Valur have made a slow start to the 2018 Urvalsdeild season, as they sit in sixth place after six games. The champions will be hoping to put things right as they chase more silverware, while they’ll be aiming to pick up all three points in Monday’s visit to Fjolnir. The home side are sitting level with the title holders, with the pair each having nine points to their name, with a +1 goal difference. There’s next to nothing between them after the opening matches of the campaign, but will there be a winner when these two go head to head?
Value are showing signs of changing fortunes, following back to back wins. They claimed a victory over current leaders Breidablik in their last league game, while the champions progressed in the cup on Wednesday night. A 3-2 victory over IBV came after extra time, but they still managed to get over the line against the struggling Urvalsdeild side. Can Valur now follow that up with a victory on Monday?
The hosts have a solid home record this season, with two draws from their opening three games. They’re not suffering defeats at their own ground, and that’s how their campaign went last season. They only just managed to stay in the top flight, but they only lost one home match in the league. They claimed a 1-1 draw with Valur in this fixture last season, but can they see off their Reykjavik rivals this week?
Fjolnir may have lost just once at home last season, but they managed to keep just two clean sheets all term. They conceded home and away to the top four, and champions Valur managed to hit five goals in the two meetings between them. The hosts finished last season with 82% of their home games seeing both teams score, and they’ve started in the same vein this term, with all of their six games finishing without a clean sheet for ether side.
Valur aren’t far behind, with five of their six games so far seeing BTTS land. The hosts have seen BTTS in 13 of their last 14 games, and in all but one of their home league games since June last year. With five of the last six encounters between these two sides finishing with both teams scoring, we think that backing BTTS is worthwhile here, while we’re backing Fjolnir to avoid defeat at home yet again.
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Valur are unbeaten in their previous four meetings with Fjolnir, while they’ve drawn three of their last four visits here.
The hosts have no injury news to report ahead of this weekend’s clash.
The visitors are also coming in to this game at full strength.