Round 5 of the Norwegian ‘Eliteserien’ is on the steps and we will have a look at the match ups. It is a weekend with many tricky matches. Many teams have yet to find the form they were expected to find, while others are ahead of any expectations.
18.00 – Strømsgodset – Sandefjord
First up is Strømsgodset – Sandefjord. Promoted as a local derby this is an important match for the home team. They have not got the start to the season as they hoped, and only managed to get a draw at home to Aalesund and a draw against Sogndal. Being a team that chases medals, this got to get better for SIF. Sandefjord are more than happy to have 6 points after 4 rounds. In fact, they might even deserve more, as they barely lost in overtime to LSK and Rosenborg were helped by a stupid red card. At face value this match should be done and dusted for Strømsgodset, but considering how they have looked on the pitch lately, this one is far from easy to predict. But we still think Drammens pride will end up with the win here, as they are usually strong side to face at ‘Marienlyst’
18.00: Rosenborg – Aalesund
Rosenborg are, as expected at the top of the league. But if you look closer at their performance so far, it is a pure miracle they have 12 out of 12 points so far. Very lucky to get away with a win against Viking last weekend, and has not frightened anyone with their play yet. But it is always a good sign when you win without impressing. Aalesund has struggled with their defence, and get their biggest challenge so far. Looked much better against Strømsgodset two weeks ago, and snatched the win at home against LSK. Aafk will be happy they have managed to turn the bad trend around, but we think RBK will win at home, as usual.
18.00: Vålerenga – Songdal
Ronny Deila came to Vålerenga as a saviour but has so far produced little. There are clear signs that their defence needs a lot of work, and the potential of their attacking force has yet to be utilized. Tollås Nation is back this weekend, giving some strength back to the back four. Sogndal is not the best away team either, and has not played to the same level as Eirik Bakkes boys managed last season. Sogndal is quite a lot worse away from home, and usually plays at artificial turf at home, which could make a little difference in this match as well. Another tricky game here, and VIF have the most pressure to keep up with the top 5-6 teams. We do not dare to predict a winner, but we might see quite a lot of goals in this one!
18.00: Viking – Odd
Odd faces a Viking team that finally got a positive feeling after meeting Rosenborg last round. Despite the loss, Viking had Rosenborg to its knees at several occasions and could very easily got away with both 1 and 3 points in that match. Odd has either looked great, or struggled to get their play going. 6 points is not as much as they want, but the team is strong enough to be a contender for the gold alongside Rosenborg and Molde. Many tipsters predict few goals here and we do not disagree.
18.00: Sarpsborg 08 – Kristiansund
If there is one team that has performed up to, and beyond their expectation this season, its Sarpsborg 08. 3 straight wins gave them the league lead after 3 rounds but a costly red card against Stabæk, gave Ohi the chance to score his second hat-trick of the season, and give S08 the first loss in 2017. Kristiansund have 3 points from the home game against a strong Brann team. They have showed proof that they can “park the bus” but will need to come forward if they wish to survive this season. Sarpsborg has showed great attacking power and will give their guests a challenge here. Suspended Rosted will be missed for Sarpsborg, but Trondsen and Mortensen are in amazing form and could very well be the ones to decide this match. We think the home team will win it, but don’t expect to many goals here
18.00: Tromsø – Stabæk
A very interesting match between two teams that has showed everything from amazing performances to the most dreadful stuff you can imagine. Ohi has two hat-tricks so far, but these result does not tell the full story. Stabæk has been very good at home, but struggled away to a pretty weak Sogndal, losing 4-1. Stabæk also have a very challenging home pitch, and this is a lot of the reason they have managed to outplay Odd and Sarpsborg at home. The artificial turf in Tromsø should give them a new type of challenge, just like it did in Sogndal. With Tromsøs history as a good home team, and Stabæks history as a horrible away team, we think this rounds best pick, is to bet on Tromsø. Currently at 1.93 at Pinnacle
20.00: Lillestrøm – Brann
This rounds main match. Two teams with great history in the league, but with a darker recent history. Brann won the league in 2007, but has since been down one division, but yet, managed a sensational silver last season. Brann has approached this season as the last one, with defending in focus. Except a loss away to newly promoted Kristiansund, Brann has looked like they are one route. In the last game Børven finally showed what he can do in front of the goal. If he manages to keep this up, Brann will be a big contender for the medals also this season. Lillestrøm barely managed to survive last season, and looks like it could be hard this season as well. But Erlandsen have managed to straighten the defence up and the do look somewhat better this year. Still we think LSK should be glad there are so many worse teams in the league at this point, or else they would be in real danger of relegating. Åråsen is always a challenge for visitors, but Brann is a solid team that should be capable to take all the points from this tie. Difficult match to put too many units on, but the odds might be good for Brann to win it.
19.00: Haugesund – Molde
Molde really disappointed many last season with not being able to give Rosenborg a fight for the gold medal. So far, this season, they seem to have made the adjustments necessary. Sander Svendsen looks like he could be locating his potential, and Gregersen has really filled Forrens shoes in defence. Still Molde have some challenges in the back. Are their wing backs good enough? Sigurdarson had a great match against Vålerenga, and MFK are very dependent on him finding the goal many times this season to keep up. Haugesund is a team you never really know where you got. Usually a very good home team, and historically this is a match up they are comfortable with. Gykjær and Shuaibu.
As mentioned, alot of difficult matches this weekend. But our free bet this weekend, is Tromsø at home at around 1.90. Good luck, and have a great weekend!