Halmstad vs Syrianska by Sweem
Halmstad have the chance to take the throne on the first place with a victory against Syrianska on home soil, on the Swedish national day.
It is a frustrated visiting team who are coming to Halmstad to try and shock the hosts. The Syrianska coach, Bosko Orovic resigned for personal reasons after the team's last game on the 29th of May after suffering a loss against rivals AFC United. The man who is stepping up to take over the coaching responsibilies is the assistant coach Steven Younan, a 25-year old local guy who has been involved in Syrianskas organization since the youth years. He highlights that he will not make any drastic changes, but to rather polish on the basics to re-start the team engine. He uses expressions that are keys to his team, such as making things to perfection, showing big heart and fight for every point.
Syrianska played a very attractive football during the pre season and the domestic cup phase, but somehow have not managed to carry that mentality over into the league play. Most of the time Syrianska is a side who enjoys the possession based football but struggle to win games. After 10 matches into the season, Syrianska are finding themselves at the rock bottom 16th place with only 2 victories, and 7 goals scored. It is worth to mention that Syrianska have not experienced any big losses this season, they have only conceded 1.2 goals per game which is not terrible but they have been on the wrong side of the margins needed to win, by perhaps being too naive in their possession game.
For the visitors, the team captain and midfielder Louay Chanko (7/0) is suspended, which is a big blow for the visitors as he is one of the most experienced players in the squad. It is usually a different team with and without Chanko on the field, and it is expected to be particularly visible when the team is finding themselves in a difficult position with new faces on the staff front as well as not having their captain to spread the calmness in the group.
Halmstad are currently sitting on the second place, as we expected from the very start of the season. This is a very experienced team, with good organization and tactical knowledge. They're very compact as a group and rarely give away things for free, which is justified on their 4 conceded goals in 10 matches. The 3-5-2 formation has shut down many teams lately and also gets production up front by the Norwegian striker Alexander Tveter (9/5). Halmstad have very hard working wingers in Andreas Bengtsson (10/1) and Alexander Henningsson (10/0) who uses the entire flank, adding to the offense and defense.
Another benefit is that Halmstad possess a strong bench, which means that they can handle absences better than their competitiors, moreover they have some talents coming up their ranks and are already making a positive statement such as Sead Haskanbanovic (10/3) who is 17 years old and have already played up front and on the midfield this season, being one of the more technical players in this team.
To todays date, striker Fredrik Olsson (8/2) is the most significant name being out for the hosts, as he has been missing for the last two matches due to injury. It should be mentioned though that 22 year old striker Simon Silverholt (7/2) has been doing an impressive job when filling in on the offensive end
It is obviously a game of two contrasts at the moment. Syrianska are yet to win an away game this season, and are now taking on one of the best teams in the league. Moreover, the game is played on natural grass which is to Halmstads advantage since Syrianska normally play their games on artificial turf. That being said, Syrianska might struggle with their pass accuracy and they will be matched against Halmstad in terms of containing the ball, as Halmstad also likes to keep it safe - which is also a reason why they have only conceded four goals.
The coach change for Syrianska is hard to judge at this point, whether it will be a success or just another way of digging the hole deeper remains to see, but the spontaneous feeling is that a 25 year old coach might not possess the necessarily leadership to immediately take down the title favorites on the road. Syrianska is a good team though and their position is a bit misleading, however Halmstad should be too experienced and disciplined to let this one slip away during the current circumstances.