Foot Predictions shows the Europa League clash on Thursday between Molde and Hoffenheim, including hunches, news about the team and possible lineups.
Mold to assume Hoffenheim in the first stage of its last 32 Europa League playoff at the Estadio de la Ceramica in Villarreal on Thursday night.
The match had to be transferred from Aker Stadion in Molde due to German restrictions that prevented travel to or from countries where any new variant of COVID-19 is currently present.
Molde, who finished as the Norwegian runner-up last season, will play in the Europa League qualifiers for the second time in club history when they face Hoffenheim on Thursday.
The club’s last draw at this stage ended with a 3-1 aggregate loss to eventual champions Sevilla in 2016, with Hoffenheim perhaps representing a better chance of advancing to the final stages.
However, with the Norwegian season ending in December, Erling MoeThe team team has played friendly matches in recent weeks, so they may find it difficult to adjust to the intensity of an official match.
Much will depend on the form and suitability of the captain Magnus Wolff Eikrem, who arrived at Manchester United and had a brief stint at Cardiff City early in his career, with the creative midfielder carrying much of the offensive burden with three goals and two assists, helping his team to finish second behind Arsenal in the Group B.
Hoffenheim, meanwhile, suffered an indifferent season, playing at home impressively in Group L with an unbeaten streak after winning five and drawing once, but currently languishing in the last half of the Bundesliga.
However, Thursday’s clash with Molde will be the first European tie in the club’s history, so there is certainly a lot at stake for Sebastian Hoenesson the side.
The 38-year-old had no luck with injuries this season and suffered yet another blow from his best scorer Andrej Kramaric suffered an ankle injury last week, which should keep the Croat out for a month.
However, Hoeness is still expected to overtake Molde in two heats, in addition to keeping the club free from relegation problems. If they manage to stay in the last 16 with Kramaric potentially approaching a comeback, anything can happen.
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Mold will run out Ola Brynhildsen, who should not return from his fractured leg until April.
Moe must pack the midfield in a 4-5-1 system, with his defense well positioned in an attempt to combat Hoffenheim’s counterattack style.
Rest, rotation and a positive coronavirus test meant that Kramaric did not start for Hoffenheim in the group stage, and the Croat must also miss both legs of this tie due to an ankle injury.
The German side must also travel to Villarreal without Chris Richards, Havard Nordtveit, Ryan Sessegnon, Kevin Akpoguma, Dennis Geiger, Ermin Bicakcic, Benjamin Hubner and Kostas Stafylidis due to an injury, which means that the Hoeness Substitute’s bench will again have some empty seats.
Possible initial mold escalation:
Linde; Pedersen, Gregersen, Sinyan, Risa; Hestad, Aursnes, Ellingsen, Eikrem, Knudtzon; Omoijuanfo
Possible initial line-up for Hoffenheim:
Baumann; Posch, Vogt, Kasim; Kaderabek, Rudy, Samassekou, Baumgartner, John; Drank, Dabbur
Probability: Mold 1-1 Hoffenheim
Given the extent of the injury problems, we expect Hoffenheim to settle for a draw to take home with them.
Molde may be rusty or revitalized after a gap of two months since his last competitive game, but either way, Moe’s team must be the most energetic team and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them inflict a small upset.
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