Norway Eliteserien – Sarpsborg v Haugesund Preview (29/7/20)

Match Preview

Sarpsborg have probably become the most boring and uninteresting side to watch in the Eliteserien. Mikael Stahre’s 3-4-3 formation sometimes reverts to 5-4-1 system and their matches don’t tend to be very end to end or exciting. Stahre is generally effective but they have run into problems when the defence has a bad day. That happened at the weekend when Viking thrashed them 3-0 and Sarpsborg put in what was probably their worst performance of the season. At least #S08 have three victories to their name but they’ve only beaten the likes of Sandefjord, Start and Odd. I don’t think this is a particularly good team and the main strength is an ability to keep things generally tight.

Haugesund travel here as the lowest scoring side in the league but they did beat Rosenborg 1-0 on Sunday. That result ended a run of 3 consecutive defeats and moved them back into the midtable range. Haugesund have also lacked firepower this season but the return of Ibrahima Wadji from his year long doping ban appeared to give them a different dimension upfront. He offers a strong physical presence and a decent level of finishing. Even if Wadji starts again I think this is a clear under 2.25 goals pick though. The main strength of both teams is at the back and neither seem to score very freely. This is a 0-0 candidate which I expect to be dominated by defence.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: UNDER 2.25 goals @1.96