AIK vs Norrkoping by Isaiah
AIK did well to get a narrow victory away from home last Sunday evening when the team visited Kalmar and took a three pointer following 1:0 victory. Only goal was scored back in 67th minute via Goitom, in overall quite closed and defensive game where the final result could have been very differently on some other day.
It means that the players of Kalmar looked pretty decent on the field and had chances on their own, but couldn't convert anything into goal. After this victory, AIK remains undefeated for fourth consecutive game, now standing at fourth position with just two points less than second placed Norrkoping and a point behind third placed Sirius, both rivals have played game more than AIK. As for Europa League the team comes from a goalless draw away to Bosnian side Zeljeznicar in pretty equal poor game where we didn't see lot of offensive phases.
Defender Stipe Vrdoljak (6/0) is injured for the home team. Some rotation is possible in their team.
Norrkoping, on the other side, comes from quite unpleasant defeat last Sunday afternoon when the team welcomed Elfsborg and suffered 1:3 defeat. They actually didn't look that poor and were decent, however paid the price of lack of concentration in the defense towards the halftime whistle, when the visitors managed to get the double lead.
Goalscorers were Lundevall in 34th and Dyer a minute later, while the home team improved in second, managed to reduce the deficit via Andersson in 48th minute and attacked searching the equalizer, but it never came - on contrary, visitors scored another one, just before the end of the match via Bajrami. They are now second at the table with seven points less than first placed Malmo and only a victory can keep them in the title race. As for the Europa League, the team comes from a narrow 2:1 win over Trakai and won't be that relaxed ahead of the second game, missing many chances to make their lead more convincing.
Midfielder Henrik Castegren is long term absentee due knee injury, while doubtful for this match are defender Andreas Hadenius (5/0) and forward Adin Bukva (no performance so far). Some rotation is possible in their team.
With both teams being in a busy schedule and with obvious lack of concrete chances during their last couple of matches, I can't see this game going to more than a goal or two. Norrkoping is obviously far away from their best form, while AIK struggles in attack a lot, not just now but whole season long.