Stuttgart 0 - 1 Molde

Match info: Europa League - Group E at Mercedes-Benz Arena

Date: 06/12/2012 KO: 18:00 Ref: K Blom Att: 15,000

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  • Last Updated: December 5 2012, 17:24 GMT

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

Bruno Labbadia: Wary of Molde
Bruno Labbadia: Wary of Molde

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 tomorrow's 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 on Thursday.

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