Norway Eliteserien – Mjøndalen v Rosenborg Preview (22/8/20)

Match Preview

Things were looking very bad for Mjøndalen when they lost 7 consecutive games but Vegard Hansen’s men have since bounced back with 1-0 wins vs Haugesund and Brann. I always knew they would rebound eventually and this extremely hard working team will die to get 3 points on the field. The victory against Haugesund was a typical sort of ‘dig in’ and ground out performance that Mjøndalen are renowned for under Hansen. Last week’s success at Brann had more of a lucky element. Inn old fashioned terms they totally shithoused their way to 3 points. MIF took the sting out of the game by time wasting, game management and their strong physical approach which frustrated Brann. They had one shot on target and scored from it. Despite those seven straight defeats, Mjøndalen actually have the best defensive record in the bottom half of the table. In fact, only 3 teams in the entire division have conceded fewer goals.

Rosenborg travel here on the back of home wins vs Sarpsborg and Aalesund but I think questions remain over their away form, which has been patchy at best for the last 18 months. This was one of the few fixtures they actually won on the road last season but Mjøndalen played them hard twice and I expect it will be another uncomfortable encounter for RBK. In midfield Skelbred and Kondradsen are still injured and their best player so far this year Kristoffer Zachariassen is rated doubtful. It was noticeable how much poorer they were in the 2nd half vs Aalesund last week without him on the field. RBK are still having to use Vegar Hedenstad out of position at left back but at least they seem to have finally gotten Dino Islamovic firing in front of goal.

There is no way I’d be interested in touching Rosenborg around the 1.90 mark. That doesn’t mean to say they won’t win but this is far from a banker. RBK have only scored 6 away goals in 6 games and half of those came vs Stabaek. They can be limited in the final third against teams who defend well. You just know that Mjøndalen are going to do everything within their power to frustrate and annoy their opponents here. Vegard Hansen would love a 0-0 draw or even think about sneaking another 1-0 victory. They will defend for their lives and possibly be hard to break down. If I was to bet anything here then under 2.75 would’ve been my selection. Something like 1-1 or 0-1 is what I expect and don’t even rule out the 0-0 if Rosenborg have one of their goal shy days.

Prediction: 0-1

Recommended bet: None