Tromso vs Molde by 20Legend
Tromso lost their last game against 2nd placed Brann (1-0) in a game that was impossible to take something from. Brann used their defensive muscles to deny Tromso getting any dangerous space, which made it a target to keep it 0-0 for as long as possible for Tromso. They managed quite well, but Brann produced three great chances before 30 minutes was played. It paid off once with Deyvor Vega finding the net after 28 minutes with a nice finish into the right corner of the goal. The second half was a typical half at Brann Stadion this season where Brann controlling the game and grabbed another three points at the end without creating any more chances.
Tromso has not been the greatest team away from home this season (3-3-7), but their home form (5-3-4) has been far more stable in the recent months. Their last three home games have been won against Viking (2-1), Sogndal (2-0) and Lillestrom (2-1). The club is in 12th place with 30 points ahead of this match which is only three points above the qualification spot. Tromso is therefore far from safe and need to keep their momentum at home in order to stay out of trouble. Midfielder Gjermund Aasen (24/2) and right back Hans Norbye (21/0) are doubtful tonight, while defender Kent Are Antonsen (20/1) returns after suspension.
Molde did get a great start against Rosenborg (1-3) at home last weekend, but they were not able to follow up after they took the lead. Rosenborg was way too strong and Molde has no chance denying the machinery another league title at Aker Stadion. They have also been delivering weak results recently with three straight games without winning. However, Molde is still in the race on getting a medal. With 38 points, it is four points up to 3rd placed Odd and seven points up to 2nd placed Brann before tonight’s game.
Brann only got a draw against Sogndal (0-0) yesterday, while Odd is playing a tough game away from home against Aalesund this evening. 4th placed Haugesund takes on 5th placed Sarpsborg 08 tonight as well, which means that 6th placed Molde could really climb closer to a medal by winning here. The defensive trio Vegard Forren (20/0), Joona Toivio (13/3) and Isak Ssewankabo (8/0) are all still missing out here.
Both teams’ need all three points in each end of the table, but the fact that Molde is given the stamp as favorites by the bookmakers is nonsense in my opinion. Tromso has taken three straight wins at home recently, while Molde has not been stable enough away from home (4-2-6) this season. Molde got a psychological breakdown when Rosenborg grabbed another title at Molde’s home ground as well, but they have to forget that fact. I see Tromso as the actual slight favorites tonight, but Molde must deliver much better as it is a key round in order to climb the table. Both teams to score will be my prediction in this game.