Norway Eliteserien – Haugesund v Rosenborg Preview (26/7/20)

Match Preview

It’s been a real struggle for Haugesund so far in 2020. They are hovering only just above the relegation zone and their only victories have been facing the likes of Start and Sandefjord. The biggest issue for FKH is scoring goals. They’ve only netted 6 times in 9 games which is actually the worst of anyone in the entire division. The defence has mostly been solid apart from taking a 6-1 battering away at Glimt, which we can almost excuse. There is a ray of light though. Key striker Ibrahima Wadji is back after serving his 1 year doping ban and with him upfront it gives them a lot more presence. Whether or not he starts today I’m not sure but it will be a great boost to the side to have him back.

Rosenborg travel here much improved in terms of results but they are still lacking a cutting edge. RBK could only draw 0-0 away against Start and put in a laboured display at home to Sandefjord last time out despite winning 2-1. Some good news for Rosenborg is that they will be strengthened in midfield with Anders Trondsen set for a starting spot soon and also new signing Per Ciljan Skelbred now ready to play for the club again 9 years since he left. The striker issue of Børven and Islamovic remains a conundrum and the simple fact is that Rosenborg don’t really create enough away from home.

I anticipate a low scoring match which is quite physical. You would probably back Rosenborg to get the win maybe with one moment of class or a set piece, but I couldn’t say so with any assurity. Under 2.5 goals would maybe be a good pick but the price looks poor.

Prediction: 0-1

Recommended bet: None