Norway Eliteserien – Haugesund v Kristiansund Preview (24/6/20)

Match Preview

Haugesund endured a terrible Sunday, getting absolutely battered 6-1 by Bodø/Glimt and to be honest things could’ve been worse. They were absolutely torn apart by a very good side which is obviously a big concern. That was never going to be an easy road trip though and there’s a chance FKH could bounce back. The manager must surely make some changes to the starting XI and freshen things up. Haugesund play on a natural grass surface which will probably help them here in more familiar surroundings. They do have the ability on paper to keep things solid and I would imagine they focus more on shape, discipline and trying to keep things tight. Old dog Christian Grindheim will be missing from midfield due to injury and they are still roughly 3 weeks away from seeing Ibrahima Wadji on the field after his doping ban. Could this be the time to re-introduce key man Alexander Stølås at left back? The problem is his fitness but they need all the help they can get.

Kristiansund travel here on a huge high after hammering Aalesund 7-2. Key attacker Amahl Pellegrino was simply unplayable in that game but has a tendency to blow hot or cold so maybe he will surfer some sort of ‘comedown’ here? The manager likes to rotate a lot and so despite having such a great result on Sunday there could be a few changes to the team. This might especially be the case in defence and midfield. He would be daft to change such great attacking chemistry but someone like Flamur Kastrati does have to be game managed due to an extensive injury history. My personal feeling is that Haugesund are overpriced here. How can Kristiansund be favourites with some bookies? There could be a case of an overreaction on both sides and it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if Haugesund rebounded. Expect them to be much more solid and hard to break down here but there are so many question marks that I can’t touch the game from a betting point of view.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None