AFC Eskilstuna had been one of the form teams in the Swedish second tier but a defeat last time out has just knocked them back a touch. They currently sit in 3rd place, good enough for a play-off at the end of the season but will be keen to gatecrash the top two as they take on an Oster side that is currently in mid-table.
The visitors are aiming to secure an immediate return to the Allsvenskan. They had been flying and were on a 10 game unbeaten run but a 2-1 defeat at Halmstad last time out has just knocked them back. Their opponents leapfrogged them in the table as a result and it feels like AFC missed a good chance to really stamp their authority on the race for promotion, particularly given they took the lead in that game.
As for Oster, it’s difficult to know exactly how their season is going to pan out. They are sandwiched in mid-table and currently sit 8 points below their opponents but also 8 points above the relegation zone. Their form doesn’t offer any more great indicators with 3 wins and 3 defeats from their last 6 but they do take momentum into this one following back-to-back wins.
Those victories both came against sides below them in the table though and it seems highly likely that they will find this match tougher. They’ve only beaten one top half side all season although that did come against leaders Falkenberg so AFC Eskilstuna will have to be a little wary.
Overall though they will fancy they can win this. Their form was very good before that narrow defeat last time out and they have a respectable 50% win ratio on the road this term. They average 1.67 points per game away and had kept three straight clean sheets before defeat in their last match so they will be tough to break down.
The bookies are struggling to call this one with not much to choose between the teams in the Full-Time Result market. However that’s a bit surprising given AFC are much higher up in the league and particularly given Oster have only recorded one home win all season so far.
They average just 0.83 points per game in front of their own fans, the 3rd worst record in the division. That return suggests going for AFC Eskilstuna Draw No Bet could be the best approach to take in this one.
Oster have won 5 of the last 6 meetings. However this will be the first game between the sides since 2010.