Haugesund vs Tromso by Isaiah
Haugesund didn't manage to continue their winning streak as they had previously two victories (against Rosenborg and Aalesund), but managed to take only a point last weekend when the team took a point on the road against Viking last time out in Eliteserien. They were a bit more concrete in attack, however it wasn't their day as they went pretty poorly into the game.
Players of Viking took the lead in 29th minute via Appiah and even though the guests tried to make ammends later on, they only managed to level up the result in 88th minute via Skjerve. Even though they didn't take all three points, they remained undefeated in last four rounds, being now at ninth position with nineteen points earned - six less than Europa League placed Sarpsborg for now. They were also busy during the midweek, winning over Coleraine 7:0 in first round of Europa League and go into the re-match already knowing they have progressed further and will be playing most likely against Lech Poznan in the next round.
Home team should be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with central striker Shuaibu and central offensive midfielder Hajradinovic behind his back. Central defender Anthony Izuchukwu remains long term absentee without performing so far. Midfielder Eirik Maeland is doubtful but could be involved here.
Tromso, on the other side, managed to break their streak of negative results last weekend, as the team previously had three defeats (against Molde, Valerenga and Lillestrom), as the side managed to take a point in a home game against Sandefjord last Sunday evening. However, they entered terribly into the match conceding a goal in first minute already when Morer scored for the visiting side.
The team tried to respond as soon as possible, being more concrete and deserving the equalizer in 32nd minute via Siguraarson, while they remained better for hte rest of the game, however being concrete in attack is one of their biggest problems for now. After this match played, players of Tromso remain second from the bottom with five points more than rock bottom placed Viking and with just two points less than safely placed Kristiansund, knowing that this game will be really hard for them, to break the mini run of two defeats away from home.
Visitors are set to play in a version of 4-4-1-1 formation with Olsen as central striker, plus Asen as his offensive support. Striker Runar Espejord (no performance so far) undergo surgery and won't be playing any time soon, while injured also remain reserve goalkeepers Filip Loncaric and Otto Fredrikson (both without performing so far). Left back Patrick Kpozo (2/0) is injured, while doubtful remains forward Slobodan Vuk (2/0).
- FK Haugesund are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 home matches (Eliteserien).
Haugesund comes from a kind of a training game against Northern Irish side in Europa League which surely just boost their morale. Current form, atmosphere and individual quality is surely on the side of the home team here.