Tippeligaen – Sogndal v Brann Preview (1/10/16)

sog-brannSogndal preview

  • Back to back victories look to have secured their safety and moved Sogndal back towards the comfort of midtable.
  • Their older values at the start of the season seem to have been reinforced. They are working hard together, fighting for everything and the defence is much more solid again.
  • Home record strong and have only lost twice in front of their own fans this season.
  • Squad in good condition with no major injuries or suspensions to worry about.

Brann preview

  • Now up to second place after consecutive victories. Due to the form of some other teams around them, it’s really in Brann’s hands to finish as runner up this season.
  • Suspensions continue to plague them badly. The key midfield duo of Fredrik Haugen & Kristoffer Barmen are both banned.
  • Brann are not as strong away from home, although still can’t be underestimated on the road. Their defence is usually watertight

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • A battle between two promoted sides who have both done really well this season.
  • Sogndal look safely secured in midtable, so the match probably means more to Brann who are fighting for a medal spot.
  • However, Sogndal can’t be underestimated and will make life difficult for their opponents.
  • Both sides are similar in setup, which isn’t really typical for Tippeligaen sides. There’s a strong emphasis on defence, organisation, discipline and keeping things tight.
  • I don’t think many goals will be scored in this game and a single strike either way might be enough to get three points.
  • The extra pressure on Brann might be detrimental to them and Sogndal could sneak it 1-0.
  • The hosts on a DNB line are maybe slightly tempting, but when a game is set to be so close the most sensible option is to refrain from betting.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None