Norway Eliteserien – Start v Sarpsborg Preview (8/11/20)

Match Preview

Start

  • Now inside the automatic relegation places after Mjøndalen beat Godset on Saturday evening
  • Decent 4-4-4 home record and have performed quite strongly at this stadium
  • Midfielder Mohamed El Makrini suspended and key man Eirik Schulze an injury doubt

Sarpsborg

  • Winless in 3 games but situated relatively comfortably in midtable on 28 points
  • Poor away record this year (2-3-6) and only scored 9 goals on their travels
  • Key left wing back Joachim Thomassen suspended
  • Attacking duo Mos & Molins both doubtful due to injury

Conclusion & Betting analysis

This is a difficult match to call. Start are definitely a lot better at home this year and have at times sprung a few surprises, such as the 5-1 victory vs Haugesund. But they lack consistency and now have a weight of pressure on their shoulders. Can they respond? Sarpsborg are the better outfit but are much weaker on the road and too unreliable for my liking. The odds look about right and the only pick that would tempt me is probably under 2.5. I suspect this will be a tight game of football but at this stage of the season anything can happen so let’s leave it alone.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None