Tippeligaen – Bodo Glimt v Start Preview (28/8/16)

BODO-START

Bodo Glimt preview

Bodo at least managed to pick up a point last week away against Valerenga. They defended well for a change and probably just about deserved a draw. But things are still far from rosy for the northern outfit. It’s been a while since they last won a game and position wise, Bodo are precariously placed just above the relegation zone. They aren’t a very good team but maybe some new recent signings can make a difference. They looked a bit better last week and this is an ideal chance to pick up three points. Centre back Brede Moe is going to be out for a while due to illness, whist midfielder Thomas Jacobsen is suspended.

Start preview

For two consecutive matches, Start have managed to rescue a point in games thanks to a late equaliser. They still haven't won a Tippeligaen match for over a year, but at least are showing some fight recently,. They'd dearly love to end their shocking run, but I sense they are maybe due a poor performance again. Some players who have shown some improvement in recent weeks, Dulle Johnson and Denny Antwi will both miss this match because of suspension and injury respectively. Start can be an annoying away side because they have drawn 5 of their 10 road affairs, and rarely get blown out.

Conclusion & betting analysis

Bodo need to win, should win and probably will win. However, there’s an awful lot of pressure on their shoulders and failure to pick up three points at home to Start would really dent their survival chances. It’s quite simply a must win occasion for them, but that doesn't always lead to a good performance. Start are a poor outfit but every match is pretty much a free pass for them now. Relegation is all but confirmed and all they have left to play for is a chance to try and end their winless record. I don't expect this’ll be a particularly appetising game of football. Something like a 1-0 or 2-0 home victory is likely, But I see no value on Bodo at such a short price and the goal line is set too high as well. This isn’t one to get involved in, or even watch. I’m expecting a poor affair.

Prediction: 1-0
Recommended bet: None