GAIS currently sit one position higher than their ninth place finish of the last campaign, and the signs so far point to another season of mid table mediocrity. However, victory over Frej on Sunday could lift GAIS into the top five providing results elsewhere go in their favour. The visitors maintained their second tier status via a relegation play-off tie last season, and they look likely to be involved in another basement battle this time around having picked up five points from their first nine games.
These two teams last met back in September when GAIS were playing the role of hosts once again. The match produced just one goal for the second time in a row, with GAIS claiming a deserved three points on the balance of play. The winning goal arrived via the foot of Mijaljevic in the twenty-seventh minute, and even after taking the lead the hosts looked like the only team capable of scoring. Frej really struggled to break their hosts down in the final third, mustering just two shots on target during the ninety minutes. With three minutes to go Aliev received his second yellow card of the game and that saw GAIS reduced to ten men, but Frej still couldn’t find a way through and the hosts held on to secure their victory.
Neither side can claim to be in good form heading into Sunday’s game, but with one win, two draws, and three defeats its GAIS who take the title of form favourites. Frej might sit second from bottom but their recent form hasn’t been much worse than that of their hosts, with the visitors picking up one win, one draw, and four defeats from their last six. We’re backing just one team to score in this game, because just one of the last six meetings between GAIS and Frej has seen both sides score. Three of each clubs last six matches have seen just one side score, and with the home advantage and back to back 1-0 wins against Frej, GAIS are our pick to win.
Swedish trio Hamidovic, Weder, and Westermark top score for the hosts with two Superettan goals each this season and will cause Frej problems during the ninety minutes. Nigeria’s Peter has started the season in decent form for Frej, scoring three times in just five appearances. Runnemo and Stavrothanasopoulos have both scored twice in the league, but the Greek attacker has picked up an injury and may not play for Frej.
We’re confident that only one team will score in this game and have put our money on GAIS picking up a comfortable 2-0 victory as they have started the season more brightly and have the home crowd behind them. The last four encounters between these two clubs have gone the way of GAIS and we don’t see any reason why this one wont go the same way.
GAIS Predicted Lineup: Nadj, Nyström, Westermark, Grozdanic, Bergholtz, Ilic, Olsson, Lindberg, Westermark, Barny, Hamidovic.
Frej Predicted Lineup: Elgan, Falkeborn, Sesay, Glasberg, Hansson, Gradén, Wiström, Jajic, Runnemo, Gerbino Polo, Bellander.
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These two teams have only met seven times before, but with 5 wins, 1 draw, and just 1 defeat its GAIS who have dominated this fixture. GAIS have won the last four encounters against Frej.
Nadj looks set to continue in goal, but Andersén, Mohideen, and J. Westermark are set to miss the game through injury.
Elgan is preferred to Atanackovic in the Frej goal, but Stavrothanasopoulos and Peter are rated as doubtful to feature on Sunday.