Asane vs Brann by 20Legend
Asane has finally come down to earth since their highly impressive start this season. 3-0-0 from the start of the season have become 3-3-5 after 11 matches played. After getting only three draws in a row, they have now lost five straight matches and they are now in 12th place, four points clear of the relegation zone. Even if the results has been bad, it was also expected as it was only a matter of time before this newly promoted team would face a period like this.
However, Asane’s last performance against Baerum (3-2) was very impressive after a terrible period. They created a lot of good opportunities and also took the lead, before Baerum took more control. Asane went down 2-1, but did not give up and came back on 2-2. A corner in the 88th minute and poor marking was the only thing that made them lose 3-2 in the end. Asane brought their good performance into the cup game against Ranheim (0-2) during mid-week. Once again they had the stamp as the underdog, but they caught Ranheim totally off guard and took a very strong and deserved 0-2 win. Currently, no injuries have been reported from Asane.
Brann has just been a sad story all the way since their former manager Rikard Norling took over the club ahead of last season. Brann has not been able to recognize at all since his arrival and both the fans, players and media has been frustrated about his way of leading. After being relegated to OBOS-Ligaen and not been able to get stable results so far this season, it all came down to a needed change of manager.
Lars Arne Nilsen has been brought in from Hodd, who also play in OBOS-Ligaen and his arrival seems to have changed the mood within the club. In his first game in charge, Brann beat Follo (2-1) and even if the performance was not over the moon they still was able to get the three points that Brann needs in order to be the candidate for promotion that they should be. The spark that Lars Arne Nilsen brought to the table really continued ignited even more in the cup against Bryne (1-4), which was a very solid win. Important players like striker Markus Pedersen was back against Follo and was able to find the net in the cup against Bryne. To get him into his old form will be a vital asset to this team and it looks like Lars Arne Nilsen could be the man to do that. 1st keeper Piotr Leciejewski (1 game) was finally back after injury against Follo, but is out for another three-four weeks with a broken finger. Kenneth Udjus (7 games) will therefore continue to take his place tonight.
This is a local derby and it involves two teams that are not known for keeping clean sheets. Asane has lost five straight games and four of five games have had at least three goals involved as well. Brann finally has some positive results to build on and another win tonight will show that they are still a team to count on in the race for promotion. Even if Brann are favorites, it will be wrong to declare them as fully back on track. Their last three games in OBOS- Ligaen have involved three goals or more and they need to be more stable defensively before they can be completely trusted. The chance of both teams scoring is big in this match and another game with at least three goals involved should be a good outcome.