Sunday 2 Jul

AIK vs Ostersunds Match preview

29 Jun 2017 Ed Mackey SWEDEN: Allsvenskan
SWEDEN: Allsvenskan

AIK

  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • D

vs

Kick-off
15:30 GMT
02 July 2017

Ostersunds FK

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
15:30 GMT 02 July 2017

As most of Europe is preparing for next season, the Allsvenskan is well underway with 12 games already played. International competitions going on this summer haven’t disrupted the Swedish league and at this early stage, it is clear which sides are pushing for the title. Two of these sides face off in match week 13 as Ostersunds make the trip to AIK. Both sides have picked up 21 points after 12 games but it is the visitors who sit higher in 3rd on goal difference.

STATS

  • AIK have won 3 of their last 5 league games but have massively struggled in front of goal with just 6 goals in those games. Their defence has been brilliant in those games only conceding twice but one of those goals came in the 1-0 loss to league leaders Malmo. AIK beat AFC Eskilstuna 3-1 in their last game. They also played a Europa League qualifier and drew 0-0 in the first leg.
  • Ostersunds have had the exact same run of form with 3 wins in their last 5 with one draw and one loss. And like AIK their one loss came against Malmo, who are beginning to pull away at the top. And to make it even weirder they also won their last match 3-1 but it was against GIF Sundsvall in front of their own fans.
  • As mentioned above, AIK have struggled massively in front of goal so far this season and they’ve got only got players who have scored more than one goal. Johan Blomberg and Eero Markkanen have both scored two league goals.
  • Jamie Hopcutt has been in brilliant form for Ostersunds with five goals in just six appearances. The English striker will be hoping to add to that against AIK.

HEAD TO HEAD

AIK have won the two previous meetings between the two sides as they ran out 2-0 winners in both fixtures last season. Ostersungs will be hoping to score their first goal against AIK in this one as they are yet to hit the back of the net against the Swedish champions.

AIK NEWS

It is vital that AIK get the win in this one so they can move up the table. They can leapfrog their opponents if they pick up all three points. However, they are missing Haukur Heidar Hauksson, Henok Goitom and Ahmed Yasin for the match and this could affect their chances of winning the game.

Latest matches: AIK

29.06.2017 UEFA KI Klaksvik AIK 0:0 D
22.06.2017 Club FC Flora Tallinn AIK 2:0 L
04.06.2017 Alls Athletic United AIK 1:3 W
01.06.2017 Alls IFK Norrkoping AIK 0:0 D
29.05.2017 Alls AIK Malmo FF 0:1 L

OSTERSUNDS NEWS

Ostersunds can extend their lead in the table over AIK with a win and they are certainly up against it against a side with a stronger team and home advantage. However, they have shown this season that they are good enough to compete with the big boys. They’ve only got one absence: Douglas Bergvist and his position at centre-back should be filled.

Latest matches: Ostersunds FK

26.06.2017 Club Hammarby IF Ostersunds FK 0:3 W
03.06.2017 Alls Ostersunds FK GIF Sundsvall 3:1 W
29.05.2017 Alls BK Hacken Ostersunds FK 0:1 W
20.05.2017 Alls Ostersunds FK Kalmar FF 2:1 W
17.05.2017 Alls Ostersunds FK IK Sirius FK 0:0 D

SUMMARY

With home advantage and a superior team, AIK should come out with the three points but Ostersunds have proven that they are better than AIK at this stage of the season. It could easily as a draw and the visitors look to end their losing streak against AIK.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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