Tippeligaen – Viking v Aalesund Preview (21/10/16)

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Viking preview

  • The hosts have only lost 1 of their last 6 games but a quest to finish in the medal positions looks beyond them now.
  • Viking could steal a few more places up the table with a good finish but they just haven't looked that great recently.
  • It’s fair to say they haven't looked that bad either and the general feeling is that they are just treading water.
  • It’s been a tough season for the club off the field and once senses they could rather limp over the finishing line a bit. At least they are at full strength due to no injuries or suspensions.

Aalesund preview

  • A superb run of five consecutive victories has lifted Aalesund into the safety of midtable and it would now take an incredibly freak set of results to see them finish in a relegation position.
  • A really solid defence has seem them win the last three games all by a 1-0 scoreline. For a back line which has been so poor for most of the campaign, it’s been a spectacular turnaround!
  • The offense has just about done enough and they've converted chances when it matters. Key winger Edwin Gyasi returns from suspension and he’s been in red hot form.
  • Centre back Oddbjorn Lie is rated doubtful because of injury, but he missed last week’s game too and the coach might be reluctant to risk him.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Viking are an odds-on favourite here, which looks too short. They have shown very little signs of late that they deserve to be a 1.82 shot in this game.
  • Of course, many will question Aalesund’s motivation now that it looks like they are safe. But this team has won 5 games in a row and have a serious amount of momentum!
  • Viking have only won one match by more than a one goal margin since the end of May. Therefore, taking Aalesund +0.75 looks like a good bet to me.
  • I don’t think this will be a great game to watch and it could be quite tight. If the visitors can keep the same intensity as in recent weeks then they have an excellent chance of obtaining at least a point.
  • Under 2.75 looks generously priced as well, but in this instance I’d rather just keep to the Aalesund +0.75 pick.

Prediction: 0-1

Recommended bet 1 unit: Aalesund +0.75 @ 1.87