Aalesund vs Stabaek by Rainbow-Bet
The Norwegian Tippeliga is back, and today the opening match is played at Color Line Stadion, Aalesund takes on Stabæk. The home side has lost a lot of important first team players from last year, while the visitors has a new head coach after last years success with Bob Bradley. In the opening match everything can happen.
Aalesund finished last season on a 10th place in the league, quite strong at home with 7-3-5. Have played 8 friendlies ahead of this season, the stats from these games shows 3-2-3. Aalesund's got a squad that counts 7 junior-players, and they've sold Dyrestam, Grytebust, Latifu, Matland, Bjørdal and James who all was regular starters. Among their signings goalkeeper Cramer and striker Boli must be the best ones. We think this Aalesund team isn't quite as good as last year. Here are all the transfers ahead of the season for the home team:
Lars Cramer (goalkeeper) Kalmar
Mikael Kirkeskov (defender) Odense
Adam Örn Arnarson (defender) Nordsjælland
Marlinho (midfield/striker) Tigres dos Brasil
Edwin Gyasi (midfield) Roda
Franck Boli (striker) Liaoning Whoxin
Sten Grytebust (goalkeeper) Odense
Mikael Dyrestam (defender) NEC
Akeem Latifu (defender) Stal Dnipro
Jo Nymo Matland (defender) Royal Antwerpen
Magne Hoseth (midfield) Notodden
Henrik Bjørdal (midfield) Brighton
Leke James (striker) Beijing Enterprises Group
Aalesund has sold almost their entire defensive back line from last year, only centre back Oddbjørn Lie har still in the club. The transfer of Aalesund's top scorer last year Leke James (13 goals) is a big blow, but replacer Franck Boli is a similar player with his pace as his strength. Skipper Bjørn Helge Riise will be an important player for the home team through the season, and he'll soon be reunited with his big brother John Arne, who are in Aalesund ready to sign a contract. Only injury for Aalesund is their new signed goalkeeper Lars Cramer.
Expected lineup Aalesund:
Arnarson – Skagestad – Lie – Kirkeskov
Bjørdal – Hoff – Riise – Mos
Marlinho – Boli
Stabæk had a fantastic season last year under their brilliant head coach Bob Bradley, the American has now left the club and are manager at Le Havre. New head coach at Stabæk is the former Blackburn player Billy McKinlay, who was assistant manager for David Moyes in Real Sociedad. The away side finished on a strong 3rd place last year, with away stats showing 7-3-5. But they finished the end of the season a bit poor, especially after the sale of their top scorer Adama Diomande. Stabæk has played 8 friendlies before this season, these have resulted in 7 losses and only one win.
As Aalesund also Stabæk has promoted a lot of junior players from their academy up to their A-squad. The creative and great dribbler Yassine El Ghanassy who was amazing last year in the league has left the club, Ohi Omoijuanfo has been signed from Jerv to play in a similar role. Stabæk's still got one of the best goalkeepers in the league in Sayouba, and also a strong centre back duo in Skjønsberg/Næss. Luckily the lightning quick winger Ernest Asante is still in the club, he will guaranteed be an attraction in the league this year too. Here are the Stabæk transfers ahead of the season:
Emil Ekblom (defender) back from loan
Andreas Hanche-Olsen (defender) junior dep.
Jeppe Moe (defender) junior dep.
Moussa Njie (midfield) Bærum
Emil Bohinen (midfield) junior dep.
Emil Dahle (midfield) back from loan
Shadrach Eghan (midfield) on loan from Twente
Ohi Omoijuanfo (striker) Jerv
Sebastian Pedersen (striker) junior dep.
Ville Jalasto (defender) HJK Helsinki
Anthony Annan (midfield) HJ
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