Both these teams are still struggling to compete with the bigger teams but I choose Lillestrom between these 2 as Lillestrom showed signs of improvement beating Tromso 4-0 in their last home game. As for Stromgodset, they are yet to register an away win after 14 games so far. This is the kind of game where lower clubs need to win to avoid relegation.
Just two points and two places separate Stabaek in thirteenth and their guests Sarpsborg who sit in the relegation zone, but a victory for the visitors could see the pair swap places on Monday night. The visitors haven’t won any of their last four matches but do have a good recent record against Stabaek and will be hoping that continues.
Stabaek made the trip to high flying Odd in midweek where they went behind to a tenth-minute effort from Broven but responded well and were back on level terms within three minutes thanks to an effort from Braaten. The visitors didn’t see as much of the ball in the second half and were hanging on until giving away at a seventy-fifth-minute penalty which Borven converted to see Odd claim a 2-1 win. Sarpsborg didn’t offer a great deal during their trip to Tromso last week and went in at the break a goal down. The visitors needed to score the next goal to remain in the match but, instead, Tromso doubled their lead which ended any hopes of a comeback for Sarpsborg.
The recent head to head record between these two teams and both club’s performances over the last month or so suggests that Sarpsborg will win on Monday and that we are likely to see over 2.5 goals and both teams score. Sarpsborg have won four of their last six matches against Stabaek, both teams scored and over 2.5 goals were produced in five of the pairs last six encounters, and Sarpsborg won on their last trip to Stabaek 3-1 in August 2018. Stabaek haven’t won any of their last three home games and both teams scored and over 2.5 goals were produced in three of the host’s last six matches, which is why we’re backing a 2-1 win for Sarpsborg on Monday.
Boli leads the way for Stabaek this season with five league goals, while Larsen has netted four Eliteserien goals for Sarpsborg. We’re confident that Sarpsborg will win and have predicted a final scoreline of 2-1 for Monday’s match. The visitors might not be the form favourites, but Sarpsborg have an excellent recent record against Stabaek and there hasn’t been much between the teams so far this season.
Stabaek and Sarpsborg face each other in the relegation six-pointer at Nadderud Stadion on Matchday 15. The Blue Ones have been impressive at the back of late and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Monday’s football match. Stabaek, on the other hand, failed to find the net in previous three home games in the national championship, meaning that a low-scoring affair is on the cards at Nadderud Stadion.
Sarpsborg recorded only one win in previous ten league fixtures, meaning that they would be happy with one point from Monday’s clash. Considering that under 2.5 goals have been netted in five of Sarpsborg’s six away games in the national championship, we do not believe that fans will see goals galore this time out. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw.
Just two points and one position separate seventh-placed Rosenborg and their weekend guests Viking in eight, so we’re expecting a tight and tense ninety minutes between the pair. Both teams are in decent form heading into the match and Viking will be hoping that their hosts midweek distraction in the Champions League qualifiers is something they can take full advantage of on Saturday.
Rosenborg and Ranheim played out a five-goal thriller in the Eliteserien last time out, where the visitors took the lead three times before securing all three points. Adegbenro put Rosenborg 1-0 up in the twenty-seventh minute but an equaliser shortly before the break saw the teams go in level at the EXTRA Arena. Akintola restored Rosenborg’s lead early in the second half but when Ranheim equalised with five minutes left on the clock, it looked like the game would end all square. However, an eighty-eight-minute effort from Søderlund saw the visitors pinch all three points when perhaps a draw would have been the fairest result on the balance of play.
Viking played host to another of last seasons European qualifiers Haugesund last week but were let down by their finishing as the game ended goalless. Viking had 53% of the overall possession, more corners, and more shots than their guests, but saw thirteen of their fifteen attempts fail to hit the target and it cost the home side two points in the end.
The recent head to head record between these two sides and the form and performances of both clubs over the last few weeks suggests that both teams will not score on Saturday and that the game is likely to feature under 2.5 goals. None of the last five league meetings between these two clubs have seen both teams score, and five of the last six encounters between the pair in all competitions have produced under 2.5 goals. Rosenborg have won four of their last six matches, while Viking have won three of theirs and under 2.5 goals have been scored in three of Rosenborg’s last four and each of Viking’s last two matches. Viking have drawn their last two league games, which is why we’re backing Saturday’s game to end level with neither side getting on the scoreboard.
Jensen and øderlund joint top score for Rosenborg this season with three league goals apiece, while Thorstvedt leads the way for Viking with six Eliteserien goals. We’re confident that I won’t see both teams score on Saturday and have predicted a final scoreline of 0-0. Rosenborg are bound to be distracted by their midweek Champions League tie and Viking have drawn their last two matches, while both teams head into the game in similar form and with just two points between them all of which points to the pair cancelling each other out this weekend.
With both sides coming into this match in such good form, they will both fancy their chances of earning the three points. Although the hosts build from the back, the attacking threat of their visitors means that they will likely have to find the back of the net more than once in order to claim the points. With this in mind, we think backing there to be over 2.5 goals scored represents the best chance of a decent return.
We are not done there though, as Molde have been excellent on the road so far and top the division’s away record. When you also factor in the way they have started the season as a whole, then backing an away win and combining it with our initial tip of there to be over 2.5 goals looks to represent an excellent way to boost the return on offer.
Making the trip to the Lerkendal Stadion is a Haugesund side who will have pretty modest expectations for what the season holds for them but who will know that they have made a pretty solid start to the campaign. Like their hosts, the visitors are not exactly known for their ability in front of goal and although they have found the back of the net 10 times this season, just four of those goals have come on the road.
The hosts may not be in a particularly positive frame of mind at the moment due to their poor start, but there are small signs of recovery starting to appear. If Rosenborg are to continue their recovery, then building from the back is important and given that they have only conceded once on home soil so far this season and their visitors have only managed four goals on the road, we think that backing there to be less than 2.5 goals scored is the way to go.
Valerenga will try and take advantage of the momentum to snatch an important away victory on Monday evening. They won two and drew one of past three league outings to rebound from a tough 4-1 defeat away at Molde in early-April.
Ronny Deila’s men improved their defensive displays lately as they shipped just two goals in past three league ties. Can they keep things quiet at the back against Viking who are capable of scoring against any side in the league on their day?
Taking everything written above into consideration, draw is the most likable of three outcomes. We are quite tempted to go with Valerenga not to lose at 1.45 as the main betting option.