Molde (Nor) – KuPS (Fin) PREDICTION (19.08.2020)


Molde (Nor) – KuPS (Fin) SOCCER PICKS

Molde FK and KuPS Kuopio face at Aker Stadion, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (1st Qualifying Round). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never met before. Attention to the home factor, since the FK mold usually achieves different results at home and abroad.

FK Molde :

The home team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of achieving a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has registered 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses as a visitor, with 31 goals scored and 22 suffered; against 13 victories and 2 defeats in his stadium, with 43 goals scored and 13 suffered. The team comes to this match after a away loss against Sarpsborg 08 by (2‑1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Molde FK won 8 and lost 2. Their attack has scored regularly, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 21 of the last 24 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals and 18 out of 24 have ended with Over 2.5 goals. In 15 games, he only managed 1 comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal.

El Molde comes to this match after a 2-1 loss in the visit to Sarpsburg, thus adding to the second consecutive defeat, both for the Norwegian championship: the only goal of the match was scored by Andersen. It should be noted that the hosts were the big winners of the 2019 Norwegian Championship. In this match against KuPS, coach Erling Moe will have to line up in the usual 4-2-3-1, with Ohi Omoijuanfo being the most offensive reference of the local team. It should be noted that Molde has enormous competence in the offensive process, however, it has weaknesses in the transition from defense to attack and in defensive stopped balls. Outside this game will be Haraldseid, Gregersen and Bjornbakk, all with physical problems.

KuPS Kuopio :

The visiting team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of achieving a positive result as a visitor. This is a team that presents similar results at home and away, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 7 wins, 7 draws and 1 loss as a visitor; against 12 victories, 2 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium. In their last match, for the Veikkausliiga, they beat Haka away by (2‑4). In their last 10 away matches KuPS Kuopio has 3 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss. His attack has scored regularly, as he has scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that tends to score many times first: it opened the scoring in 10 of its last 12 games, of these 10 it reached the break with a lead in 7 and managed to maintain the lead until the end of the 90 ‘in 6.

KuPS comes to this game after a 2-4 victory at the Haka Stadium, returning to triumphs after three consecutive games without a win: the team’s goals were scored by Ats Purje, Sale and Rangel (2). It should be noted that the visitors won the 2019 Finnish Championship. Coach Arne Erlandsen usually plays 4-3-3, favoring counterattacks, mainly through the flanks: Niskanen, Sale and Rangel are experts in transport of the ball for attack. We remember that the weakest points of the visiting team are the stopped balls, the counterattacks and the defensive transition. All players are available for this game.

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