Rosenborg vs Molde by 20Legend
Everything is set for one of the most classic derbies in Norwegian football when league leaders Rosenborg welcomes Molde who is desperate for points. Rosenborg has been totally dominant all season with enjoyable football in all aspects so far. The offensive flow is recognizable form the golden 1990-period, and it seems like no teams can bring them down at the moment. They grabbed another three points against Sarpsborg 08 (0-2) last weekend without huge problems – which has been the melody all season as well.
Their offensive profiles was active once again with winger Pal Andre Helland (8/9) and midfielder Mike Jensen (13/2) both finding the net – guided by two assists of midfielder Fredrik Midsjo (13/2). Rosenborg then quickly reset in order to qualify to the next stage in the Norwegian Cup against Tromsdalen (7-1) on Wednesday. It ended badly as usual for the guests, as they were outplayed from start to finish – exemplified by Rosenborg already was leading 2-0 only five minutes into the game. In addition Rosenborg have off course had the game against Molde in mind, and rested some vital players against Tromdalen. Striker Alexander Soderlund (13/12) and winger Tobias Mikkelsen (12/6) did not play at all, while winger Pal Andre Helland (8/9) only played 23 minutes (and scored two goals). Manager Kare Ingebrigtsen has almost all players available ahead of this match. Their only absences are winger Morten Gamst Pedersen (0/0) who has been out all season and midfielder Liam Henderson (9/3) who will return to Celtic after his loan period soon will expire.In addition, defender Holmar Örn Eyjolffson (13/0) will miss out because of his yellow card suspension.
Molde cannot be as pleased as Rosenborg with their performances so far in Tippeligaen 2015. They are in 5th place with only 21 points after 13 games played. That means 11 points up to league leaders Rosenborg and a possible lose tonight will mean 14 points behind – which will almost certainly mean game over in terms of defending their title from last season.
They managed a draw against Valerenga (0-0) who is also a team in the top 3. It was a rather unlucky game for Molde as they should have managed to score at least two goals. Midfielder Etzaz Hussein had a shot in the left post that could have gone in, while their striker Ola Kamara missed two enormous chances right in front of the goal. That has also been the melody for Molde all season. The margins have not been on their side and their most important players have not been on the level as in previous seasons. Vegard Forren (12/1), Harmeet Singh (13/0) and Ola Kamara (13/8) are only three of their profiles that have disappointed so far. Molde has been inconsistent especially on natural grass and therefore given points away against teams they should have usually beaten. However, they managed to beat Kvik Halden (3-0) in the Cup during mid-week. It was a match that Molde controlled without using too much effort or regular players. Vegard Forren, Sander Svendsen (12/5), Harmeet Singh (13/0), Mohamed Elyounoussi (13/8) were only some of the players that were rested. Striker Fredrik Gulbrandsen (0/0), striker Mushaga Bakenga (0/0), defender Magne Simonsen (0/0) and winger Joshua Gatt (1/0) are all still missing because of injuries, while winger Mattias Mostöm (7/0) is doubtful.
This derby has very much to offer to both teams in addition to fame and glory. Rosenborg can knock their biggest rivals out of the title-race, while Molde is fully aware and three points will put them back in the race and also give confidence towards the rest of the season. With that being said, Rosenborg has seemed unbeatable so far and they have actually performed at their best against the best teams. Lillestrom (3-0), Valerenga (1-2), Stabaek (2-3), Viking (1-4) are all top-teams that have taken damage of their vital form. Molde definitely needs the points, but they have not been at the level they need to so far in order to beat Rosenborg away from home. The tickets has been sold out which means around 25 000 fans are gathered at Lerkendal Stadion this evening. Rosenborg is on a high and with the optimism from their fans backing them up, it should be another win to celebrate for Rosenborg tonight.