As far as Valur are concerned, the season has been a success up until this point. Wednesday’s hosts arrive at this juncture as league leaders, who’ve won each of their last four in the league. What’s more, the hosts come into this fixture having avoided defeat at home during the current campaign, though they have been conceding a few goals of late. To get the better of a more than useful visiting team, who’re just two points off top spot, Ólafur Jóhannesson’s men will need to sharpen up at the back.
Like the hosts, Hafnarfjordur have been going along nicely in the league; they’re unbeaten in seven, three of which they’ve won, while they’re just two points behind the current table-toppers. Having won somewhat convincingly last time out, keeping a clean sheet in the process, the visitors ought to arrive at Hlíðarendi in fine spirits. A very pleasing recent away record will also fill the away team with confidence.
As league leaders, in front of their own fans, Valur are worthy favourites, though they do look a tad short at the current prices. Hafnarfjordur have proven that they’re no mugs, especially on their travels and, as the league table suggests, there’s little between the pair. There’s certainly less between them than the early winning suggests. Keeping this in mind, at the prices, the visitors merit support.
Despite being very, very tough to beat, the visitors had been struggling to get their noses in front until they beat Vikingur last time out, though with that confidence-boosting 3-0 win under their belts, Ólafur Kristjánsson will go to Hlíðarendi with their tails up. What’s more, Hafnarfjordur have been competing well on the road this season. Wednesday’s visitors are unbeaten in five away from home and have secured some very pleasing results of late. Their recent 1-0 away win against third-place Grindavik stands out as an exceptional piece of form. A repeat performance would make the visitors hard to beat here.
The hosts are of course a useful side at home, though they’ve continually run the risk of being caught out in recent times. By being all too open at the back, conceding goals in each of their five home matches this season, Valur, who’ve conceded more goals at home than all but three teams in the entire division, have struggled to win convincingly in front of their own fans. The likes of Fylkir and Stjarnan were able to take advantage of such defensive frailties and come away with something to show for their efforts, so it’s easy to see Hafnarfjordur, who’ve both scored goals and been tough to beat on the road, doing well.
Both teams are useful going forward, but it is the visitors who’ve done better at the other end of the pitch in recent times. This extra bit of defensive solidity, coupled with the fact that they’ve really done no worse than the hosts, who look slightly overpriced, makes the visitors easy to side with at the prices.
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Valur may be top of the league at present, but they’ve struggled to get the better of Hafnarfjordur in recent times. Wednesday’s hosts have won just one of the last five renewals of this fixture, while they’ve won just two of the last five at this venue. Hafnarfjordur have come out on top in two of the last five, including when the teams last met back in late 2017.
Rasmus Christiansen was forced off after just 35 minutes last time out and is thus a doubt ahead of this match. Haukar Pall Sigurdsson is one yellow away from a ban, so he will need to be careful if starting. Other than that, the hosts have few concerns.
The visitors sustained no fresh injuries last time out, so they ought to be at full strength on Wednesday night. Both Robbie Crawford and Brandur Olsen are one booking away from suspension, so that pair will need to tread with caution.