After failing at the playoffs in two previous season, Kristiansund finally made it into the elite league last year. New additions such as second highest goalscorer Stokke (16/6), Mc Dermott (15/0) who became preferred first choice goalkeeper and defender Aasbak (13/0) have proven to be worthy inclusion to the fold. They are coming from a 4-2 loss away to Stromgodset last round. Both half belonged to the two teams, it took Kristiansund 45min to be in the game after losing first half by 4-0. Guest were better side in the second half and demonstrated good spirit despite the initial 4 goals down but they could only reduce the deficit. It is same spirit they had in their last home match against Rosenborg; they were 2 goals down before upturning the scores to 3-2 and eventually settled for 3-3 in a pulsating encounter. The 4-2 away defeat marked their first defeat in last 4 matches having impressively stayed undefeated against Aalesund (1-1), won Stabaek away (1-4) and drew Rosenborg away (3-3). They remain with only 1 defeat at home; their 0-1 home defeat to Molde in the season opener. Three wins have since turned in and 4 draws with 12 goals scored and 9 goals conceded. If Kristiansund will get something good here today, they will have to improve on their defence even if their attack has scored more than a team like Haugesund despite 9 positions between them. In the last 10 league matches, Kristiansund average 4.8 shots on target per match while opponents had an average of 4.4 shots on target per match in the process.
Valeranga have improved and shrugged off their poor start to the league where they had 3 points from first available 12. They are coming from a 0-0 away draw to Brann; It appears guest played with the intent of extending their unbeaten run against league second most scoring side and would rather lurk the ball around from the middle. Match greeted not too many chances at goal and Valeranga would be happy with a draw. It marked Valeranga’s 5th unbeaten match in a row having only lost twice in previous 10 matches, both which came away from home. Valeranga are 7th on league standing with 21 goals scored and 20 goals conceded. In the last 10 league matches, Valeranga average 3.7 shots on target per match while opponents had an average of 4.1 shots on target per match in the process.
Both sides met earlier in the season with Valeranga winning 1-0 at home. Kristiansund as guest posed more attacking threats but were non-coherent for the most part. Now that they have played more games together and are scoring freely, I think Valeranga will have trouble away at the Kristiansund Stadion which has turned fortress. Question is can Kristiansund maintain a lead with their leaking defence?
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