Sarpsborg vs Genk
Sarpsborg host Genk in the 2nd round of Europa League group I.
It's always hard to compare teams in totally different moment form. These two teams are in one group with Besiktas and Malmo and it's not so hard to predict Genk and Besiktas are with more than 90% chances to proceed to the next round, while the Scandinavian Malmo and Sarpsborg will take the 3rd and 4th position in group I.
Sarpsborg are in a row of 7 losses in all competitions including 5 in the domestic league. Being 20 points from the leaders Rosenborg they have to play a few more matches in the league without real chances to be included in the relegation battle, but also for the places which give chance to play in the Euro competitions. They performed very well during the first half against Besiktas in Turkey when the result was 0:0 and the visitors were much more active, but the second half was a full disaster for them. Besiktas took the lead, extended it to 3:0 and in the end Sarpsborg pulled one back. Maybe the best example for their very poor form was the last match in the league against Stromsgodset, when the team lost 0:1, but also didn't have a single shot ON target. Stromsgodset is a team behind them in the league table and even has chances to be relegated.
Genk is totally on the other side as a current form. They have played against three opponents on their way to the EL group stages and beat all of them at home and as visitors. Their victims were Fola Esch, Lech Poznan and Brondby. In the first match in this group I they beat one more team- Malmo from Sweden(2:0) after a full dominance during the game. Ndongala, Trossard and Samata is a trio which is just unstoppable during this season. So many goals in Europe League till now, also the team has 26 goals in the domestic league in 9 games! Truly attacking minded team in excellent form.
Anything than an away win will be a very big surprise here. The odds dropped so much for the visitors in the last one day. I played it at 1.72, but still see some value in 1.57 in bet365 to post it in this site.
Sarpsborg vs Genk prediction
|Genk||Bet365||1.57||10||3-1 LOST (-10 units)|