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Molde FK will arrive at Kristiansund Stadion on Sunday for the Eliteserien clash with home team Kristiansund.
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Kristiansund prepare for this match coming off the back of a 1-1 Eliteserien drawn match vs Tromsø IL.
In that game, Kristiansund had 63% possession and 17 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player to score for Kristiansund was Bendik Bye (90'). Tromsø IL got 7 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. August Mikkelsen (18') scored for Tromsø IL.
It’s not been often in recent times where Kristiansund haven’t conceded. The reality is that Kristiansund have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 10 goals on the way.
A look at their previous results shows us that Kristiansund:
- have not lost to Molde FK in games played at home for the previous 4 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 home league matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 7 league games. That's never good.
Molde FK will go into the meeting following a 3-0 Conference League Qualifiers win to defeat Kisvárda in their most recent game.
For Molde FK, goals were scored by Etzaz Hussain (63'), David Fofana (80') and Martin Linnes (82').
A run of steadfast showings from the Molde FK defensive players has seen their ‘goals against’ tally standing at 4 from their past 6 fixtures in total. Over that same period, their own attack force has managed to score 16. We will have to see whether or not that trend will end up being sustained into this next match.
Head to head
Checking on their prior head to head clashes dating back to 02/11/2019 tells us that Kristiansund have won 1 of them & Molde FK 3, with the number of drawn matches standing at 2.
A combined total of 17 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 7 from KBK and 10 being from Molde. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.83.
The previous league meeting between these clubs was Eliteserien match day 7 on 21/05/2022 when it ended Molde FK 2-1 Kristiansund.
On that occasion, Molde FK had 61% possession and 19 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. The scorers were Kristoffer Haugen (8') and Magnus Grødem (19').
At the other end, Kristiansund got 13 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Bendik Bye (94') scored.
The referee was Tore Hansen.
Team News: Kristiansund
The Kristiansund boss Christian Michelsen has no fitness concerns at all before this clash owing to a fully injury-free squad ready to go.
It seems likely that KBK will probably go for a 3-2-3-2 formation this time and select Sean McDermott, Andreas Hopmark, Dan Peter Ulvestad, Sebastian Jarl, Snorre Nilsen, Amin Askar, Jesper Isaksen, Amidou Diop, Sander Erik Kartum, Bendik Bye and B. Darri Willumsson.
Team News: Molde FK
Thanks to a largely full-strength group of players, there’s only the lone fitness issue for the Molde FK boss Erling Moe to be concerned with. Eirik Andersen (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing here.
There’s a good chance that Molde FK will likely utilise a 3-2-3-2 system, starting Jacob Karlstroem, Benjamin Hansen, Eirik Haugan, Birk Risa, Martin Linnes, Erling Knudtzon, M. Fjoertoft Loevik, Emil Breivik, Etzaz Hussain, Kristian Eriksen and David Datro Fofana.
When taking all factors into account, Kristiansund have the ability to breach the defence of this Molde FK lineup, but one goal is unlikely to be enough.
We therefore reckon that it will be a narrow 1-2 winning score for Molde FK by the conclusion of the game. Should be a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Kristiansund Stadion (4,444)
Captain: Dan Ulvestad
Chairman: Per Otto Dyb
Manager: Christian Michelsen
Competitions: Eliteserien position 16
⭐ Key Man: Bendik Bye
Mostly playing in the Right Wing position, Bendik Bye was born in Steinkjer, Norway. After having played his first senior match for Ranheim in the 2011 season, the goalscoring Forward has accumulated 5 league goals in this Eliteserien 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 15 appearances.