Bodo/Glimt vs Sandefjord by 20Legend
Bodo/Glimt looked like they were going to be in the relegation zone all season long after a dreadful start earlier this year. However, something magical truly happened in the middle of June, as they won six games in a row and were suddenly one of the in-form teams. They have managed to continue in a good way even with two losses against Viking (2-1) and Odd (2-1) away from home. They lost against Odd last weekend, but they could very well have taken both one and three points back home with them. They produced dangerous attempts through the game and even got a ball saved on the line by a defender from Odd. It has to be said that Odd deserved the points with their performance and the creation of chances, but Bodo/Glimt built up their confidence towards another home game were they usually is at their best.
Defender Zarek Valentin (18/1) is suspended, while defender Ruben Imingen (2/0), keeper Lasse Staw (9 games) and winger Danny Cruz (13/2) are missing for various reasons.
Sandefjord are one step closer to relegation every time they play these days. A difficult match against Molde (2-4) last weekend was simply not good enough, despite a good performance. Molde led the game and got a bit control in the start. They also took the lead after 25 minutes, but Sandefjord got back immediately and made it 1-1 the minute after. However, things slipped out of Sandefjord’s hands as usual and Molde scored both 1-2, 1-3 and 1-4 before Sandefjord got the last goal in stoppage time. It was a good start for them, but they are simply not good enough to keep a decent performance for 90 minutes. There is always a part of each game were Sandefjord let their opponents dictate everything which off course have to end with zero points over a season. Their manager, Lars Bohinen, has been clear on not changing their usual 3-5-2 formation this season, but it seems like that is a bit too optimistic for a team like Sandefjord. The formation is inspired by Juventus, but Sandefjord does not have the same frames as the Italians, both in terms of an economic and quality-players points of view.
Defender Kevin Larsen (16/0) is suspended, while keeper Jacob Busk (7/0) and defenders Alexander Gabrielsen (11/2) and Yaw Amankwah (5/0) are strongly doubtful.
It has been two teams in totally different cognitive situations. Bodo/Glimt has been turning things around all summer and produced 3-0-2 from the last five games. On the other hand, Sandefjord has had very little to cheer about with 1-1-3 form the last five games, and an overall negative feeling in the games they have played. It seems like the players are starting to giving up a bit and it will not be easy this time either. Another game away from home has most definitely not been to their liking with 0-2-9 to show for when being on visit. Bodo/Glimt has 6-0-5 at home this season, but it could have been a lot better if they had not being rock bottom for the first three months of the season. They have won four wins at home in a row and the last two with a clear margin against Start (5-1) and Sarpsborg 08 (3-1). This should be another game in that category as it is very difficult to find the spark in Sandefjord at the moment.