Rubin Kazan - Molde Betting Preview: Solid hosts likely to prove too strong for Solskjaer's side again

Kurban Berdyev's men are red-hot favourites to qualify for the group stages but our tipster is not anticipating many goals against the Norwegian side
Rubin Kazan have one foot in the group stages of the Europa League following their fine 2-0 victory over Molde in Norway last week and Kurban Berdyev's men will fancy their chances of sealing their qualification for the next phase in Thursday's return leg.

Rubin are sure to be in confident mood as they come into this tie on the back of an 11-match unbeaten run and are available at just 3/10 (1.30) with Betway to secure their place in the next round with victory over Molde.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side suffered a humiliating 5-2 reverse at the hands of Stromsgodset at the weekend and the former Manchester United striker will be looking for a markedly improved performance from his side on Thursday afternoon.

Molde are chalked up at 9/1 (10.0) with Betway to enjoy a surprise victory in Russia while the same firm go 18/5 (4.60) that the return leg ends in stalemate.

It is worth noting that Kurban Berdyev's men have been particularly miserly in recent weeks, conceding just two goals in their last eight matches in all competitions so this looks to be a tough assignment for Molde as they aim to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg. 

Given Rubin's impressive defensive record, it is unsurprising that Betway offer just 3/5 (1.60) that either side fails to hit the target on Thursday afternoon.

Rubin, though, have failed to score more than two goals in any of their last nine matches in all competitions and, indeed, have bagged just five goals in their last five games.

With that in mind, Betway's even money (2.0) quote that fewer than three goals are scored during Thursday's clash represents outstanding value and must be snapped up by punters.

With the hosts firmly in the driving seat in this tie, it is hard to envisage Kurban Berdyev's men going for the throat and backing a low-scoring encounter may well prove profitable for punters on Thursday afternoon.

Therefore, Betway's generous even money (2.0) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored is the recommended play here.

Under 2.5 goals at even money (2.00) 2pts with Betway

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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