Norway Eliteserien – Mjøndalen v Haugesund Preview (9/8/20)

Match Preview

Mjøndalen have lost 7 consecutive games and will be desperate to at least get something here and end that slump. I think MIF have at times been very unlucky during this barren stretch with a number of refereeing decisions going against them. It also feel like they have been very close to scoring goals at crucial times but have somehow missed, hit the woodwork or come up against some top goalkeeping. Key veteran midfielder and leader Christian Gauseth is still injured and they have missed his presence on the field. The last two losses to Odd and Start have been more worrying because they were legitimately outplayed and seemed to be lacking confidence. They have a squad and coaching staff that is tough mentally though and they will bounce back at some stage.

Haugesund have found form again recently by beating Rosenborg and Stabaek. FKH even managed to find their scoring boots last week as Kristoffer Velde scored a sensational hat trick. He is a streaky sort of player so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go well again here. Kevin Krygard came off the bench to assist two of those goals. Unfortunately the man he replaced on the field last week Ibrahima Wadji is injured. Wadji wanted a whole year to get back on the field following a doping ban and it was already notable how much more of a presence he gave to the team since coming back into the lineup. Wadji is unlikely to play today and they will miss his sheer physicality against a team like Mjøndalen.

This is a clash between the two lowest scoring teams in the Eliteserien so under 2.25 goals looks like a sensible bet. I think this will be a very physical stop/start type of match with few chances from open play and it could be a 0-0 contender.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: Under 2.25 goals @1.93