Aalesund vs Rosenborg by 20legend

Aalesunds FK has improved a lot as a club in the recent years with a surprising 4th place last season, but this season should be a fight in the mid-table I think. They have sold their top scorer from last season as Abderrazak Hamadallah has continued his career in China. They have not picked up a replacement in the transfer-window, but a lot of the pressure will be on Leke James when it comes to scoring goals. He will get more space as he will be the clear choice on top. In addition the importance of Michael Barrantes getting another good season is highly important for Aalesund’s offensive play.


They started away from home against newly promoted Bodo/Glimt (1-1) last weekend. The game was not very entertaining and after a good first 30 minutes with a goal to each side, it was not much more to talk about and the draw was a quite fair result. Bodo/Glimt was the team that could have got the win; while Aalesund was never that close to get the three points. After the game Aalsund’s coach Jan Jonsson was honest about the team missing Hammadallah’s goalgetting abilities from last season.


They do not struggle with any serious injuries these days.


Rosenborg is the biggest container for the 1st place this season together with Molde. They play a very impressive 89 minute in their first match agianst Viking (2-2) last weekend, but personal mistakes at the back cost them two points in the final four minutes. They have brought in very strong name to an already strong squad, with former Blackburn-midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen as the biggest signing. They have also signed midfielder Riku Riski, who was one of the positive surprises last season.


The coach Per Joar Hansen was clearly disappointed with his team performance against Viking in the final minutes, and he is expected to do drastic changes ahead of tonight’s game. Striker Alexander Soderlund is expected to be set aside, while Nicki Bille Nilsen go in from his role as a right-winger and in as the striker. This is a very good choice as Nilsen clearly enjoys the center better than the right-wing. He is also much more creative and it could be a force since they will be playing on artificial surface in Aalesund. Tobias Mikkelsen will take the right-winger place. In addition, left-back Jonas Skjelvik will be changed with much more experienced Mikael Dorsin, while midfielder Jonas Svensson is out with an injury and is replaced by John Chibuike. The changes look to mean that Rosenborg will also change their formation from 4-3-3 into a 4-2-3-1 lineup.


As mentioned, midfielder Jonas Svensson is missing. Keeper Daniel Orlund and defender Stefan Strandberg are also still missing with injuries. These two are regular and important players, but Rosenborg has one of the best squads in this league with Per Verner Ronning and Alexander Lund Hansen will replace them.


It is always an interesting fixture between these two teams as all the results have shown over the years. The last 17 official games between the two have ended in over 2.5 goals, and it could very well happen tonight as well. Aalesund’s coach Jan Jonsson is the former coach in Rosenborg, where he felt that he never got the time to show his qualities. He will be very offensive minded and get his team going in their first home game this season. Rosenborg has many qualitites throughout the whole squad, but especially up front with Gamst Pedersen, Mike Jensen, Nicki Bille Nilsen, Riku Riski and John Chibuike. These are all players that can give any team in Tippeligaen huge problems, and their motivation should be very high as they lost two points in the final four minutes against Viking. The coach Per Joar Hansen is clearly showing his offensive plan ahead of this match, given his expected changes in the lineup. I feel that Rosenborg would take this, but nothing is safe in this league where almost any team could beat each other. Aalesund is usually good at home, with a good c

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Over 2,5 goals BetVictor 1.80 8 1-1 LOST (-8 units)
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Remember me? ("Again, very hard to find any information on the Icelandic League...[Initials: GP]")

Anyway, I think Rosenborg would be very interested in keeping Aalesund's midfielder/striker Michael Barrantes away from scoring-distance. He has been a partykiller in the last seasons..
04/05/2014 - 04:40
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