- Aker Stadion
BETTING TIP – MOLDE TO WIN
CORRECT SCORE PREDICTION – 3-1 MOLDE
- Molde have won their last four competitive games at Aker Stadion.
- The Norwegians are top of their domestic league and already 14 games into the season, while Servette haven’t faced a competitive match since May.
Fitness edge for the Norwegians
This is a really intriguing clash to say we’re only at the second qualifying round stage, as both teams will feel they can make their presence felt in the inaugural running of the competition.
The UEFA Europa Conference League was designed for clubs just like Molde and Servette, who have plenty of Europa League appearances and experience down the years without really having been able to trouble clubs from the principle European nations.
This tie pits last season’s Norwegian runners-up against Switzerland’s third best side and the winner could well be one to watch out for as the competition progresses. Both obtained strong finishes in useful domestic leagues and look capable of a deep run into the knockout stages.
One of the pair will be handed an early exit though, and we have to side with Molde in this week’s first leg. Erling Moe’s men are currently top of the Eliteserien and have played 14 domestic fixtures, while Servette haven’t faced a competitive fixture since the end of May.
That could prove crucial here, with the Norwegians set to hold a significant advantage in terms of match fitness. Molde have also won their last four starts at Aker Stadion, so we’re backing the hosts to secure victory in the first leg and 3-1 is our correct score prediction.