After two defeats in their opening three matches, Halmstad have settled into a rhythm having gone five games without defeat and moved into the top five of the Superettan. This weekend Halmstad entertain mid table Osters who sit three points and five places behind the home side in Sweden’s second tier. The visitors also started the season slowly and have recovered over the last six games to leave themselves just a point outside the top six.
When the two clubs last locked horns they were both plying their trade in the Allsvenskan. A tight, tense and even game produced just one goal, but both sides created a decent amount of goal scoring opportunities and deserved something from the game. However, Boman’s fortieth minute strike turned out to be the winning goal for the visitors Halmstad, but the hosts gave their all in search of an equaliser and should really have taken at least a point at the final whistle.
With three wins, two draws, and just one defeat from their last six matches its the home side Halmstad who claim the title of form favourites. Osters have also won three of their last six, but only picked up one draw, and suffered two defeats. There isn’t much separating the two clubs in the league table and were expecting another close game between the pair without many goals being scored. The last two meetings have ended in 1-0 wins for Halmstad, and the hosts are the bookmakers favourites to take all three points on Sunday. Four of Halmstad’s last six matches have seen under three goals scored, while the same can be said about three of Osters last six. Neither side have been scoring for fun so far this season, but the hosts defensive record has been very good with two clean sheets kept in their last three games.
Sweden’s Gudmundsson top scores with three Superettan goals for Halmstad so far this season, though the hosts have only played wight games. Johannesson is on the same goals tally for the visitors Osters and could prove a thorn in Halmstad’s side this weekend.
We’re confident that under 2.5 goals will be scored in this game, with the hosts claiming a third straight 1-0 win against Osters. Halmstad have a better goal difference this season despite playing one goal fewer than Osters, but the visitors have won their last three away games and its going to be a tough game for both sides.
Halmstad Predicted Lineup: Nilsson, Westerberg, Larsson, Mathisen, Berntsson, Bengtsson, Silfwer, Gunnlaugsson, Haraldsson, Wikström, Oremo.
Osters Predicted Lineup: Malmkvist, M. Karlsson, Pavic, Lundgren, Silverholt, Helg, Silka, Drott, Johansson, Bajrovic, Johannesson.
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These two clubs have played one another fifty-four times before, and with 22 wins, 13 draws, and 19 defeats its Osters who edge the head to head record. Halmstad have won their last three games against Osters.
Japanese striker Kinoshita is the only player expected to miss Sunday’s game for the hosts due to injury.
S. Karlsson and Andreasson are both rated as doubtful to feature in the trip to Halmstad.