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Kristiansunds vs Rosenborg Match preview

02 Jul 2017 Ed Mackey NORWAY: Eliteserien
NORWAY: Eliteserien

Kristiansund BK

  • D
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W


17:00 GMT
03 July 2017

Rosenborg BK

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

17:00 GMT 03 July 2017

Most of Europe has finished for the 2016/17 season but the Eliteserian season is well underway. After 14 matches it is clear to see which teams will be fighting for the title and which side will be battling relegation. One of the teams fighting for the title is Rosenborg and they currently sit top of the table with a two-point lead over Brann in second. Kristiansund are struggling at the other end of the table as they sit 13th with just one point separating them from the drop zone.


  • Kristiansund haven’t played too badly in recent weeks and with two wins in their last five games, they have started to move up the table. They’re not struggling in front of goal as they have scored in all five of those matches. A resounding 4-1 over Stabæk in their last fixture saw them close the gap on the teams above.
  • Rosenborg have struggled in recent weeks even though they are top of the league. They’ve only won two of their last five games and have seen the teams behind rapidly catch up with them after their electric start. However, they eased past Sogndal in their last match as they won 3-0.
  • Kristiansund have had Benjamin Stokke to rely on in front of goal so far this season. He’s scored six goals in the league and is keeping them outside the relegation zone.
  • Another player with six goals is Milan Jevtovic, who is Rosenborg’s top scorer in the league this season. They have been better defensively than offensively so they’ll be hoping for more goals from the front man.


As it’s the hosts’ first season in Norway’s top flight, there haven’t been too many match-ups between the two sides. In the four meetings, Kristiansund are yet to win. The last two ended with comfortable Rosenborg wins while the other two games ended in draws. The last game, which was a friendly in 2016, was a 10-goal thriller where Rosenborg came out 7-3 winners.


It would send out a massive statement to the rest of the league is Kristiansund could pick up three points against the league leaders. And although it’s a long shot, with a fully fit squad and without any absences for the game, they’ve got an increased chance of winning this one. A win could see them go as high as 9th in the table which would put breathing room between them and the bottom three.

Latest matches: Kristiansund BK

25.06.2017 Elit Stabaek Fotball Kristiansund BK 1:4 W
17.06.2017 Elit Kristiansund BK Aalesunds FK 1:1 D
04.06.2017 Elit Viking FK Kristiansund BK 2:1 L
31.05.2017 NM C Ranheim IL Kristiansund BK 0:2 W
28.05.2017 Elit Kristiansund BK Sogndal IL 1:1 D


Rosenborg need to add their two wins in the last three games and pick up another win away at Kristiansund. A win could see them extend their lead at the top to five points but a loss or a draw could see them drop off the top of the table. Magnus Stamneströ misses out for the visitors with a knee injury but is expected to return soon.

Latest matches: Rosenborg BK

25.06.2017 Elit Rosenborg BK Sogndal IL 3:0 W
18.06.2017 Elit Haugesund FK Rosenborg BK 1:0 L
04.06.2017 Elit Rosenborg BK Stromsgodset 3:1 W
31.05.2017 NM C Levanger Rosenborg BK 2:4 W
28.05.2017 Elit Valerenga IF Rosenborg BK 1:1 D


There’s no doubt that Rosenborg head into the match as big favourites but they are against the great home support of Kristiansund. The visitors have a stronger team on paper and have started to rekindle the good form that put them top of the table however the hosts have put together a few decent results themselves. Both teams should score in this one but Rosenborg will go onto the win the game.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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