Norway Eliteserien – Mjøndalen v Odd Preview (29/7/20)

Match Preview

Mjøndalen have now lost 5 games in a row and as a result find themselves inside the relegation zone. They haven’t been that bad during this period but a lack of goals and a string of unfortunate events seem to have hit them hard. MIF are almost finding ways to lose games and their lack of a proper plan B or C is perhaps hindering them. Manager Vegard Hansen is still doing a very good job here, let’s not forget on paper they are limited compared to most sides in the Eliteserien. But their physical and direct play can have its ceiling. Little breaks of the ball haven’t gone their way, chances not converted and set pieces not quote falling to the right people. This will change at some point but I think it has to be concerning they lost to the likes of Godset and Sandefjord recently.

Odd have found some form of late winning 3 of their last 4 games. I don’t think they are as good as their league position suggests though and my main concern is regarding firepower. Odd clearly missed Torgeir Børven after he departed to Rosenborg and they’ve just been hit by the broken leg of Tobias Lauritsen who will probably be out of action until at least November or even the whole season. Musha Bakenga was signed a few weeks ago and is now going to forced into employment. But he’s not the clinical type of finisher they require and far too injury prone. Mjøndalen actually won this fixture 2-0 last season and I wouldn’t be surprised if they got some points again tonight.

The bet I like is under 2.5 goals. This is going to be a physical sort of bitty contest between a couple of teams who lack firepower. I don’t think we shall see a 0-0 because someone will probably score from a set piece or something. But this doesn’t strike me as the sort of fixture which will explode into life or anything.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: UNDER 2.5 goals @1.99