Stromsgodset vs Haugesund by 20legend
A lot of things have happen in Stromgodset in the past week as their head coach Ronny Deila has left for Celtic. He will be missed a lot by the fans of Stromsgodset and all the other people that enjoy Tippeligaen. His philosophy and work with young players has been great to watch as he started out with nothing and brought Stromsgodset to the top of the table last season. Celtic should be a perfect match for a coach of his standard and it is very much deserved for this gentleman. His assistant for the past year, David Nielsen, will take his place for now, but the club is working to get him there on a permanent basis already now. Nielsen knows all that is to now about Norwegian football as he has played in Start, Stromsgodset and Brann before stepping down and headed into coaching. He brought Nest-Sotra up from 2nd Division to 1st Division last season in a terrific way, but has no experience as a coach on the highest level in Norway. However, the loss of Deila will not be crucial for Stromsgodest. David Nielsen is loved by the players and they picked him out as the new coach immediately after Deila left. Nielsen got the respect he needs and has said to the media that all he intends to do is to follow the same philosophy as Deila has already created.
Stromsgodset is in the 2nd place so far with 21 points in 11 games, which is very good for them after missing a bunch of key-players from last season. However, they have not been impressing in their latest three fixtures. They started by losing against Stabaek (2-1) before getting a decent draw against Rosenborg (1-1), but thir worst game of the season came in the cup-match against Tromsdalen from the 1st Division. After trailing 1-0 for a long time, they got back with a 1-1 goal, but they got smashed after that. Tromsdalen should have taken the win after 90 minutes, but grabbed it in extra-time instead with a 4-2 win after 120 minutes. Stromsgodset must really get things back on track in order to keep up with the leagues leaders Molde (26 points) and it could not be any better opponent at this current time to make that happened.
Their 1st keeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey is unavailable as he is with the Ghana-squad prepairing for the WC. Striker Thomas Sorum is out with a concussion while defender Mounir Hammoud (6/2) and fellow defender Jarl Andre Storbaek (9/0) are back in the squad after injuries. Midfielder Simen Brenne (1/0) is missing however. The centre-back duo Kim Andre Madsen (4/0) and Jorgen Horn (0/0) are in the squad and finally available again after struggling with back-injuries.
Haugesund are just dreadful to watch these season with 1-4-6 and 7 points in 11 games so far. The fact that this team got in 3rd place last season is very hard to believe when you look at them now. They lost their best striker Alexander Soderlund to Rosenborg before this season, but you could see that he was tired of playing in Haugesund in the last games he played for them and to stay would never have been an option. They have got 0-2-3 in their last five games and with a total 1-1-3 away from home. Their last performance was in the cup-match against Ham Kam during mid-week, which culminated in a boring game with a late 0-1 winning goal in the 74th minute as the final result.
1st keeper Per Morten Kristiansen (5/0) is still questionable and is currently on a day-to-day status together with midfielder Michael Haukaas (0/0). Striker Pontus Engblom (7/1) is out with a long-term injury, not expected back before August.
Both teams are struggling at the moment, but the difference is that Haugesund has done it all season long. Stromsgodset are very strong at home and their offensive minded style has resulted in a total 4-1-0 record with 11:3 on goal difference at home so far. Stromsgodset will eager to strike back in front of the home fans tonight, and I cannot see that Haugesund could do anything about it with their current low-confidence. Stromdg
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|Stromsgodset to score in both halves||Bet365||2.00||8||2-1 WON (+8 units)|
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