Eskilstuna have taken eighteen points from their opening nine matches of the season, enough to place Monday evenings hosts second in the Superettan. Örgryte are four points clear at the top of the table, so Eskilstuna need to keep the pressure on with a victory at home to Norrby and hope that the league leaders slip up in order for that gap to be reduced. Norrby have just half the points total of their hosts and look set for another long season in the second tier of Swedish football.
Eskilstuna’s relegation from Sweden’s top flight means that they come face to face with Norrby for the first time in their history. Obviously the pair have gotten off to polar opposite starts this season, but Monday’s visitors will be hoping to use the element of surprise to forge a decent result on Monday, and hopefully pick up a much needed victory. Eskilstuna haven’t lost a game at home so far this season, with their only defeat arriving at Falkenberg in just the second game of the campaign. The hosts are the big favourites with the bookmakers to make light work of Norrby and secure yet another three points at home.
The hosts head into Monday nights game as the clear form favourites after picking up four wins and two draws from their last six matches. Norrby’s form has been the total opposite of their hosts, with no wins from their last six, just two draws and four defeats. Not only have Eskilstuna been winning the majority of their recent matches, they have also kept clean sheets in four of their last six, each ending in victory. Once again Norrby are in total opposite form to their hosts having failed to score in four of their last six matches. All of the above points to not only a win, but also a clean sheet for Eskilstuna against Norrby.
Both teams top scorers this season have three goals in the Superettan so far, young Guinea striker Camara for the hosts and former Elfsborg forward Yarsuvat for the visitors. Yarsuvat is actually the only Norrby player to have scored more than once this season, while Eskilstuna have Akpoveta, Erasmus, and Hodzic all on two goals apiece.
We’re confident that Eskilstuna will win and keep a clean sheet against Norrby on Monday, as both sides are performing to polar opposite standards so far this season and at home Eskilstuna are yet to be beaten. As for a final score, we’re going with a comfortable 2-0 victory for the home side in what should be a run of the mill ninety minutes for the favourites.
Eskilstuna Predicted Lineup: Curci, A. Michel, F. Michel, Kojic, Hodzic, Raskaj, Wellyson, Erasmus Substituted, Akpoveta, Nnamani, Camara.
Norrby Predicted Lineup: Krasniqi, Översjö, Dresevic, Azulay, Aso, Savolainen, Osmanagic, Axengren, Nilsson, Istrefi, Yarsuvat.
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