Start v Molde

Date: August 3, 2014
Venue: Savings Bank South Arena-Torsvika, Norway
Kick-off Time: 16:00 BST

Start will be looking to win against the league leaders having lost the previous league game against Haugesund. They have a huge task at hand, but will be relishing the challenge to stop the Molde juggernaut.

Tippeligaen leaders, Molde FK have been cruising in the Norwegian league this season and after 17 matches they sit comfortably at 42 points, 9 points lead over the second placed Stromsgodset.

Start’s Form

L-W-W-W-L

After the humiliating loss against Haugesund, Start’s camp will be low on confidence. They had wins in three games prior to that, and Start did not see that coming. Now they need to regroup themselves and get their confidence back against the league leaders.

Molde’s Form

W-W-D-W-D

Molde have been impressive in the league and wins in the last four league matches makes them favourites to extend their 9 points lead at the top. Against a vulnerable Start side, Molde attackers will be relishing their chances to put their names on the scoresheet.

A draw or a loss might just give others a chance to catch up with them, though there will still be a good buffer between them and the other sides.

Key Players

Start: Ernest Asante

As a right sided winger, Asante is handful against the fullbacks and can be menacing. Signing a contract extension during the off season this year, Asante has been really good for the Start side and will be looking to add to his four league goals tally.

Molde: Harmeet Singh

Known as the Norwegian Iniesta, Harmeet Singh has played for Norway for the junior levels as a deep lying playmaker (much different style than Iniesta though). The Norwegian born-Indian origin footballer has impressed with Molde after joining the side from Feynoord on a free transfer.

His overall game play and reading of the game is good and has commanded a starting place in the playing XI this season. The Start midfielders will have a huge task to keep him quiet in the midfield.

Betting Advice

Looking at Molde to register a convincing win here, and make sure you take the best price of 2.15 with BetVictor for this. The same bookmaker also offers another excellent one, a 1.6 for more than 2.5 goals to be scored and I will highly recommend that for this game.