Europa League

December 6, 2012

Full-time

VfB Stuttgart

0 - 1

Molde

Group E

18:00 +00:00, December 6, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Arena

Referee: Kevin Blom

Molde clash will not be easy - Labbadia

Team Stat Comparison

VfB Stuttgart Molde
Matches Played 6 6
Table Position 2 4
Points 8 6
Goal Difference 3 -2
Goals for * 0.7 0.7
Goals against * 1.0 1.3
Last 5 L-L-W-D-L W-L-L-L-W
Last 5 home L-D-L-D-D L-L-W-W
Last 5 away L-W-W-W-L W-L-L-W
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: VfB Stuttgart | Molde

Competition Stats

VfB Stuttgart Molde
Goals Vedad Ibisevic 5 Daniel Chukwa 3
Assists Shinji Okazaki 2
Yellows Vedad Ibisevic 4 Vegard Forren 2
Squads: VfB Stuttgart | Molde

Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia has warned his players not to expect an easy time of things against Molde as they look to claim a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

The Bundesliga club have everything to play for in Group E where they lie second in the standings, two points behind leaders Steaua Bucharest and one ahead of FC Copenhagen.

If Stuttgart can match or better FCK's result against Steaua they will progress to the knockout round, and they could even top the pool if things work in their favour.

Molde will finish bottom of the group regardless, with just one win so far from five matches, but Labbadia insists that record does not make them easy pickings.

"This will be a game of patience for us,'' he told a press conference.

"Our opponents are difficult to assess because their league has already finished and they have not played any competitive matches in the last few weeks.

"The can make life very difficult for us. They are not a bad side, even with eight or nine players defending in the penalty area.

"We will have to put on a show of strength against them.''

Molde wrapped up their second successive domestic Tippeliga title in mid-November, with their only match since then a 2-1 defeat to FCK in Europe.

Yet while the players can look forward to a break following the fixture, club administrators will spend time totting up the benefits of reaching the group stage.

"We expect to bring in over 20 million (kroner) from the Europa League campaign,'' club president Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen told TV2 Sport.

"Although there are some expenses, among other things connected to travel and accommodation, we expect to be left with a nice profit.''

New signing Orjan Haskjold Nyland has been included in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad for the trip to Stuttgart, although he will not play a part in the match.