Two of the bottom four in the Eliteserien go head to head on Sunday, with bottom side Sandefjord hoping to boost a dismal campaign. However, they’re on the road yet again, and they face a difficult clash at Stromsgodset, with the hosts also desperate for three points. Which of these two will claim a big victory in their push to stay in the top flight? Can the visitors end an awful losing streak in their trip to Drammen this weekend?
The visitors have just five points to their name in the top flight this season, which is an awful return after 11 games, They’re stuck right at the bottom of the pile, and they’ve been routinely outclassed by most of the Eliteserien so far. That could continue when they take on Stromsgodset this weekend, despite the hosts picking up less than a point per game themselves. The bookies doesn’t see that as much of a problem; having cut the home side right down on the match winning for this one.
While the hosts are heavy favourites for Sunday’s encounter, they do have some issues of their own to deal with. With just one clean sheet at their own ground this season, Stromsgodset need to improve at the back. Having shipped 1.73 goals per game in the league this season, Godset are likely to ship more goals in this clash. Meanwhile, the visitors have averaged a goal per game on their travels this term, and there’s a good chance that they’ll take part in another high scoring match.
While Sandefjord have had joy going forward, they’ve been dreadful at the back. With 3.2 goals against per game on the road, the visitors have been regularly thumped on their travels. They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in 80% of their matches, while they’ve conceded at least four on three occasions in five trips. Meanwhile, the hosts have seen over 2.5 in the majority of their home matches, so we’re expecting goals in this one.
Godset have won nine of the last 10 meetings between these two sides. Meanwhile, they’ve won five of their last six at home to Sandefjord, with four of those seeing over 2.5 goals. With that in mind, we think that a home win and over 2.5 goals looks like great value, so we’re backing the hosts to edge a high scoring game on Sunday.
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Stromsgodset won 6-0 when these two sides met in February, meaning that they’ve now won three meetings on the spin.
The hosts’ chances here have been boosted by the fact that they have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Håvard Storbæk is expected to miss out for the next month for the visitors.