Norway Eliteserien – Haugesund v Vålerenga Preview (29/8/20)

Match Preview

Both sides beat newly promoted teams last week and in the case of Haugesund it was probably a relief to pick up another 3 points. They have been below par this season and kind of hovered above the relegation zone for the majority of the campaign. They now have a bit more of a comfort zone although their inconsistency continues to be a frustration. They blow far too hot and cold and the general problem for most of the season has been a lack of goals. Things have improved of late and they scored 3 times vs Stabaek & Aalesund and also weighed in with a brace vs Godset. The return of Ibrahima Wadji from his year long doping ban has definitely helped. Wadji brings much more of a presence to the side and is a physical beast when in the mood. The normally reliable defence has now gone four games without a clean sheet which isn’t very impressive when you consider the caliber of opponent faced recently.

Vålerenga travel here in 5th position and they are in the hunt for a bronze medal spot this season. They came from behind to beat Sandefjord late last week (2-1) scoring a couple of goals past the 85th minute. Dag Eilev Fagermo has got this bunch of players performing much better than in recent years, the question is whether they can remain consistent. It is usually around this time of the year when ‘Enga drop off a bit but I don’t see it happening this year. Defensive duo Sam Adekugbe and Ivan Nasberg are both doubtful due to injury. On the Haugesund side of things right back Mikkel Desler is rated questionable. This is a tough match to call and it could go either way. A draw feels about right with maybe 1-1 a possible option. I think both teams could score but at the same time I’m not convinced the match will open up. The odds look about right so this is a clear no bet match for me.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None