Just one place and one point separates these two sides with the Swedish Allsvenskan now roughly a third of the way through the 2018 season. It’s early days perhaps but enough football has now been played to get an idea of how this campaign is going to shape up. For these two sides, right now you’d have to say they are heading for unspectacular seasons.
While Sundsvall are only 3 points above the bottom three, both sides will fancy they should have enough to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle. Sundsvall only narrowly avoided the drop last term but they look to have more firepower this time around, certainly when compared to all of the sides currently below them.
Gothenburg meanwhile are currently 10th and that’s exactly where they finished last season. They do have a new boss this term in the shape of Poya Asbaghi but little has really changed. Their home record has taken a real turn for the worse with 3 defeats out of 5 in front of their own fans so far, but they’ve been reasonably good on the road which suggests they should be able to get something out of this game.
Overall it’s a match that certainly promises to deliver goals. 5 of GIF Sundsvall’s last 6 matches have seen over 2.5 goals scored in total. 67% of their league games so far this term have done likewise and their average of 1.67 goals per game scored is very good for a side who seriously flirted with the drop last term.
60% of Gothenburg games have also produced over 2.5 goals in total. They’ve both scored and conceded 1.4 goals per game on their travels and they were involved in a pretty open game in midweek as they lost 3-1 at home to Djurgarden. That completed a run of just 1 point from their last 3 matches but they’ve had some strong opponents and this game should see them get more chances in the final third against a Sundsvall defence which doesn’t totally convince.
Backing Over 2.5 Goals certainly looks like it could be the way to go here.
In addition backing Linus Hallenius to score anytime appeals. He has bagged braces in 2 of his last 3 matches and averages a goal every 162 minutes in the Allsvenskan this term.
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Gothenburg have won 4 of the last 5 meetings. The exception was a shock 3-0 home defeat when the sides last met.