Norway Eliteserien – Tromsø v Ranheim Preview (27/10/19)

Match Preview

These two teams met on the opening day of the season and on that occasion Tromsø produced a come from behind 2-1 victory. Now both are embroiled in a tense relegation battle with what looks like a very congested lower half of the table. The term’ 6 pointer’ is thrown around all too often in these relegation tussles but this really is one of those. Victory for either team would be absolutely massive. Ranheim shocked everyone by beating Odd 4-1 at home last week. There was no way in a million years I saw that coming but RIL are a team that fights right to the death and so so extremely difficult to shake off. Ranheim have an upcoming Norwegian Cup semi final to look forward to in midweek away at Viking. I don’t know if they will have an eye on that clash or not but it could maybe have a slight effect. In terms of squad condition everything is fine apart from the long term injury to winger Eirik Tonne.

A trip to Tromsø is never easily, especially this time of year when it’s expected to be very cold and the chance of snow falling is much higher. Nobody wants to travel that far north in conditions like these and we saw an example of that in Tromsø’s most recent home match when they beat Kristiansund 5-0. I have always maintained the opinion that TIL won’t go down under the management of Simo Valakari but they could've done with picking something up at Viking last week. Instead, they are piling on the pressure in all of these home matches. Key defender and captain Simen Wangberg is suspended which isn’t ideal. Tromsø usually are usually far too leaky defensively and celebrated their half century of conceded goals last week. The 50 they’ve let in is by far the most in the league and their matches are usually quite open containing plenty of chances. Over 2.5 stands out as the best bet here in my opinion but I’m also going to nibble Tromsø -0.25. I am less confident about this pick but they should be odds-on favourites in my opinion. They like playing Ranheim and won both fixtures last season and the aforementioned opening day clash in 2019. The encounter at this stadium last season ended 4-0 and I see them prevailing again something like 2-1 or 3-1.

Prediction: 3-1

Recommended bet: Tromso -0.25 @1.98

Recommended bet: Over 2.5 goals @1.84