Halmstadt vs Elfsborg by Isaiah
Halmstadt was far below any standard of Allsvenskan level so far, having just one victory in first twelve rounds, additionally adding three draws and eight defeats, they couldn't expect more but to be at second from the bottom position, having still just two points less than play-out placed Kalmar and five less than safely placed Sundsvall.
Their performances so far weren't promising at all and something will need to change drastically in the club, especially in attack and creative part of the team, since they have scored just eight goals in twelve matches which is the lowest number in the league. In most recent game, they suffered 2:1 defeat away to Sirius early in June, coming from two consecutive defeats, but also eleventh consecutive match without a victory, since their only win so far was in the season opener against Ostersunds.
Midfielder Ivo Pekalski (11/0) is suspended for this one, while other midfielder Simon Silverholt remains long term absentee without performing this season anyway.
Elfsborg, on the other side, didn't start the season in a proper way and needs to be said that they still somewhat short from their target - to get the European exit this time. After twelve rounds played, they are at eight position with just three points less than third placed Ostersunds, so there's no doubt that the players are taking this match as determined as possible.
They actually didn't start the season well, however improved in weeks before the international break as they collected three victories (over Hacken, Jonkopings, Eskilstuna and one draw, against Goteborg), climbing up at the table and surely improving their morale inside the locker room. Away from home they are yet to impress with only one victory in first five matches on the road. During the international break, they had a friendly game against Kalmar winning it with 2:1 result, thanks to goal from Frick and Rosenqvist.
Visitors will be missing forward Lasse Nilsson (4/3) due injury, while they also can't count at forward Jesper Karlsson (5/0) who is on international duty with their U19 team, while newcomer midfielder Samuel Holmen won't be playing in this one, but anyway without a single minute so far in the season for Elfsborg.
Individual quality difference, form and momentum are completely with the visiting side. I doubt that the hosts actually improved during the break, therefore value remains with the guests in my eyes.