Sandefjord vs Rosenborg by 20legend

Sandefjord
VS
Rosenborg
Sandefjord was left no chance in their last game away from home against Lillestrom, but quickly showed that any team has to be fully focused to beat them. One of their new signings, Flamur Kastrati stated that clearly in the pre-match interview and he only needed 22 minutes to turn his words into action as the scoreboard showed 0-1. It was quite a shocker for the home team, but it did not make Lillestrom to be any better either. Simen Rafn got one huge chance before half-time, but that was all the home team created before the final 15 minutes of the game. Sandefjord continued their strong game plan by constantly interrupt the home team’s efforts to get inside the box. Lillestrom needed to respond and got their newest striker Skoda. He got things back on track after 87 minutes, but it was nothing more than Lillestrom’s second big chance in the game. However, his appearance and goal made Sandefjord look shakier and especially on set pieces. The result came five minutes into stoppage time when right-back Melgavis sent Sandefjord back home with zero points.

 

Rosenborg was on the other side of the scale in terms of how their game against Odd (3-0) turned out. However, it was not such an easy win as the score looks. Odd was by far the better team for 55 minutes as it looked like they were the team that was playing at home. Rosenborg struggled on getting their usual flow going and Odd created some big chances especially in the last ten minutes before halftime. However, the second half was an interesting one as Niklas Bendtner scored on a strong header after 57 minutes. That was the decisive moment when Odd suddenly lost control once more and an own goal by defender Fredrik Semb Berge was a fact before another minute had gone by. 2-0 was suddenly a fact in just a minute and Odd naturally felt bad after playing an impressive away game until that point. Now Rosenborg suddenly had all the initiative that Odd enjoyed in the first half. Another newcomer, Milan Jevtovic, used the occasion to present himself with an extraordinary goal to shut the game down with 3-0. All in all it was not a 3-0 game from start to finish, but Rosenborg was their usual self in the second half.

 

Rosenborg has a way bigger match coming up on Saturday when their rival Molde pays them a visit at Lerkendal. It is therefore expected that some of the usual starters will be rested in tonight’s game. Defender Johan Bjordal (1/0) got a knock agaisnt Odd and is not with the team tonight as he is replaced by the 17 year old striker Erik Botheim.

 

The two teams come from an opposite scenario in their first game. Sandefjord led their game in 87 minutes and were the better team, while Rosenborg got back on track after being dominated in the first 55 minutes of their game. Sandefjord will therefore give everything for the full 90 minutes when the best team in Norway comes to their stadium. Rosenborg will rest some key-players which could give Sandefjord more space to be dangerous, but Rosenborg should definitely win this one as well. I have a feeling of at least three goals to be involved in this match and pick over 2.5 goals.

 

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Over 2.5 goals Unibet 1.73 8 0-3 WON (+5.84 units)
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Comments (4)
MG
Season just begun and they need to rest players?? Why would anyone rest players already in 2. round of the season???
04/05/2017 - 20:51
MG
Season just begun and they need to rest players?? Why would anyone rest players already in 2. round of the season???
04/05/2017 - 22:35
20legend
MG: The reason is simply that the games in both April and May come so closely. In this case it also about having their best players fit agaisnt their biggest rivals pays a visit on Lerkendal on Saturday. Niklas Bendtner is on the bench tonight as he has had little match practice in preseason as well. This can be seen all over the world also in the big leagues.
04/05/2017 - 23:26
Allanylle
You are on point 20legend
04/05/2017 - 23:39
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