The late game on Sunday in Norway’s Eliteserien is a clash between the top two, as challengers Brann head to the champions Rosenborg. The hosts are in second place, sitting three points shy of Brann going in to this big clash. Will we see that lead at the top cut, or can the visitors show their title credentials with a result in this trip? This huge match will go some way towards deciding out this season’s title race will play out, meaning it’s the worst possible time for Rosenborg to be hit by injuries.
A red card for Jacob Rasmussen last time out leaves him banned here, while forward Nicklas Bendtner is also set to be ruled out, along with as many as four others. That’s a big blow for Rosenborg, who need to pitch up with a home win to boost their chances to retaining their title. After lifting the trophy for three straight seasons, the home side are favourites to walk away with glory yet again. However, their injury issues open up a chance for Brann to claim a result.
At the very list, the visitors should be confident of getting a goal. They come here having scored in 100% of their league fixtures this season, and we expect them to continue that run here. The away side have struck in 14 matches this term, having scored in 15 straight Eliteserien games. That run should continue against a weakened Rosenborg side, especially in a title fight. These two are looking equally matched at the top of the table, and it’s easy to see their respective attacks doing enough to break through their opponent’s defence.
However, Brann have conceded 75% of their goals this season on the road. Meanwhile, Rosenborg have scored in all of their home games so far. These two have really impressed going forward this season, and we expect that to continue on Sunday. While a meeting between the top two can be expected to be a cagey affair, both sides have enough up front to get on the scoresheet.
We think backing both teams to score is the best value bet on this game, with the two sides looking really consistent in front of goal. We can also see this one being close, and Brann will be hopeful of getting something against a depleted Rosenborg side. We certainly wouldn’t put anyone off going for the unbeaten visitors on the double chance market, but our tips here are BTTS and a 1-1 draw.
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Rosenborg are unbeaten in five meetings with Brann, but they’ll struggle to add to their three straight head to head wins with their injury list.
Rosenborg are struggling with a big absentee list, including as many as six players.
Sivert Nilsen isn’t expected to make it back in time for this weekend’s big clash.