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Norway Eliteserien – Brann v Rosenborg Preview (28/6/20)

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Where to watch on TV - Eurosport UK 19:30 BST

There’s a new era at Rosenborg after Eirik Horneland was sacked on Thursday night. He was not the only problem at the club but a significant reason why the team have been struggling. Trond Fredriksen will be taking temporary charge with Mikel Dorsin as his assistant. These are two RBK legends who should be able to get more out of the players. Perhaps more concerning is how poor the RBK squad has looked fitness wise. It’s like they've lacked energy and on the back of just a 3 day gap there could be some tiredness. This is not the youngest of squads either.

They travel to Bergen to take on a Brann squad who are unbeaten and won't be easy to break down. Recent meetings between the two sides have been notoriously tight and Brann haven’t been without success. They won’t get a better chance to kick an RBK that is already on the floor right now and have the sort of personnel who are strong mentally. This is a difficult match to predict because surely we will see some sort of reaction from RBK after the Horneland sacking. This is going to be physical, fiercely contested and my gut feeling is it will be low scoring. The bookies aren’t taking any chances but I think UNDER 2.25 is worth backing at a decent price. It’s a 0-0 contender if both teams defend well and a small bet on no goalscorer at 8/1 is probably worth a nibble too.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: Under 2.25 goals @2.06

Recommended bet: No goalscorer @9.0

Norway Eliteserien – Sandefjord v Haugesund Preview (28/6/20)

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Sandefjord lost 0-2 away at Stabaek in midweek and to be honest they were pretty much outplayed and outclassed. It didn’t help their cause that midfielder Emil Palsson was sent off around the hour mark so they had to play the last 20 mins with 10 men. This is currently a really hectic schedule in the Eliteserien with matches every 3 or 4 days and it can be a massive struggle for teams like Sandefjord who have a small squad. I kind of fear for them here today if they play like they did in midweek. So far at least Marti Cifuentes’ men have four points on the board though and have had some positive moments during the season.

Haugesund had a nightmare start to the season and the big low was getting hammered 6-1 by Glimt last week. They finally showed something in the second half vs KBK on wednesday, coming back to draw 2-2. I still think they are lacking something in attack and they are desperate for Ibrahima Wadji to return, something that doesn’t happen until mid July. This is one of the hardest matches of the day to predict and nothing would surprise me too much. But I’m going to side with the extra quality and class plus the experience of Haugesund. Their squad depth is that bit more and it could make the difference. A low scoring 0-1 or 0-2 is what I think might happen but nothing interests me betting wise.

Prediction: 0-1

Recommended bet: None

Norway Eliteserien – Strømsgodset v Aalesund Preview (28/6/20)

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Where to watch on TV - Eurosport UK 17:00 BST

Strømsgodset have had a good start this season and remain unbeaten after 3 games with 7 points on the board. They won quite a wild encounter in midweek when they beat Sarpsborg 3-2 on the road. From a defensive point of view SIF struggled and the fitness of fullbacks Jonathan Parr and Lars Vilsvik will be key here. Herman Stengel has also beren carrying a knock recently and should be monitored. In their one home match so far SIF looked relatively solid against Odd and ground out a 1-0 win. But I don’t think this will be the norm for them because the weak part of the team does appear to be at the back. Going forwards the threat of Salvesen, Mawa and potentially the likes of Tokstad & Ikaunieks will always give them decent chances of goals though.

Aalesund travel here with some big problems defending but at least they now have a point on the board after drawing with Brann 2-2. They have conceded a whopping 13 goals in their 3 game so far and to be quite frankly honest it could have been more. You have to think head coach Lars Bohinen at some stage will try and improve their backline but right now I’m not sure he can. AFK remain without midfield linchpins Jordon Mutch and Fredrik Carlsen and can be quite soft in this area of the field. Fortunately, Aalesund can attack quite well and the obvious pick here is over 3 goals. Until their defence shows any sign of improving then this has to be the play and another 2-2 draw of SIF 3-2 type of victory could be on the cards.

Prediction: 3-2

Recommended bet: Over 3 goals @1.95

Norway Eliteserien – Molde v Stabaek Preview (28/6/20)

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Molde showed why they are champions in all three games so far. They had to overcome a plucky Aalesund side in the first round and then dug out a 1-0 victory against key rivals RBK. It looked like their 100% record was going to be ended by Start on Wednesday night but a last gasp Gregersen winner gave them a 3-2 victory. It was the sort of moment why they will probably win the gold medal again this year. However, from a footballing point of view there were some concerns about midweek for MFK. They were strangely lacklustre at times and also looked vulnerable. I have said many times that you CAN actually get at their defence if you are good enough and have the right sort of players. For this match key striker Leke James will probably return from injury but the squad has so much depth that they have so many options in the final third. It’s quite sick how loaded they are really.

Stabaek travel here on the back of a comfortable 2-0 victory vs Sandefjord in midweek. They remain unbeaten and might be able to cause Molde some problems. Stabaek have the potential to have a strong defence but key centre back Yaw Amankwah is rated doubtful here and he’d be a big loss. I don’t think Stabaek will be able to resist the Molde forwards anyway, but what they do have is some fast young players who could wreak havoc on the counter attack. The bet that stands out to me is over 3 goals. This fixture has a history of being high scoring anyway but the sheer amount of attacking ability on the field should probably yield a decent over type of match. Something like a 3-1 or 3-2 Molde win wouldn't surprise me. Stabaek can be competitive and run them close but MFK always have that firepower to bulldoze anyone.

Prediction: 3-1

Recommended bet: Over 3 goals @1.99

Norway Eliteserien – Vålerenga v Viking Preview (27/6/20)

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Vålerenga started off the season with a solid 1-0 away win at Sarpsborg but have since come back down to earth by drawing 2-2 with Stabaek and then getting beaten 4-1 by Odd. A few gremlins have reared their ugly heads in the last couple of matches. It’s clear VIF really missed key centre back Jonathan Tollas Nation who basically has to be man managed in a Ledley King sort of way. He certainly hasn’t got the fitness to play two matches in the space of a week but he should return here. Whether or not new midfield signing Fredrik Oldrup Jense is fit to return is questionable. You just feel without him the midfield lacks bite and ball winners. Young talented goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson needs to stop making mistakes, especially on misjudging crosses.

Viking have started slow out of the blocks and only have one point after 3 games. Things were expected to be much better for them this year but something hasn’t quite clicked for them yet. It must be said they have faced three teams who are either pretty good or in excellent form though so results might not be as bad as suggested on paper. The manager has a big squad here and he needs to fully work out what is the best XI for this game. I think this is a tough game to predict and could go either way. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it being a lower scoring sort of contest with maybe a draw the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None