Norway Eliteserien – Stabaek v Sandefjord Preview (24/6/20)

Match Preview

Stabaek have drawn a couple of matches so far 0-0 vs MIF and then 2-2 away at local rivals VIF. They are a tough side to predict and I expect that to be the case throughout much of the season. Perhaps the one area which is really letting them down is the lack of a proper classy striker and there is talk that Kinoshita will be benched for this game in favour of someone else. Stabaek struggled to break down MIF in the first round and will probably face a similar challenge today. A bit of creativity, flair and extra class will probably be needed but Stabaek have enough weapons in their ranks. I would expect the defence to be solid and relatively untroubled here.

Sandefjord have to be commended for their great start as they’ve already picked up 4 points. But you could argue that this will be their toughest test yet. Odd don’t look right this season so far and Start are a fellow promoted side. Stabaek represent more of a test and let’s not forget this will be the third match in the space of seven days. Sandefjord have one of the smallest squads in the league and at some stage that will be exposed. The manager doesn’t really have too many quality rotation options. I’m expecting a tight sort of contest which could certainly be an under 2.5 type match. Stabaek probably find a way to win it 1-0 or 2-0 and their price is tempting. However, Sandefjord have started well enough that I’ll respect them and not bet on this match.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None