The time’s nearly upon us for Europa League action scheduled for Thursday as Molde FK will be taking on Arsenal.
View all of the Molde FK v Arsenal predictions, poll and stats below - plus the latest match odds.
Molde FK, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-3 Eliteserien triumph vs Stabæk.
For Molde FK, the scorers were Leke James (45', 85') and Stian Gregersen (81').
Fixtures with Molde FK have usually been exciting encounters of late with high scoring the rule rather than the exception. Over their past half dozen games, a grand total of 20 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 12 of them being chalked up by Molde.
In their previous game, Arsenal drew 0-0 in the Premier League tie with Leeds United.
In that match, Arsenal had 34% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. At the other end, Leeds United had 25 shots at goal with 4 on target.
The trend of at least one team not scoring a goal in games involving Arsenal has become apparent of late. Checking on their last six meetings reveals that it’s happened 5 times. In those clashes, opposing sides have managed a goal tally of 5 and The Gunners have scored 8. Putting that to one side, time will tell if that trend might continue on here in this match.
Head to head
The previous league encounter between the two was Europa League match day 3 on 05/11/2020 when it finished Arsenal 4-1 Molde FK.
In that game, Arsenal had 58% possession and 16 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. The goals were scored by Nicolas Pépé (69') and Joe Willock (88').
At the other end, Molde FK had 6 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Martin Ellingsen (22'), Kristoffer Haugen (45' Own goal) and Sheriff Sinyan (62' Own goal) scored.
The match was refereed by Halil Umut Meler.
Team News: Molde FK
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just the lone fitness concern for the Molde FK manager Erling Moe to contend with from an otherwise complete squad. Kristoffer Haraldseid (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out.
Team News: Arsenal
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has not got a full squad to pick from. Mesut Özil (Back trouble), Sead Kolasinac (Corona virus) and Gabriel Martinelli (Knee Injury) miss out here. Mesut Özil is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
We feel that Molde FK should be able to find the back of the net against this Arsenal side, although one goal probably won’t quite be good enough.
We’re therefore expecting a tight encounter finishing with a 1-2 victory for Arsenal after 90 minutes. Looking forward to seeing how this one unfolds.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Aker Stadion (11,249)
Captain: Magnus Eikrem
Chairman: Odd Ivar Moen
Manager: Erling Moe
Competitions: Eliteserien position 2, Europa League (Group B), UEFA Qual (Play-Offs)
⭐ Star Player: Etzaz Hussain
Mostly taking up the Centre Midfield position, Etzaz Hussain was born in Langhus, Norway. Having made a first senior appearance for Fredrikstad FK in the 2011 season, the accomplished Midfielder has scored a sum of 7 league goals in this Eliteserien 2020 campaign to date in 24 appearances.