Molde vs. Arsenal Match preview
Arsenal is aiming to confirm qualification for the Europa League knockout stages this Thursday when they take a trip to Norway to take on Molde in Group B clash.
The Gunners have taken all points from their first three matches, whereas the host is second in the group with six points.
However, Erling Moe’s side had themselves to blame for Arsenal’s 4-1 victory on the two own goals and goals from Nicolas Pepe and Joe Willock buried the visitors hopes to come back.
Arsenal are coming into this game on the back of 0-0 draw against Leeds United with Arteta’s side having played ten men, while Molde thrashed Stabaek 3-0.
Molde vs Arsenal Match Facts
- Molde have featured in three Europa League matches this season, won twice and lost once.
- The Town of Roses has just registered a single clean-sheet in all last three Europa League matches this season.
- Arsenal has registered a single clean-sheet in all three Europa League this season as well.
- The Gunners have featured in three Europa League matches this season winning all.
- Molde has won the only home Europa League match this season.
- Arsenal has also won the only away Europa League match this season.
Molde vs. Arsenal Head to Head
These teams have faced each other once previously in Europa League where the molde fk suffered 4-1 against the Gunners at Fly Emirates.
Molde Team News
Forward Ohi Omoijuanfo striker is currently fighting a bout of illness and is likely not to feature for the clash, the 26-year-old has shown his reason to be on the spot for already scoring vital two goals in group stages.
Leke James is likely to start for the previous match he played the last 15 minutes at the Emirates, while Birk Risa is in contention to fill the left-hand side of defence over Kristoffer Haugen, who scored own goal against Arsenal earlier this month.
Arsenal Team News
The Gunners are with Saka and Willian the latest to enter the treatment table after picking up injuries against Leeds, while Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac tested positive for coronavirus last week.
Summer signing Thomas Partey is suffering from a thigh injury he sustained before the international break, but Pepe is available despite the red-card.
However, Arteta may still nurture the youngsters likes of Reiss Nelson, Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and potentially even Emile Smith Rowe coming into the XI.
Molde Fk vs. Arsenal Prediction
Molde’s recent results makes for good reading for the Norwegian outfit, but even with a plethora of changes, the Gunners should pick up all three points comfortably to guarantee their spot in the knockout stages.
Goals – Over 2.5
These two teams have occasionally produced more than two goals in their previous encounter; therefore chances of scoring more than two goals are likely to be recorded.
We expect goals to be produced in this match therefore over 2.5 markets ascertained by our pundits
Betway are backing the goals with 1.61 while 1XBet is placing odds at 1.69.
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