IBV finished last season just three points above the bottom two, and now they’re in relegation danger yet again. They’ve slipped in to the bottom two after a difficult start, putting them on course for the drop to the second tier. After making a cup exit in midweek, are the hosts already set for a dismal season? They host KR Reykjavik on Sunday, with IBV hoping to secure a morale boosting win, following their first victory of the campaign last weekend.
IBV have impressed over the last seven days. They claimed three points away to Keflavik last weekend, before pushing champions Valur. They took them to extra time in the cup on Wednesday night, despite going down to 10 men. They may have fallen to Valur, but that display will give them confidence ahead of this clash. Can they follow up on that performance by causing problems for KR this weekend?
The visitors are coming off a 1-0 defeat at leaders Breidablik from midweek, but they should improve in this visit. They’ve climbed up to fourth in the Urvalsdeild after a strong season so far, and they’re three games without a loss on their travels. KR haven’t lost in the league since going down 2-1 at Valur on the opening day. Will their unbeaten run continue when they make this trip?
After scoring twice against the champions, IBV are looking better going forward. They hit three last weekend as well, and they’ve averaged out a goal per game so far this season. They’ll be out to add to that against a KR side who have conceded 1.5 goals per game on their travels to far, keeping one clean sheet all season. The visitors have seen both teams score in every single one of their away trips to far, and that should continue when they visit IBV; a side who are really struggling to keep clean sheets this term.
KR have seen plenty of goals on their travels, with 73% of their away matches last season finishing with both teams finding the back of the net. They shipped 16 goals in their 11 games on the road, while eight of their last nine away league games have seen both teams score. Given that IBV have racked up nine goals in their last five matches at home to KR, we see both teams scoring. Meanwhile, the visitors have drawn 1-1 in three of their last four, so that’s our correct score pick.
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KR have failed to win away to IBV for four years, but they’ve racked up 13 goals in their last six visits.