Bodo/Glimt vs Odd by 20Legend
After struggling in the middle of the relegation zone all season long, Bodo/Glimt has started the climbing after the summer break. A strong draw against league leaders Rosenborg (0-0) was followed up by a smashing away win against Start (1-4) last weekend. Those four points have sent the club up to 12th place with 15 points after a total 4-3-8 this season. However, it is only three points down to the relegation zone again, so it is no time to take it easy as nothing is decided yet with 15 games to go.
Their last match against Start was a perfectly executed game away from home from the yellow submarines. They took the lead after 32 minutes and kept it into halftime. Start put on a real fight and equalized after 57 minutes, but Bodo/Glimt took their lead back just ten minutes later. The home team tried to come back, but it was Bodo/Glimt who finished the game in great style by adding two more goals in stoppage time.
It was only their second win away from home, but it was certainly another step in the right direction for the struggling club. Midfielder Morten Konradsen (0/0) and 2nd keeper Simon Thomas (2 games) are injured while midfielder Anders Karlsen (9/0) has withdrawn from football in order to prioritize his studies.
Odd has been sensational so far in the league with their 2nd place after 10-3-2 and 33 points. It is only three points up to the league leaders Rosenborg, which makes them the only team to challenge them for the title in my opinion. Their squad is very strong with great backups in almost every position. However, they have to rely on their usual key players in order to keep up with Rosenborg and it is something that coach Dag Eilev Fagermo has understood when the club headed to Greece on Thursday.
PAS Giannina was their opponents, but it was clear that Fagermo did not prioritize this competition and showed that through his lineup. Vital key players like striker Olivier Occean, winger Rafik Zekhnini and center back Fredrik Semb Berge were rested, while midfielder Jone Samuelsen was missing out through injury. Even though the replacements were good it was clearly that the players did not manage to take this competition to serious. Their usual defensive awareness slipped away as the game progressed and PAS Giannina cruised toward a 3-0 win.
Odd has therefore no chance or apparently interest of advancing in Europe, which makes their league as their main focus this season. Their last league game against Aalesund (4-1) showed how good this team can be with all their best players on the pitch. They created one chance after the other and dominated the game completely. Aalesund was outplayed as they had to chase the ball for 90 minutes which off course cost energy. Midfielder Jone Samuelsen (8/1) is still injured, but has made great progress and will be able to return soon.
Bodo/Glimt will try to continue their form they have had since the summer break ended and make things difficult for their opponents here. Odd is the only team to challenge Rosenborg and they have great chances, but it does not happen without the use of their best players. The result in Greece gave a clear sign on how Odd thinks about Europe versus the domestic league in my opinion. That should give some alterations in the lineup with key players coming back to help the team getting another three points.
The club is strong away from home (4-2-1) and I expect another three points even though it will not be any walkover and total focus will be needed. Another motivational factor should be the fact that Rosenborg lost two points in their match against Aalesund (1-1). Odd could therefore be only one point behind Rosenborg with a win here which gives the odds a great value.