Molde and FC Basel clash in the Champions League qualifying rounds on Wednesday 1st August. With qualification for the lucrative group stages getting ever closer, can either take the initiative in the first leg?
Match: Molde – FC Basel
Free Betting Tip: FC Basel win
Best Odds: 2.4 (7/5) Bet365
Champions League Pedigree
Swiss side FC Basel are only 2 games into their domestic season and comfortably saw off Flora Tallin in the previous qualifying round of the Champions League, so we have little recent form to work with – but the small amount there is gives encouragement. FC Basel progressed 5-0 on aggregate versus Flora, and this included a 2-0 win away from home. It was last season however, that FC Basel really impressed. Having qualified for the group stages, they managed to qualify from their group, knocking out Manchester United in the process. It was the away form that secured their progression – they defeated Otelul Galati on the road but also got impressive draws at Old Trafford, and again in Portugal against eventual group winners, Benfica.
This trip to Molde provides another opportunity for success on the road then, but what of the hosts? Molde sit 2nd in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, but there has been a recent dip in form as their schedule has got more hectic. Over half way through the domestic campaign, Molde also now have Champions League qualification to think about. Two games a week has begun to take it’s toll, and they have just 1 win in 4 in the League and the recent home defeat to Viking would have been the most worrying. FC Basel have the better pedigree, recent form and energy levels and look decent value for an away win.
Betpal Free Betting Tip
Molde – FC Basel. The Champions League experience that FC Basel have, coupled with their previous away successes this season and last, make the 7/5 with Bet365 (2.4) pretty attractive.