Gefle vs Falkenberg by Sweem
Allsvenskan is back after a break during the pending Euro competition and we are being thrown right into a vital clash at the bottom of the table immediately between two terrible teams in the early season, Gefle IF and Falkenbergs FF - Rest assured that there will be no soft start when these two teams are looking to save their season.
The season has been brutal for both of these teams, hence this is a very important match for both sides who are far from safe ground. The hosts, Gefle have acted immediately by firing the coach Roger Sandberg and replaced him with Thomas Andersson. As it is commonly known, a change of coach usually comes with a good effect, and this was also noticeable on Gefle's season break as they won both their friendly matches against Jaro FF from Finland, and the defending Swedish champions Norrkoping. Noticeably, Gefle scored goals in numbers this time - something which has proven to be a big struggle early on with only 8 goals scored in 12 matches - that will obviously not win you many games or points for that matter
Gefle plays on their artificial turf where they are usually strong if referring to previous seasons. Unfortunately they have not lived up to that reputation in the first half of the series but the coaching change might be their turn-around. Two impressive victories builds confidence, not least offensively.
The hosts have no significant injuries that ruins their plans for the re-start of Allsvenskan.
Falkenberg have had an even worse start than their bottom rivals Gefle, but have not taken any direct actions as of yet. Coach Hasse Eklund only have 16 players to count on for this match, as several starters are not available for this important clash. Falkenberg have been on a training camp during the season break and have lost their most significant striker Gustaf Nilsson to Brondby in Denmark, meaning that they lost firepower up front and a potential match winner. Other than that - injuries and absences are currently haunting Falkenberg as midfielder Alexander Jakobsen (11/1) was fired due to disciplinary reasons. Furthermore, forward Akseli Pelvas (10/0) got injured during practice. Defender Rasmus Sjostedt (10/0) will also miss out for family reasons. Although, coach Hasse Eklund remains optimistic for the important encounter
- "At the end of the day we are 11 against 11 on the field. We have some injuries unfortunately but we are motivated to start this half in a positive manner" Eklund says
The truth is that even though these teams are located in an equally deep grave - Gefle have responded with actions, focus and have gained visible results during the time off. Falkenberg have d0ne nothing but having their squad weakened and no real improvements have been clearly visible during their two friendly matches which both ended in losses. A game up north on artificial turf is not something that will benefit Falkenberg either, as they are a typical natural grass team. Gefle is the more experienced side, and healthier at the moment - the fact that this is a desperate meeting also means that Gefle will need to benefit from the home advantage to get three heavy points. I believe they are ready and equipped to manage that with a new coach who have revived the belief in this squad.