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Molde vs Galatasaray betting tips: Champions League play-off round first leg preview, predictions and odds

Molde vs Galatasaray odds and betting statistics

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Molde vs Galatasaray match preview

Galatasaray are under enormous pressure to come through these qualifiers and get back into the Champions League group stages, but are now two-thirds of the way there.

So far this season, Okan Buruk’s team have battled past Žalgiris Vilnius, prevailing 3-2 on aggregate, before swatting aside Olimpija Ljubljana very easily, featuring a 3-0 victory in Slovenia.

The Süper Lig champions have previously featured in the Champions League group phase on 16 occasions, most-recently achieving this in 2019.

For both status and financial reasons, it’s imperative that Galatasaray get there again, making this tie absolutely crucial.

In stark contrast, Molde are dreaming of returning to the Champions League for the first time since 1999, having qualified for the Europa League in 2020 and the Europa Conference League 12 months ago.

So far this season, Erling Moe’s men have seen off HJK and then Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag, losing the first leg on both occasions before overturning that deficit back in Norway each time.

In short, Molde come into this tie as big underdogs, making this first leg at Røkkeløkka must win.

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