Thursday 16 Aug

Molde vs Hibernian - Match Preview

16 Aug 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Europa League, Qualification
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Europa League, Qualification

Molde FK

  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
17:00 GMT
16 August 2018

Hibernian FC

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • D

Kick-off
17:00 GMT 16 August 2018

Thursday night often means Europa League night and the final qualifying round concludes this week for most teams. After a goalless first leg in Scotland, Hibernian travel to Molde in attempt to make the group stages.

STATS

  • Molde secured entry into the Europa League qualifiers with a 2nd-place finish in the 2017 Eliteserien table behind Rosenborg. They’ve got a good chance of repeating that as they sit 3rd in the table after 18 fixtures which would be enough for them to quality continentally again. They breezed past Glenavon (6-3 on aggregate) and Laç (5-0 on aggregate) to get to the 3rd qualifying round.
  • A 4th-place finish in the Scottish Premier League last season saw Hibernian enter the Europa League qualifiers in the 1st round, alongside Rangers. They are currently 2nd this term but after just two matches, it’s far too hard to judge their chances. They battered NSÍ in the 1st round with a 12-5 aggregate scoreline before narrowly beating Asteras Tripolis 4-3 in the last round.
  • Only one player has more goals in Norway’s top-flight than Molde’s Erling Braut Håland who has scored nine goals in 16 matches.
  • Both Florian Kamberi and Stevie Mallan have scored four Europa League goals so far for Hibs as the Scottish side have already scored 16 goals in their five matches.

HEAD TO HEAD

As you’d expect, the first leg of this tie is the only time the two sides have faced in Europe. They played out a cagey 0-0 draw which could’ve swung either way throughout the 90 minutes, both sides had their goalkeepers to thank on several occasions during the match.

MOLDE NEWS

Molde’s only downfall in the first leg was that they failed to score an away goal but they still have a huge chance of progression on Thursday. Martin Elingsen is a major doubt with a knee injury so will possibly only make the bench.

Latest matches: Molde FK

12.08.2018 Elit Molde FK SK Brann 5:1 W
09.08.2018 UEFA Hibernian FC Molde FK 0:0 D
05.08.2018 Elit Lillestrom SK Molde FK 2:2 D
02.08.2018 UEFA KF Laci Molde FK 0:2 W
26.07.2018 UEFA Molde FK KF Laci 3:0 W

HIBERNIAN NEWS

Hibs failed to take advantage of the home first leg but ensured that they didn’t concede, that means a score draw will take them through on the away goals ruling. They are without Adam Bogdan, Darren McGregor and Ofir Marciano for the second leg.

Latest matches: Hibernian FC

12.08.2018 Prem FC St Johnstone Hibernian FC 1:1 D
09.08.2018 UEFA Hibernian FC Molde FK 0:0 D
05.08.2018 Prem Hibernian FC Motherwell FC 3:0 W
02.08.2018 UEFA Asteras Tripolis Hibernian FC 1:1 D
26.07.2018 UEFA Hibernian FC Asteras Tripolis 3:2 W

SUMMARY

A goalless first leg has left this tie perfectly poised ahead of Thursday. Hibernian know that an away goal is massive and they should score while Molde must stay tight at the back. A score draw looks most likely which would mean Hibernian would qualify on away goals. A narrow win for either side wouldn’t be a huge shock, it should be a tight affair in Norway.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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