Bodo/Glimt vs Rosenborg by 20Legend
Bodo/Glimt did not finish on a high note before the summer break started in June. They struggled in order to find the net with just three goals scored in their previous five games. That made them the second worst team in the league during those five games with 1-1-3 to show for. The negative results influenced their table position as well with just 11 points in 13 games with a total 3-2-8 record.
Bodo/Glimt is in 14th place at the table and even though it is a very short way up to safe placed Valerenga (13th place), their negative performances could be a huge problem going forward. The only good thing they managed to achieve before the break was to knock Haugesund (4-3 after extra time) out of the cup in what was an epic game in terms of goal scoring. However, it was back to earth for them in the following game against Viking (2-0) just before the vacation.
Their 1st keeper Hannes Tor Halldorsson (12 games) is missing as he guards Iceland’s goal in the Euros at the moment. That will certainly harm the already shaky defense as his replacement Simon Thomas (1 game) is no way near his level.
On paper, Rosenborg could not have hoped for a more fitting opponent in their first game after the summer break. The best team in Norway this season with just one loss in the first 13 games (10-2-1) definitely sails up as the main favorites for another triumph this season. The team has seemed untouchable over the first 13 games as 32 points clearly speaks for itself. It is actually just 2nd place Odd (27 pts) that could challenge them during the remaining 17 games, but Rosenborg is already five points ahead which should make it difficult.
25:7 on goal difference makes them the best team both offensively and defensively as well which also makes them deserve their table position. Two of their key players Pal Andre Helland (6/1) and Fredrik Midtsjo (12/2) both signed new contracts with the club this week. That will be important as both domestic league and qualification for Champions League are coming up. Rosenborg has played three friendlies during the last month and the team has responded well in every match.
The offensive play has been kept on the same high level that every opponent fears when facing them. Winger Yann-Erik De Lanlay (12/2) is the only absentee for Rosenborg tonight.
Bodo/Glimt won this meeting last season 1-0. Rosenborg had been to the Faroe Islands playing Europa League qualification three days earlier. The buildup was therefore not ideal, but it is a fresher team that travels to Bodo/Glimt this season. The coach has stated that they will use their attacking force in order to press Bodo/Glimt further down on the pitch.
That is certainly what I expect as well, with Bodo/Glimt laying low and try to use counter-attacks if the opportunities come. It is the first game after the summer break, but I do not see Rosenborg struggling tonight. Rosenborg has looked sharp offensively and at least two goals should be expected against a struggling home team in addition to another three points for the league leaders.