different from 1.division. Sarpsborg 08 is expecting in the very bottom of the table and relegation after the season. Molde FK on the other hand, have the pressure to make up for a horrible season last year.
Molde FK has a better and wider troop, with both experienced and young technical players. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench aswell, Molde FK should be able to take off some of the pressure by winning this first game. If Molde FK will challenge their main rivals Rosenborg BK for the title, they must win games against relegation candidates like Sarpsborg 08.
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