Fredrikstad vs Strommen by 20Legend
Fredrikstad put a lot of money in both new players and a new coach before this season. Jan Halvor Halvorsen left his position in Tippeligaen as the coach for Bodo/Glimt in order to take Fredrikstad up to new heights. However, it did not go according to plan at all as Fredrikstad struggled at the very bottom all season until he got sacked in August. In stepped another highly experienced coach who lost his job in Start earlier this season. Mons Ivar Mjelde took immediate actions with his philosophy and set a new spark in his group of players. The results changed over the night and Fredrikstad is now in 12th place with 28 points. However, it is still only a better goal difference than 13th placed Ranheim that keeps them above the relegation zone, but the club is on a row with 3-2-0 under Mjelde’s leadership so far. Their only way out is to continue their home form and taking points from their away games.
Their last match against Hodd (2-2) was a bump in the road though, even if they secured an important point away from home. Fredrikstad performed well and led the game twice, but they let Hodd back in too easy on both occasions. However, Fredrikstad continues to produce goals which have been a major problem earlier. The club must focus on getting points on a regular basis and 3-0-0 at home combined with 0-2-0 away since Mjelde took over are just the path that Fredrikstad need to follow in the remaining games.
Strommen has done a really great season so far as they have the 7th place on the table with 38 points in 24 games. It is definitely been the most stable season for Strommen in a long time with a total 10-8-6 to show for. They have always had their main strength at home, which is also the case in this season (7-4-1), but the key is that more points have been captured away from home this season (3-4-5) copared to earlier. However, they are often involved in high scoring matches and especially during their away games with 25 conceded goals in 12 games. Their last away game against Raufoss (4-5) was a great example of that, while their last match against Mjondalen (0-0) at home was a whole different story.
Strommen is usually involved in high scoring games at home as well, but this time it became a rather close match. Neither of the two teams were able to produce any major threats, and it all came down to both teams being satisfied with one point in the end. It was a clear exception from Strommen’s usual pattern as lots of chances both ways describes their home games; exemplified by their previous home games against KFUM Oslo (2-1), Ranheim (2-1), Levanger (2-1), Raufoss (4-0) and Sandnes Ulf (3-1). It was also a result that kept on the pressure on Strommen as Mjondalen was only one point behind them. With Mjondalen beating Ranheim yesterday (6-2), they also overtook over the 6th place, but Strommen could take it back if they win tonight. Defender Pal Steffen Andresen (14/0) and striker Madiou Konate (8/1) are injured, while midfielder Mathias Blarud (19/2) is suspended.
In my opinion, this match should really be entertaining with two teams in good form at the moment. Mjelde has made his team feel unbeatable with the most perfect timing so late into the season. At the same time, Fredrikstad must keep up in order to stay over the relegation line. Strommen is also fighting in the other end of the table and can retake the 6th place which gives playoff to Tippeligaen. They are also heading into this match with self-confidence as they are unbeaten from their recent five games (3-2-0). It is likely for both teams to score tonight, but both teams needs all three points. I therefore think that over 2.5 goals should be a good pick as it will be an open match.