Valerenga vs Sarpsborg (By: Saconex)

Norway Eliteserien

Valerenga (7) vs Sarpsborg (12)

Both teams are coming from losing in the Cup against lower league teams. Valerenga have also lost 2 straight league matches by 3-0 vs Rosenborg (9) & Lillestrom (11). They have to get back winning now, taking in mind their solid opponents in the upcoming weeks. Also, Valerenga are normally good in front of their fans, home record is 4-0-1 (only losing vs Lillestrom). Expect the hosts to have most of the possession and to control this match from start.

Sarpsborg will go into this match with what seems to be a problem in creating chances. They won 2-0 vs Odd (2) last time out in the league. But they followed it up with a very very weak performance in the Cup, when they lost 1-0 vs the bottom team of Norwegian 1.division, Tromsdalen. Not only losing the match, they wasn’t even close to create anything really, and their opponents got a red card in 30 min.

* Last 10 meetings: 3-3-4

Despite the historic records and the expectation of Sarpsborg to climb at the table, I think the hosts will take this. Sarpsborgs attacking qualities was absolutely invisible in their last match. I can’t see this team being able to create serious trouble for the hosts today either and fact is that they are the second lowest scoring team of the league. Valerenga have ambitions for Europe, and to make that happen they will need to get back winning asap. So, I think Valerenga will grab 3 points again here, mostly because of the extremely weak performance from Sarpsborg last time out.

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Valerenga vs Sarpsborg predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Valerenga Win Bet365 2.15 7 1-1 LOST (-7 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Valerenga vs Sarpsborg betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Saconex).
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