Norway Eliteserien – Viking v Haugesund Preview (25/6/17)

 

Match Preview

This is a big derby match between two fierce rivals and I think we will see a pulsating clash in which both sides give everything. Viking are a team who somehow find ways to drop points. They regularly concede late goals which has hindered their progress all season. Manager Ian Burchnall has been dealt a poor hand of cards this season, but in their current position it’s understandable why some people are talking about his position at the club. Defender Michael Ledger has left the club after a reasonably decent loan spell so they could be shorthanded at the back today. The squad is pretty threadbare anyway and this isn’t anything new for Viking.

Haugesund sensationally beat Rosenborg 1-0 last weekend and their defence has been surprisingly good this season. They've only conceded 9 in their last 11 games keeping 7 clean sheets in the process. I don’t particularly rate Haugesund that much but their ability to keep things tight needs to be respected. My gut feeling is that this will be a more open match than expected. Both of these fixtures were expected to be tight last season but exploded into life (4-1 & 3-2). Maybe the same will happen today? Viking DNB and over 2.25 does tempt me a little bit, but I would only be going on gut feeling and the best option here is to swerve the game. I think it’ll be a very interesting encounter though and worth a watch.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: None

 

 

Player importance explanation: K =Key, X =Regular XI starter, B = Bench player

 

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