Strømsgodset are facing Molde in Norway’s Eliteserien in a game, which both teams require to win if they want to keep their hopes for european qualification alive.

Both teams are currently sitting at the middle of the table with an active of 34 points each, but they are also not that far away from the Europa League places. There are currently six teams in the Eliteserien who are in the mix for Europa League participation, so every point from now is important.

Strømsgodset are in a truly terrible form lately. Bjorn Ingebretsen’s team didn’t win either one of its last five games, losing three of them – a form, which will hardly allow them to play in Europe next season, except if they do not improve as soon as possible. And the home game against Molde is a good chance to begin.

Speaking of Molde, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team is performing brightly in the last few weeks. Molde is enjoying a fine run of three wins in a row, winning against Bodø / Glimt, Aalesund and Odd. This type of performance revived Molde’s chances for european qualification this season, so it remains to be seen if they will keep this form in the next few weeks as well.

Strømsgodset’s main attacking force remains the 26-years old Marcus Pedersen, who’ve scored seven times since the beginning of the season. Tokmac Nguen, Oyvind Storflor and Lars Vilsvik added three more so far.

Molde do not have a player who could be called a goal machine at the moment. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is relying on everyone scoring at some point and that’s the reason why the team do not have a leading goalscorer with outstanding statistics at this point.

This is one of the most interesting games in the Eliteserien this weekend, because both teams would like to keep their chances for european qualification at the end of the season.