Molde’s inconsistent form this season has left them lagging far behind the leaders of the pack in the Norwegian Eliteserien.
They are in a disappointing 7th position with 43 points from their 27 games so far, 15 points adrift of leaders Rosenborg.
But they do sit at the top of Europa League Group A after picking up four points from their opening two matches, including a 1-1 draw against Ajax and a 3-1 win away to Fenerbahce.
Molde have managed to win both of their games since that 1-1 draw against Ajax, impressive victories of 4-0 against Tromso and 3-1 against Mjondalen.
Celtic are 2nd in the group with two points from their opening two games, with a duo of 2-2 draws against Ajax and Fenerbahce.
But they are in good form coming into this game, having not lost any of their last seven matches in all competitions.
They have only managed four wins from these seven matches though, which is surprisingly poor for a club so used to dominating their domestic league.
I think Molde have a great chance to extend their lead at the top of Group A on Thursday.
They haven’t lost on home turf since the start of August, with four of their eight home games since ending in victory for the Norwegians.
Meanwhile, Celtic have lost two, won two, and drawn one of their last five away days in all competitions.
It gets even worse for the Scots when you look at their European away record. They haven’t won away in the Europa League in any of their last eight outings, and only one of their last 16 away days in this competition have ended in victory.
This is all looking pretty bleak for the travellers, and I think odds of 4/7 for a Molde Win or Draw Double Chance are very good value for money, along with a 2-2 draw at 11/1.
- 20 Sep