Molde v Brann – Eliteserien Betting Preview and Prediction
June 30th will serve us with a match between 1st and 4th placed teams in the 13th round of Eliteserien. The match between Molde and Brann will take place at Aker Stadion, the home of Molde, where they hold a perfect 6-0-0 record.
Poor away performance for Molde
Comfortably sitting at the top of Eliteserien, Molde have proven they are incredibly strong at home and at the same time shown some weakness away from home. A lot of criticism has been pointed towards them after their less than impressive performances against Kristiansund (3:2) and Tromso (2:1), which are the only two matches Molde lost in the last 5. Out of the remaining 3 matches, 2 were played at home while the most recent one took place at Marienlyst Stadion. Looking back Molde defeated Viking (5:1), Ranheim (2:0) and most recently Stromsgodset (0:4) to fix the impression after 2 consecutive defeats on the road.
Brann desperately seeking a win at Aker Stadion
As it stands now, the gap between Molde and Brann is 7 points, which means Brann cannot afford to lose, if they wish to contest the title this season. Increasing the gap to 10 points would put Brann in a spot where clinching a title will be close to impossible. But to be fair, Brann were never going to contest the title this season, not with their consistency, or shall we say their inconsistency. The only thing that works in their favor is their away record, which is at 3-1-0 looking at last 4 matches. Their real test, however, will come this weekend, when they face off against Molde who have not yet tasted defeat at home. Furthermore, Brann have not defeated Molde at home ground since 2006. We have to go way back to 2011 to see Brann picking up a single point at Aker Stadion, which ultimately translates to 6 fixtures Brann walked away empty handed.
Verdict & Prediction
Molde do sit at the top of the league, still, their performances have not brilliant. They tend to underperform a bit in the defense, which was clearly seen in their matches against Tromso and Kristiansund, where they conceded 2 and 3 goals. However, ever since the return of Kristoffer Haugen, Molde have improved slightly and became more solid in defense. Looking at the upcoming fixture, we must mention again that Molde have a perfect 6-0-0 score at Aker Stadion and while that is impressive on its own, Molde have scored 18 times and conceded only twice in the 6 home games.
As for the visiting team, they do perform decently away from home, however, that won’t be enough to win at Aker Stadion, which is something they haven’t done since 2006. All things considered, Molde are the better side at the moment and historically. There is simply nothing positive to say about Brann, who have been widely inconsistent this season, had 4 days less to prepare for the match and historically struggle at Aker Stadion. Expect a dominant show from Molde who should walk away with all 3 points.
Prediction: Molde to win
Odds: 1.87 SBOBET