Norway Eliteserien – Bodø/Glimt v Sandefjord Preview (3/10/20)

Match Preview

Bodø/Glimt

The home side will be without star man Jens Petter Hauge who has been sold to AC Milan. This is obviously a major blow because he’s an incredible talent who has torn apart the Eliteserien this year. Hauge has only missed one match which was a tight 2-1 victory vs Kristiansund. I would expect Ola Solbakken or Sebastian Tounekti to take his place on the left wing. Bodø/Glimt are also without key centre back Marius Lode for this match due to suspension. Lode has featured in every single fixture this season and a big part of their backline. I also wonder whether there’s a chance striker Kasper Junker might not play. He has been strongly linked with a move away from the club in recent days so there’s a chance he could be pulled. Victor Boniface is a more than able replacement though.

Sandefjord

The visitors have been brilliant this season under the management of Marti Cifuentes and continue to defy expectations. They claimed a shock 1-0 victory away at Molde last week and are now as high as 11th in the table. Sandefjord produced a resolute defensive performance in that game and it rather sums up their qualities. They have the best defensive record of any team in the bottom half of the table and are usually well set up, organised and just an awkward side to face. Sandefjord are also a threat on the break and if they had a bit more class in the final third would probably score more goals. Their away record is a weird one; won 4 and lost 6 with no draws.

Conclusion & Betting analysis

Bodø/Glimt remain unbeaten and have won a massive 17 out of 19 games. They have a ridiculous 100% record at Aspmyra Stadion scoring 35 goals and just conceding 7 times. Of course, the big question mark is how they will cope without Jens Petter Hauge but I think this fixture wouldn’t have been a walk in the park even if he played. Sandefjord came within 10 mins of getting a draw against Glimt in the reverse fixture and have a knack of keeping things close vs the bigger teams. Cifuentes is a top coach and will have some sort of game plan to try and keep them competitive here. The goal line is 3.75 and the Asian Handicap -2 on Glimt but neither of those bets interest me. In fact, a really ballsy bet would be to take Sandefjord +2. I think there’s a chance they could cover that handicap and stay close in the game. Something like a 2-1 or 3-1 wouldn’t surprise me here and I just don’t see the visitors rolling over easily.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: None