Can Kristiansund continue their strong recent form on Sunday when they visit a struggling Start side? The hosts are battling against the drop after a poor start to the new Eliteserien campaign, as they sit second from bottom. They’ve got a four point gap between themselves and safety, so they need to turn their form around if they’re to extend their stay in the top flight. Meanwhile, the visitors are enjoying just their second ever season at this level, and they’re out to continue a strong run with a result this weekend.
Start are yet to hit double figures in terms of points, while they’re 11 points shy of mid-table Kristiansund. The visitors are up in ninth, but they’re only five points shy of the European spots as we approach the half-way stage. The visitors are looking solid, and they’ll be hoping to use this clash as a chance to push themselves further away from danger.
Start have won just twice at home this season, and they come in to Sunday’s clash fresh from a 1-1 draw with Stromgodset. Meanwhile, the visitors have claimed just a single away win so far, as they’ve averaged a point per game on their travels this term. However, the away side have had a better record in front of goal, which has seen them average 1.5 goals per game away from home. They’ve racked up 19 strikes already this season, and they’ve struck in six consecutive games. Can they add to that against one of the worst defences in the division?
The hosts have shipped 28 goals so far this term – an average of 2.15 per match. They’ve conceded in 92% of their Eliteserien games. We expect that poor record to continue, with Kristiansund playing well in front of goal. They have struck seven times across their last three, and this seems like the perfect chance to add to their tally.
However, the visitors aren’t going to have it all their own way. They’ve conceded in 83% of their away trips, and they’re taking on a side who have scored over a goal per game at home. Start have scored in three on the spin, and they’re going to get chances against a side who have shipped 1.67 goals per game on the road. As a result, we’re backing both teams to score, while we’re tipping Start to grind out a 1-1 draw.
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There have been no recent meetings between these two sides.
The hosts are missing Andreas Hollingen, Lars-Jørgen Salvesen and Isaac Twum for this clash.
Jonas Rønningen misses out for the visitors.