Tippeligaen – Viking v Lillestrom Preview (28/8/16)


Viking preview

The Stavanger side continued their mid season slump last week when they lost at Tromso. Viking have now only won 1 of their last 7 games and I just have a feeling their season will eventually fizzle out. Too many off the field problems have been a distraction, and they've been losing important players in recent months transferring away from the club. I just sense a flat atmosphere around the place and it’s transferring to the pitch as well. Viking actually have the fourth worst home record out of anyone in the league and they haven't played particularly well in front of their own fans this season. Injuries and suspensions aren’t an issue today at least.

Lillestrom preview

It’s just 1 win in 11 games now for Lillestrom and they continue to hover dangerously just above the relegation zone. Last week they obtained a barely deserved equaliser at home to Haugesund. In all truth, they were second best for most of that game and the only real positive was that they avoided defeat. Maybe they can kick on from that late goal but I wouldn’t bank on it. Since the summer break, LSK have generally looked awful and shown very little in all areas of the field. There’s still plenty of time for them to get back on track, but right now they are totally unconvincing. LSK have no injuries or suspensions to worry about today.

Conclusion & betting analysis

This just isn’t an appealing match to bet on. I don’t rather either right now, especially Lillestrom who have been poor for a while. I don’t think this’ll be a particularly exciting game and probably going to be low scoring. Under 2.75 was maybe a temptation but at the end of the day anything can happen. Viking are generally priced @ 1.80 but who could trust them right now? Then again, who would want to back LSK +0.5. This is just a horrible fixture and I’d personally advise to avoid it in all areas!

Prediction: 1-1
Recommended bet: None