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Ian Baraclough's men are playing in the Champions League for the first time in their history, but Al Hain-Cole expects their experienced Norwegian opponents to ruin their debut

Sligo Rovers embark on their first ever Champions League campaign on Wednesday, when they welcome Molde to the Showgrounds for the first leg of their second round qualifying tie.

The Irish champions’ solitary victory in European competition came against Maltese side Floriana in the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1994 and they are 11/5 (3.20) outsiders with Coral to double their win tally this evening.

In contrast, their opponents are one of only two Norwegian sides to have reached the Champions League group stages, and their superior pedigree makes them favourites to come out on top, at even odds (2.00).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have drawn their last two Champions League away games, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on the sides cancelling each other out in this one.

After an incredibly disappointing start to the season that saw them languishing in and around the relegation zone, Molde have recently put together a run more befitting of a team who have won their league for the past two seasons.

A hard fought 0-0 draw at league leaders Rosenborg with only 10 men seemed to breathe new life into the champions, who then embarked on a nine match unbeaten run that sees them come into this game full of confidence,  while the return of crowd favourite Vegard Forren from his ill-fated spell at Southampton will also add to the feel good factor.

Realistically, Solskjaer’s men should have just too much for the Bit O’ Red, and those even odds (2.00) are well worth backing on the visitors gaining the upper hand with a victory.

Ian Baraclough’s men have failed to score in four of their last eight league games, and question marks over the fitness of main strikers Danny North and Raffaele Cretaro will undoubtedly impede their attacking prowess in this match.

With this in mind, it makes sense to back the visitors to come out on top without conceding, available at attractive 27/10 (3.70) odds.

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Molde to win at Evens (2.00) with Coral
Molde to win to nil at 27/10 (3.70) with Coral

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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