Norway Eliteserien – Brann v Vålerenga Preview (1/8/20)

Match Preview

The key to this game could be who recovers best from a midweek defeat. Brann have now actually gone four games without a win and are languishing in midtable. They are failing to convert a lot of chances at the moment with only Gilbert Koomson looking somewhat efficient in the final third of the field. To be honest, when I look at this squad on paper I think there’s a case to say they are underachieving. Brann should be challenging for a medal position but they are making too many mistakes and coming up short in too many key situations that is preventing them from fulfilling their potential. First choice keeper Ali Ahamada is injured and centre back Vegard Forren is rated doubtful.

Vålerenga lost 1-4 at Molde on Wednesday and this brought to an end their 7 game unbeaten streak. They were simply beaten by a side of high class who are at a different level right now. Having said that, I do think that VIF had been quite lucky recently and they had been especially fortunate not to concede more goals. Ultimately, that sort of thing always catches up with you eventually and it was probably for the best it happened facing Molde rather than anyone else. The visitors have a few injuries in all areas of the squad and I suspect they could be quite tired after a bruising week.

This is a really difficult match to predict and it could go either way. It feels quite drawish and I have no real intention of getting involved.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None