Norway Eliteserien – Rosenborg v Viking Preview (30/7/20)

Match Preview

Rosenborg have finally lost a game under the management of interim coach Trond Henriksen as they went down 0-1 vs Haugesund on Sunday. RBK recently announced that Henriksen would be in charge for the remainder of the season whilst they search for a long term suitable candidate for the top job. They have looked better since he took charge with motivation, drive and general edge improved but the same problem seems to remain for RBK and that is scoring and creating enough chances. Signing Torgeir Børven will help them but I think they have to accept that it’s either him or Dino Islamovic upfront, having them in the same team in this system isn’t going to work.

Islamovic is suspended for this game anyway, as is midfielder Kristoffer Zachariassen who has been their best player so far in 2020. A few games ago this would have looked like a home win but Viking have dramatically improved. They’ve kept two clean sheets in a row and beaten Haugesund and Sarpsborg 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. I can’t really put my finger on what has changed exactly but maybe something just clicked. This Viking squad was always too good to simply just struggle down in the lower reaches of the table anyway. 

Under 3 goals definitely tempts me here. Rosenborg just never seem to be involved in many high scoring contests these days and actually only one of their matches has contained over 3 goals this season (facing Glimt 2-3). RBK do have a solid defence which can be difficult to penetrate and Viking haven’t been the most free scoring side this year. I just haven’t seen much recently that suggests that this match will explode so when the goal line is this high I cannot resist taking some of the under. A fairer sort of goal line is probably 2.5 so this is a bit way off, likely due to reputation and perception.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: Under 3 goals @1.79