Tippeligaen – Sogndal v Bodo Glimt Preview (24/7/16)


Sogndal preview

Eirik Bakke’s men are unbeaten in nine matches approaching this contest. That is an excellent return for a promoted team like themselves and they now seem likely to have a comfortable season in midtable. Sogndal are clearly playing with great confidence at the moment and are really relaxed. There’s hardly any pressure on them right now and the team is very stable and playing for each other. A couple of months ago they were quite a defensive side, hard to break down but offered relatively little going forwards. Now it’s much different and Sogndal have found their scoring boots. They still work very hard to win the ball back and played some excellent stuff in their last game here, beating Molde 4-3. Sogndal have only lost once at the Fosshaugane Campus in 2016 and it’s a difficult place to visit.

Bodo Glimt preview

The northern outfit had a sticky spell but have come back from the summer break in good form. Bodo have picked up seven points from three games which is an excellent return when you consider they've faced the likes of Odd & Rosenborg. The team is clearly now playing with more confidence at the moment and seems to have found its scoring boots. The trio up front, Olsen, Jevtovic & Azemi have a pretty good chemistry with each other. Bodo have won two of their last three on the road and I think they’ll be quite positive in their approach. Traditionally, this is a strong counter attacking side who like to catch teams out with their pace.

Conclusion & Betting analysis

This is a nice midtable battle between a couple of teams in good form. It’s difficult to know which way it’ll go but in general I think that Sogndal are priced too short with the bookies. Bodo have the potential to be really dangerous here and I think they'll create enough chances to threaten. Because both sides are confident and feeling good about themselves I think this will be a pretty open encounter. The goal line catches my eye at 2.75 and this might be generous the way each team is operating right now. Sogndal have a reputation of being a boring tight team but I actually think they are much more comfortable going forwards now. I think this’ll be a good game of football, on a surface both sides are used to. Hopefully it’ll yield at least three goals with the possibility of a few more.

Prediction: 2-2
Recommended bet: Over 2.75 goals @ 2.0 (minimum price acceptable 1.85)

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