Norway Eliteserien – Sarpsborg v Start Preview (12/7/20)

Match Preview

Sarpsborg finally got on the board by beating Sandefjord 3-0 last weekend. It was a much needed victory for head coach Mikael Stahre who had started with five successive defeats. I think what that result showed was that Sarpsborg should be fine against the really poor outfits in this league and perhaps Start fit into that category. The newly promoted outfit have been competitive but yet to win a game. Maybe the seven day break will help them out here and allow certain players to recharge their batteries. Start have been hit hard by injuries and certain players not in peak physical condition.

I suspect this will be a tight game of football. Sarpsborg have for the most part struggled to score goals this season. It was only against Sandefjord in which they were quite clinical when finally the net began to bulge. Stahre has been employing a 3-4-3 system which doesn’t seem to create that many clear cut chances. If I had to stick my neck out I’d say Sarpsborg win this game, maybe something like 1-0. But I’m not particularly confident. Something tells me under 2.5 would also be a good bet but that all depends how well Start defend. Overall, I think this is probably a good match to avoid betting on and just watch.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None