After a frantic couple of days in the Champions League, attention turns to the Europa League, with Molde Vs Arsenal (26/11/20) taking centre stage today for my free prediction.
Molde Vs Arsenal Preview
I'm not one for delving into the Europa League too often as I find it a competition that can throw up unpredictable results.
But hey, that's football in general now. So why not take a look at Molde V Arsenal?
A win for the Gunners in Norway sees them through to the knock out stages with two games to spare.
A quick glance at their league position and form, would also suggest this is going to be Arsenal's main source of European competition for next season as well.
Unless that is, the Gunners can lift the Europa League Trophy and qualify for the Champions League via this method.
For their Norwegian opponents, they were officially dethroned as domestic champions last weekend, with Bodo Glimt claiming the Eliteserien title with 5 matches still to spare.
In Europe, Molde are fairing much better. Even if they lose again to Arsenal today, they will still have a great chance of making it through to the knock out stages. Which would be a great achievement for the club.
- Molde Stadion
- Kick Off 5.55pm
- Europa League Group B
- Live on BT Sports
- Matchday Live
Team news is hard to predict in the Europa League. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has a bit of a conundrum surrounding Nicolas Pepe, following his stupid red card at Elland Road last Sunday.
Does he follow through on his tough discipline line and leave him out?
Or does he use him today, as he won't be available in the Premier League this weekend? Allowing Arteta to rest someone else today in preparation for the weekend's Premier League fixture.
As for Molde, they have striker Ohi Omoijuanfo available again after a Covid-19 quarantine. And lets face it, there's little point saving him for the league now!
Molde Vs Arsenal Odds
- Molde 9/2 - The Draw 16/5 – Arsenal 8/13
- Over 2.5 Goals 4/6 – Under 2.5 Goals 5/4
- Over 3.5 Goals 13/8 – Under 3.5 Goals 1/2
- Both Teams To Score – Yes 13/20 – No 6/5
Molde Vs Arsenal Prediction 26/11/20
I'm not sure about taking Arsenal at odds against in an away match they might be happy to not lose.
I still do expect Arsenal may win this one though. It's a break from the pressures of the Premier League, and it could be a chance for the players to express themselves against lesser opposition.
With this in mind, I'm going to play safe and back an Arsenal win with over 1.5 goals on a Same Game Multi bet.
I am tempted by over 2.5 goals and Arsenal to win, which is 13/10. A 2-1 win for Arsenal would do here, and with both teams to score only at 13/20, the bookies think there is a strong chance Molde will find the net in this one.
I'm erring on the side of caution though, and that's why I'm going with over 1.5 instead.