Tippeligaen – Sogndal v Sarpsborg Preview (18/9/16)

sog-ssSogndal preview

  • Just 1 win in 8 games has slightly put into question their Tippeligaen status. They are still well above the drop zone but continued below par results would add pressure.
  • Just one clean sheet during this period rather shows one of their problem areas.
  • Sogndal aren’t a team who can outscore others too often, only netting more than once on just a single occasion during this run.
  • Squad generally in good condition with few injuries to worry about and none to main starters.
  • Central midfielder Eirik Birkelund is suspended.

Sarpsborg preview

  • Just 1 win in 5 games has seen them drop down the form table.
  • Failure to beat two teams struggling down the bottom will be classed as a disappointment, they even lost at home to Bodo Glimt last week!
  • Still in sixth spot though and a good end to the season could see them challenge for a medal.
  • Absolutely everyone is available and they have no injuries or suspensions to worry about.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Both teams were in good form a couple of months ago but have slipped off the pace recently.
  • Confidence might be a bit low and this might play out into a tight, tactical affair.
  • Neither side is particularly known for it’s offensive strength but each possesses a fairly good defence.
  • In the really big moments Sarpsborg might just come out best and are perhaps the most likely to win.
  • All lines seem fair and the goal line is close to 2.25, which is unusually low in Norway.
  • Looks like a 0-0 contender, and if someone is to win then 1-0 likely.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: None