Tippeligaen – Haugesund v Stromsgodset Preview (6/11/16)

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Haugesund preview

  • A win for FKH could see the them finish as high as fourth which would probably secure a Europa League spot.
  • They’ll have to do so without three key players. Captain and centre back Troost Ekong & midfielder Filip Kiss are suspended.
  • Striker, Agdestein is also banned although his form has dropped since it was revealed he’s leaving the club at the end of the season.
  • Haugesund have only lost one match in front of their own fans this season and have generally been very secure here.

Stromsgodset preview

  • A surprise win against Rosenborg last week followed bitter disappointment in the NM Cup and an an overall difficult season.
  • New coach Skullerud will be planning for the next campaign and would like to sign off with a victory.
  • Midfielder, Mohammed Abu is suspended but everyone else is available apart from Vaagen Moen who isn't that important anyway.
  • A win could potentially see them finish as high as fourth (albeit unlikely) so Godset do at least have some motivation.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Haugesund have only won 1 of their last 7 games and haven’t particularly finished the season very well. Without two key influential players it could be a difficult challenge for them today.
  • Godset don’t have a lot of pressure on their shoulders and can just enjoy themselves here. It might be that the visitors play the spoiler role.
  • For a team somewhat out of form, Haugesund around the 2.10 mark make little appeal. I think this could be an over match but with a line of over 3 to cover, this looks a bit steep.
  • I could see both teams challenging for the victory late on and something crazy like a 3-2 either way or a 2-2 draw could be possible. But it’s not a match I want to bet on.

Prediction: 2-2

Recommended bet: None