This game sees two top six sides lock horns so it’s a big one in the battle to win promotion from the Superettan. Halmstad in 2nd currently hold a 6 point advantage on Brage in 6th and the visitors could really cement their status as one of the genuine favourites for automatic promotion by putting three points on the board in this game.
Halmstad have every reason to be full of confidence heading into this one. Their last two matches were also against promotion contenders and they won both of them. They did hold home advantage on each occasion but they will still take a huge amount of belief from victories over sides of the calibre of Helsingborg and AFC Eskilstuna.
As for Brage, they are also in pretty good form with 3 wins from their last 4. They won 2-1 on the road at Landskrona last time out and have also recorded back to back home wins heading into this one. Therefore it’s quite a tough one to call and the bookies are struggling to decide upon a favourite in the Full-Time Result market.
All things considered, the visitors look the more likely victors. They are the side that has proved themselves on a more consistent basis this term and they are unbeaten in 10 matches heading into this one. That suggests that they will at the very least get a point from this game.
Their away record is also very impressive. They’ve a 67% win ratio on their travels this term. Only leaders Falkenberg can better their haul of 2.17 points per game away and they’ve actually taken more points on the road than they have at home.
Brage’s home record isn’t bad but a 50% win ratio in front of their own fans may need to be improved upon if they are to really challenge for promotion. Two of their three home wins came against bottom three opposition so there’s not really strong reason to fancy them to get all the points from this game against 2nd placed Halmstad.
Therefore backing Halmstad Draw No Bet looks like the smarter punt here. However it should be a close game and it’s unlikely the visitors will run away with it.
There also looks to be value in backing Both Teams to Score. 83% of Brage home games this term have produced goals at each end while the same is true of 67% of Halmstad’s away games.
The only recent meetings came in the 2012 Superettan. Both games produced home wins.