Tromso racked up a 3-0 win over Valerenga last weekend, and that lifted them in to seventh place in the Eliteserien, They now travel to Haugesund this weekend, a side two places and a single point above them in the table. The visitors are aiming for a third straight victory, as they chase a strong finish in the top flight this season. However, they’ve been inconsistent at times this term, and they are prone to falling apart at the back at times. Will that problem crop up again on Sunday?
On the face of it, Haugesund should be in a good position to get a result this weekend, sitting in the top five after 11 games. However, they’re coming off the back of a defeat, losing 2-1 at home to Rosenborg on Monday. They’ve faced the top two in their last two games, claiming a point from those two matches. Their only positive result came away to leaders Brann, with the majority of their results coming on the road this season.
Haugesund have claimed the majority of their wins this season on the road, losing just one of six trips. Their away form is among the best in the division, meanwhile Tromso come here struggling for results on their travels. They’ve lost three of five on the road, with their only victory away from home coming at newly promoted Bodo / Glimt, who are in the bottom three. This is a much different challenge.
However, the hosts have kept a single clean sheet at home this season. They’ve got big defensive concerns, conceding 1.27 per match in the league this term. Meanwhile, Tromso have scored in six of their last seven on the road, and they’re going to push for another goal in this visit. Their away league form has seen them score in every away trip since the start of September, and that form is likely to continue.
Haugesund have seen some high scoring games of their own recently, with their last six matches seeing both teams score. Given that both teams have seen BTTS land in 60% of their home and away matches respectively, so we think there’s a goal for each side in this game. We see both teams to score as the best value best on this game, while we’re backing a draw seeing as Tromso have averaged 0.8 points per game on the road this season.
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Haugesund have lost just one of their last six home matches against Tromso, with six of their last seven meetings here seeing under 2.5 goals.
The hosts are closing in on a full strength side, with Alexander Stolas and Marko Cosic edging towards a return.
The visitors make this trip with a full strength side.