Norway Eliteserien – Viking v Sarpsborg Preview (26/7/20)

Match Preview

It hasn’t been a great season for Viking so far. They’ve only won a couple of games but at least one of those came in the last round away at Haugesund (2-0). There have been a few reasons why they haven’t done as well this year. Too much inconsistency with team selection, injuries and a bunch of other things. I feel like they are trending upwards though. An unfortunate defeat to Odd at home was followed up by a 5-0 battering at Molde, but even in that game there were positive signs. Now that they finally got 3 points again maybe they can look forward and get on a good run. Plenty of uncertainty remains about a number of players regarding injuries. 

Sarpsborg have steadied the ship after a very poor start which saw them lose their first five games. They have since beaten the likes of Sandefjord, Start and Odd. I think it’s been fortunate that they’ve faced some low scoring teams of late and had a softer fixture list. Maybe today is another soft game though because Viking haven’t exactly been tearing up any trees. I don’t see this being a particularly great game and under 2.5 goals catches my eye as a potential bet. However, Viking home matches have generally been more open this season and I sense they will try and impose themselves here.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None