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Valerenga vs Haugesund - Match Preview

12 Oct 2017 Ed Mackey NORWAY: Eliteserien
NORWAY: Eliteserien

Valerenga IF

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L

vs

Kick-off
17:00 GMT
12 October 2017

Haugesund FK

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L

Kick-off
17:00 GMT 12 October 2017

After the second international break of the 2017/18 season concluded in dramatic style, it is back to business as football resumes across the continent. One of the leagues to make its return is the Eliteserien in Norway and in the first match sees Valerenga host Haugesund as both sides have a game-in-hand on every other team in the league. The hosts are 12th but can go 10th with a win while their opponents are well-placed in 5th, they won’t move up the table even if they pick up all three points.

STATS

  • Valerenga have struggled so far in the league this term and with just one win in their last nine games, they are in freefall and could be staring down the barrel of relegation if their form doesn’t pick up. They played their part in an entertaining 4-2 loss to Stabæk just before the break in their last fixture. There are just two points separating them and the sides who will go down at the end of the campaign.
  • Haugesund have had a good campaign so far and they are still very much in contention for a place in Europe next season. They have won three of their last five games which has set them slightly further from the top four. They narrowly lost 1-0 to Odd in their last fixture which meant they lost their grip on second place. It seems like the title is out of their reach as they are 15 points behind Rosenborg.
  • The one thing that has held Valerenga back this term is their lack of a prolific scorer. Their joint leading scorers are Bard Finne Christian Grindheim with just four goals.
  • Haugesund have also failed to find a deadly finisher and their top scorers have both scored five goals. Liban Abdi and Shuaibu Ibrahim are the two players leading the race.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

The fixtures between these two sides have been quite equal in recent seasons and in the last five meetings, both sides have won twice each with a draw making up the other result. The last one back in April was a seven-goal thriller as Frederik Gytkjær scored a 90th-minute winner to secure the victory for Haugesund as it looked destined to end as a draw.

VALERENGA NEWS

It is important for their chance of staying in the top flight that Valerenga don’t lose this game. Even just a point would be good enough against one of the division’s strongest outfits. Daniel Bernsten is out after picking up too many yellow cards but that shouldn’t affect their chances too much.

Latest matches: Valerenga IF

30.09.2017 Elit Stabaek Fotball Valerenga IF 4:2 L
24.09.2017 Elit Valerenga IF SK Brann 2:1 W
20.09.2017 NM C Valerenga IF Sarpsborg 0:3 L
17.09.2017 Elit Rosenborg BK Valerenga IF 3:0 L
10.09.2017 Elit Valerenga IF Sarpsborg 1:2 L

HAUGESUND NEWS

Anything other than a win for Haugesund in this match won’t be enough as they have started to slip away from the leading pack. They can go within a point of fourth place with three points and with no injuries or suspensions, they have a great chance of doing so.

Latest matches: Haugesund FK

01.10.2017 Elit Odds BK Haugesund FK 1:0 L
23.09.2017 Elit Haugesund FK Viking FK 2:1 W
17.09.2017 Elit Sogndal IL Haugesund FK 0:1 W
10.09.2017 Elit Haugesund FK Lillestrom SK 1:1 D
20.08.2017 Elit Rosenborg BK Haugesund FK 0:1 W

SUMMARY

Despite Valerenga playing at home, they will up against it against Haugesund in this one and the visitors are definitely the favourites and are expected to pile even more misery on the hosts. Their superior squad should be plenty enough to see them come away from this fixture with another three points. It could end up being quite comfortable for them if Valerenga get a slow start.

 

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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