Thursday 1 Jun

Norrkoping vs AIK Match Preview

01 Jun 2017 Ed Mackey SWEDEN: Allsvenskan
SWEDEN: Allsvenskan

IFK Norrkoping

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
17:00 GMT
01 June 2017

AIK

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Kick-off
17:00 GMT 01 June 2017

As the Allsvenskan season comes into full swing, the top two sides are very quickly pulling away from the chasing pack. After just 11 games, it’s Norrkoping and Malmo at the top as Norrkoping sit 2nd on 23 points, just one point below Malmo. AIK have been a bit disappointing so far and they sit in 6th, however with a game in hand on the teams above them, they could push themselves into 3rd. A win at this stage will be vital for both sides.

STATS

  • Norrkoping have been excellent so far this season so it’s no surprise to see them challenging for top spot as more than a third of the season has already gone. They’ve won 4 of their last 5 games and are showing they’ve got what it takes to go the distance. A hard fought 3-2 win in their last game typified their strong start to the season.
  • AIK have won 3 of their last 5 games but a 1-0 loss to Malmo in their last game put a stop to a decent run of form. They’ve only conceded one goal in their last 6 games but, on the other hand, they’ve only managed to score 3 goals, they’re struggling in front of goal.
  • Karl Holmberg has been one of the main reasons why Norrkoping are challenging at the top of the table as he’s netted 6 goals and no other player in the Allsvenskan has scored more. This means he’s averaging more than a goal every two games.
  • AIK have struggled massively in front of goal so far this season but their rock solid defence has kept them in the hunt for the top of the table. None of the players have managed to score more than one goal in their 10 games.

HEAD TO HEAD

AIK will be hoping to take their recent dominance in this fixture into this game as they’ve won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two sides. And in the last 4 of these games, they’ve scored 16 goals while keeping two clean sheets in the last 2. The last league meeting ended 6-0 to AIK in October, Norrkoping won’t want a repeat of that!

Head to head matchess in Allsvenskan: IFK Norrkoping - AIK

02.10.2016 Alls AIK IFK Norrkoping 6:0

NORRKOPING NEWS

A win for Norrkoping in this fixture could see them go top of the table if Malmo don’t win. That’d give them a great chance to be on top of the table going into the halfway stage of the season. They’ve got a few potential absentees for this fixture though as Andreas Blomqvist, Simon Skrabb, Henrik Castegren, Adin Bukva and Marwan Baze are all set to miss the game through injury, which will hurt their chance of injury.

Latest matches: IFK Norrkoping

27.05.2017 Alls IFK Norrkoping Halmstads BK 3:2 W
21.05.2017 Alls Malmo FF IFK Norrkoping 1:2 W
16.05.2017 Alls IFK Norrkoping Kalmar FF 2:0 W
12.05.2017 Alls Athletic United IFK Norrkoping 1:2 W
08.05.2017 Alls IFK Norrkoping GIF Sundsvall 0:0 D

AIK NEWS

AIK need a win to get their form back on track and they could do with scoring a few goals in the process. A win could put them in a great position as a win in this game and a win in their game in hand could see them go into 2nd. They are set to be without Haukur Heidar Hauksson and Henok Goitom, who are both injured but their replacements should be able to do the job.

Latest matches: AIK

29.05.2017 Alls AIK Malmo FF 0:1 L
22.05.2017 Alls Djurgardens IF AIK 0:1 W
13.05.2017 Alls AIK Orebro SK 1:0 W
06.05.2017 Alls Halmstads BK AIK 0:1 W
30.04.2017 Alls AIK GIF Sundsvall 0:0 D

SUMMARY

With home advantage and a better run in the league this season, Norrkoping are favourites to take all 3 points but AIK certainly know how to win and will be desperate to get their form back in line with a big win. The games between these two sides are rarely boring and it could quite easily be a high scorer, even with AIK in poor goal scoring form. The match could easily go either way but a draw is also very likely. AIK need a few goals so that should open the game up.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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