Hacken will be desperate to avenge a humiliating defeat in their last Europa League game, as the Swedish side host Molde in Group H on Thursday night (20:00).
Molde emerged 5-1 winners in the battle of Scandinavia last month, a result which left Hacken rooted to the bottom of the table without a point.
They were the Norwegian side’s first points of the group, and three more on match-day four would guarantee European football in February for Erling Moe’s men.
Conversely, it would likely see the end of Hacken’s travels across the continent, for another season at least.
Filip Trpchevski has been out since August 10th for Hacken and will miss out again, as will ex-West Ham talent Blair Turgott.
Valgeir Lunddal Fridriksson and Ali Youssef are also rated as doubtful.
Veton Berisha missed three consecutive games for Molde in October, but has since come off the bench in their last three, so the 29-year-old could be in contention for a start in Sweden if he can shrug off a muscle complaint.
Erling Knudtzon is waiting for the thumbs-up after following concussion protocol, but Jacob Karlstrom and Martin Linnes are out for the season.
Hacken are 13/8 to equal Molde’s points tally on Thursday, while the visitors arrive as 7/5 favourites to streak clear of the Swedes. Group H is still yet to see a draw after six games, but you can back a first one at 11/4.
Over 3.5 goals @ 6/5
Six goals were scored in the reverse fixture, though not very evenly as Molde ran riot in Norway.
Hacken’s Europa League games – including qualifiers – have been awash with goals, with at least four scored in six of the seven.
This bet has also won in four of their last five games in all competitions.
Goals have been in plentiful supply at recent Molde games, too, but mainly in favour of the opposition. The Norwegian side have lost five of their last six, conceding 14 times in the process, but they have scored at least once in all of them.
Expect goals here with a lot on the line for both.
Over 10.5 corners @ 5/6
The game produced 12 corners last time out, and Hacken’s three homes games in the Europa League – including qualifiers – have all seen at least 11 corners.
Hacken need a win to keep their European hopes alive, while Molde will be eyeing a win to boost their Europa League knockout hopes, so it should be an end-to-end encounter with plenty of crosses and shots.
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