Lillestrom vs Haugesund by 20legend

Lillestrom
VS
Haugesund
After a rather lucky win against Sandefjord (2-1) in the season opening, Lillestrom was very unfortunate not got get any points away against Molde (2-1) on Wednesday. It was a game where Mode was expected to take control on their own stadium with artificial surface which is usually not to Lillestrom’s liking. However, Lillestrom managed to keep up some pressure in the opening 30 minutes and produced some shots at goal, without being the biggest threat. It was therefore bad for them when Molde scored 1-0 with their first real attempt on target, but it was also the score at halftime. The second half has just started when Lillestrom’s midifielder Matthews quickly equalized after 47 minutes. It was fair to the game even if the chance came almost out of nowhere. The goal gave the game a sense of both teams being happy with one point as neither of them managed to take control. Lillestrom was close on a couple of occasions, but it was still Molde who stole all three points after 93 minutes. It was the first time that Molde came to life in the second half and it was not fair at all in terms of which team did the best. However, Lillestrom could take a good performance away with them and try build on it tonight and improve from the home game against Sandefjord. Defender Shriff Sinyan (0/0) is missing while their defensive midfielder Bonke Innocent (1/0) is still doubtful.

 

Haugesund was naturally disappointed with their overall performance against Stromsgodset (3-1) last weekend. However, the team impressed a lot when they beat Valerenga (4-3) at home in midweek. It was a really fun game to watch with offensive eyes, while it was more trouble defensively for both teams. Haugesund went up 1-0 after 15 minutes through their new goal scorer Frederik Gytkjaer, before midfielder Ibrahim doubled the score 20 minutes later. Haugesund was effective while Valerenga struggled with scoring on the chances that they produced. They got help from Haugesund’s defender Vegard Skjerve with an own goal after 38 minutes that kept both teams very much in the game as the halftime whistle sounded.

 

The second half started right where it left off as Ibrahim raised the score to 3-1 after 47 minutes. Valerenga continued creating chances as well, but they obviously missed someone to score as their striker Mohamed Abdellouaue left out of the squad through an injury. Coach Ronny Deila then made two changes after 62 minutes of play that would change the game. Muhamed Keita used eight minutes to score before the other substitute Magnus Grodem equalized for Valerenga after 80 minutes of play. That really kicked off the last 10 minutes where both teams were searching for the winning goal. However, it was Haugesund’s striker Frederik Gytkjaer that made the day with his second goal in the 89th minute. The win was impressive offensively, but it was also a match where they lost the lead twice. However, the three points should give them confidence when they take on another difficult opponent away from home.

 

Defender Kristoffer Haraldseid (1/0), midfielder Anthony Izuchukwu (0/0) and defender Bruno Leite (0/0) are all missing out here, while striker Liban Abdi (1/0) is back after serving his suspension against Valerenga. The youngster Robert Kling (0/0) did not train with the team yesterday because of illness, but has still made the squad for tonight’s game.

 

This can be another match where both teams could score in my opinion. Normally, it is wise to pick under in Lillestrom’s matches with a coach like Arne Erlandsen. His players have a physical way of playing, but also with some players that could do the little extra. Haugesund is obviously stronger offensively than defensively and with both strikers Frederik Gytkjaer and Ibrahim in top shape as they both scored twice against Valerenga. It is several options here with over 2.5 goals being one of them, but I pick both teams to score.

 

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