Norway Eliteserien – Stabaek v Sarpsborg Preview (16/7/20)

Match Preview

Stabaek seem to be up and down like a yo-yo this season which doesn’t really surprise me. I said pre season they would be one of the hardest teams to predict and it seems week to week anything is possible with this team. Who would really have predicted them to win away at Kristiansund in the last round? It wasn’t the most convincing performance but a late goal from Kornelius Hansen stole them the points. Hansen has been a good signing for them actually and there’s a touch of class about him. Stabaek have some quality players in their squad and prior to their last home match hadn’t conceded a goal here at the Nadderud Stadion. Rosenborg ended that streak by beating them 3-0 but this shouldn’t be such a tough test. There are doubts over the fitness of centre back Yaw Amankwah whilst midfielder Luc Kassi is injured.

Sarpsborg travel here on the back of successive wins against Sandefjord and Start. This followed on from a nightmare start which saw them lost five games in a row. This match will be more a barometer if they are truly back because they have only really beaten a couple of promoted sides who haven’t looked very good this season. Stabaek are a much better team who could prove to be awkward opponents. I like the idea of under 2.5 goals here but the price is skinny so I won’t get involved. Stabaek also look like a big price but I will give Sarpsborg some respect after finding some wins recently. Stabaek are also too inconsistent right now and can blow hot or cold. The problem Sarpsborg have is generally scoring and they also have a knack of making key mistakes which costs them. I could see 1-0 or 2-0 being likely scorelines here, whilst 0-0 can’t be ruled out either.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None