Tromso is fighting to avoid relegation at the moment after only 1-3-7 and six points so far. After several games where they deserved nothing better in terms of performance, things do seem to slowly turn around now. Tromso have taken a point in two difficult matches in a row; firstly a draw against Odd (2-2) and then a draw against league leaders Rosenborg (1-1).
They managed to take the lead twice against Odd, but were unlucky once again as their keeper Pal Heigre (4 games) managed to clear the ball into his own net after a corner for Odd, which made it 2-2. Rosenborg dominated in the start of the meeting with Tromso as well, but Tromso slowly started to get into the game, especially with quick counter-attacks, which tested the defense of Rosenborg on several occasions. It resulted in a deserved 1-1 goal and it brought enough self-confidence within so they could claim a point after 90 minutes. Their main problem in terms of being unlucky has been the weak keeper-performances. They have lost a lot of points because of bad decisions from the keepers.
First Benny Lekström (6 games) lost his position as 1st keeper, then it was Gudmund Kongshavn (3 games) who lost his place, and now it is Pal Heigre (4 games) that has taken over. He actually did very well against Rosenborg and was the main reason why Tromso got a point from that match. In terms of injuries keeper Gudmund Kongshavn (3 games) and midfielder Lars Gunnar Johnsen (1/0) will both miss out.
Molde has not been on the same level in terms of consistency as they have been over the last seasons. It has a lot to do with the way they have performed away from home on natural surface. Molde play all their matches and always train on artificial surface, which obviously has made it more difficult to adapt into natural grass this season than the previous ones.
With that being said, Molde definitely has got a boost over their last two games. They beat Mjondalen (0-3) away from home two weeks ago, before demolishing poor Sandefjord (6-1) at home in their last match. In the match against Mjondalen, they played on artificial grass which obviously is well for them in terms of the way they play. Even if Mjondalen did create chances to score, Molde did manage to kill the game instead of conceding as they have done in earlier performances away from home. That seemed to be a real boost for the players and their manager Tor Ole Skullerud has been very clear about continuing that trend as they visit another stadium with artificial surface; Alfheim Stadion. Winger Mattias Moström (7/0), winger Joshua Gatt (1/0), striker Fredrik Gulbrandsen (0/0) and striker Mushaga Bakenga (0/0) will all be missing tonight’s match through injuries.
It will be a hard game for both teams at Alfheim tonight as both teams obviously needs three points. Tromso has to close the six-point gap up to the safe-spot, while Molde need to stay in touch with the top three teams. They are currently six points behind the league leaders Rosenborg, but with Rosenborg (1st) facing Valerenga (3rd) on Saturday, Molde can really be closing in on both teams if they win here. Both teams have performed better in their recent two matches, but Molde has the better players and they should be able to win, even if it will not be an easy game for sure. They have been dominant offensively over their last two matches and the artificial surface should be in their favor in this game as well. It will not come as easy as it did against Sandefjord for Molde tonight, but for them to score at least two goals should be possible. Tromso has been conceding at least two goals in their last three games at home and it should be difficult to stop the quality attackers that Molde has available.
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