SC Olhanense vs SL Benfica
7th Olhaense 28 pts, home 3-5-4, form
2nd Benfica 55 pts, away 6-4-1, form 7-1-2
Olhanense out: Andre Pinto (df 15/2), Caue (mf 23/3), Wilson Eduardo (att 23/7), Mexer (df 20/0), Andre Micael (df 3/0), Nuno Piloto (mf 9/0)
Doubtful ate Luis Filipe (mf 3/0), Mauricio Fernandes (df 21/0)
Benfica out: Bruno Cesar (mf 20/5), Ezequiel Garay (df 19/2), Yannick Djalo (att 1/0)
(In case of victory, Benfica will reach a temporary leadership; they have important CL game with chelsea for few days)
Laval – Tours
9th Laval 38 pts, home 7-4-3, form 0-4-2
10th Tours, 37 pts, away 3-3-7, form 2-3-1
Tours out: Clement Fabre (thigh, df 13/0), Romain Sartre (back, df 12/1)
Doubtful are: Wilfried Moimbe (knee, df 17/0), Diego (thigh, att 23/5)9th Laval, 38 pts, home 7-4-3, form 0-4-2
Laval out: Lindsay Rose (df 20/1), Pierre Talmont (df 27/0), Anthony Goncalves (mf 24/2), Lhadji Badiane (mf 11/2)
Doubtful are Gaetan Belaud (df 24/0), Romain Ciaravino (mf 1/0), Franck Signorino (df 21/0 – he will be probasbly fit)
Reims vs FC Metz
2nd Reims 46 pts, home 9-2-2, form 3-2-3
15th Metz 33 pts, away 4-5-5, form 0-6-4
Reims out: Josue Balamandji (att 1/0), Khalid Sekkat (df 15/0), Floyd Ayite (att 11/2), Alexi Peuget (mf 15/0)
Metz out: Joris Delle (gk 9/0), Mahamane Traore (mf 17/1), Samy Kehli (mf 8/0), Romain Metanire (df 27/0), Hamadi Ayari (df 1/0)
Troyes vs Clermont Foot
4th Troyes 43 pts, home 8-4-2, form 3-2-1
3rd Clermont 45 pts, away 6-4-4, form 0-2-5 (5 draw in row)
Troyes out: Thiago Xavier (mf 26/3), Olivier Blondel (gk 16/0), Julien Outrebon (df 9/0), Mounir Obbadi (mf 27/3)
Doubtful are: Mohamed Camara (att 11/3), Sebastien Grax (att 15/2), Enza Yamissi (mf 21/0), Grax almost sure not play
Clermont out: Cedric Lubasa (att 7/0), Cedric Bokhorni (df 19/0), Jean Francois Riviere (att 19/10), Damien Robin, Damien Perrinelle (df 13/0)
Helmond – G.A. Eagles
5th Helmond 46 pts, home 8-2-3, form 7-3-0 (won last 4)
11th GA Eagles 36 pts, away 3-4-6, form 3-0-3 (3-2-5)
Helmond out: Gilian Justiana (mf 24/1), Remond Strijbosch (gk 0/0), Ayden Kuypers (mf 0/0), Marc Nygaard(r)(att 5/0), Pepijn Veerman(r)(att 14/2)
Eagles out: Yannick de Wit (mf 0/0), Frank van der Zwan (att 0/0), Omar Kavak (mf 0/0), Niklas Tarvajarvi (att 11/3), Freek Heerkens (df 24/2), Jan Kromkamp (df 24/0), Oscar Lopez(df 4/1), Michael Jansen (df 13/0)
Bochum – Ingolstadt
10th Bochum 31 pts, home 6-1-6, form 1-1-4
13th Ingolstadt 25 pts, away 1-4-8, form 3-6-0
Bpchum out: Patrick Fabian (df 0/0), Mirkan Aydin (att 22/5), Michael Delura (mf 3/0), Philipp Bonig (df 1/0), Lukas Sinkiewicz (df 11/0), Kevin Vogt (mf 12/0), Mimoun Azaouagh (mf 11/2).
Back are Toski (mf 13/2) and Kramer (mf 25/1)
Ingolstadt out: Malte Metzelder (mf 11/1), Heiko Gerber (mf 8/0), Moritz Hartmann (att 15/4), Manuel Schaeffler (att 2/0), Andreas Buchner (mf 26/3)
FSV Frankfurt vs Aachen
14th FSV 25 pts, home 2-7-4, form 2-2-2
16th Aachen 21 pts, away 1-6-6, form 0-3-3 (loose last 3)
FSV out: Tufan Tosunoglu (mf 12/1), Mario Fillinger (mf 4/1), Chadli Amri (mf 4/1), Dennis Cagara (df 3/0), Pierre Kleinheider (gk)
Back are Yelen (mf 26/2), and Heitmeier (df 22/0), Huber (mf 20/0) and Karim Benyamina ),f 17/3)
Aachen out: Mario Ebb (df 6/0), Reinhold Yabo (mf 17/0), Kim Falkenberg (df 13/0), Tobias Feisthammel (df 24/3), Thomas Stehle (df 4/0), Florian Mueller, Kevin Maek, Bilal Cubukcu
Friday 23.03.2012 Molde – Strømsgodset
Molde use natural grass at their home stadium. Strømsgodset use artificial grass at their home stadium.
Molde became champions of Tippeligaen 2012, and they should be rated as a title favorite this year as well.
Key midfielder Makthar Thioune has left on a loan deal, but the rest of the squad is still the same. Even Hovland (Def, Sogndal) and Martin Linnes (Def/Mid, Kongsvinger) have been signed since last season.
The american talent Joshua Gatt (Mid/Att) has really impressed this pre-season. His quick pace and work rate makes him a good choice as a winger and as a backup wingback, and I think he will be a very important player for Molde this season.
Strømsgodset are traditionally a very solid home side, but they havent impressed on the road the latest seasons.
For this season, they have lost their star midfielder Mohammed Abu (was on loan from Manchester City) and their experienced defender Glenn Andersen.
They have added wingback Mounir Hamoud from Bodø/Glimt, and former top scorer Peter Kovacs to the club though.
Molde – Strømsgodset ended 2-2 in 2011.
Ole Gunnar Solskjærs reigning champions seem just as strong as last season, and the defense is very improved by the signing of Even Hovland from Sogndal.
Molde were 9-5-1 at home last season, while Strømsgodset were 1-6-8 on the road.
Its the season opener, so its hard to tell how good the teams are at the moment, but I feel Molde will win this game, as they have in-form players like Joshua Gatt (Mid/Att) to make a difference. Home win, money back if only won by one goal.
Molde (-1), 6/10 stakes, odds 1.92@PinnacleSports.
Joshua Gatt (Molde) to score, 4/10 stakes, odds 3.20@Unibet.