Jerv vs Fredrikstad by 20Legend
Jerv was the most positive surprise last season as they reached the qualification for Tippeligaen. However, they did lose their last game against their big brother Start, which made them take another season in OBOS-Ligaen. Jerv’s performance was amazing tough as they came straight from 2nd Division and almost reached Tippeligaen in once season. Even though no one could blame the newcomers for losing the qualification match against Start, the players and coach were naturally disappointed. Start actually wanted Jerv’s coach Steinar Pedersen to lead them this season and so it happened. In addition to that, Jerv’s top scorer Ohi Omijuanfo was picked up by Stabaek from Tippeligaen. Jerv brought in the experienced Arne Sandsto as their new coach which was a great signing for them. With that being said, it was no high expectations for Jerv this season and it has also been a various start for them.
3-4-3 has given the club 13 points which keep them two points above the relegation zone at the moment. 9:14 on goal difference from 10 games does not scare any opponent either. However, it has been a slight improvement over the last month with 2-2-1 as the result of May. They managed a draw against rock bottom Ull/Kisa (1-1) in their last game after a pretty late equalizer. The goals have not come so easily this year which is much of the explanation for their struggles at the table as well. Defender Nils Petter Andersen (0/0) remains sidelined while striker Alexander Lind (3/0) is doubtful.
Fredrikstad has been the second biggest disappointment in OBSOS-Ligaen this season with only Mjondalen (13th) being a bigger one. Fredrikstad brought in a lot of talented and experienced players before the season started. In addition, they brought in the experienced Jan Halvor Halvorsen as their new coach. His task was to make Fredrikstad a strong team again so that they could be in the race for promotion after several heavy years in OBOS-Ligaen.
However, nothing has going the clubs way this season with just eight points in 10 games. Fredrikstad (15th) is therefore second last at the table with only one point above the newcomers Ull/Kisa. 2-2-6 and 8:18 on goal difference is obviously tough facts for a club that have invested the way Fredrikstad have done. It has to be a question on how much more time Jan Halvor Halvorsen is getting if these results do not turn soon. Luckily for both the coach and the club, they were able to beat Hodd (1-0) in their last match. Those three points were highly valuable as it can also be motivating in for the tough task that lies ahead of them. Midfielder Patrik Karoliussen (9/0) is suspended tonight due to his three yellow cards this season.
The pitch has been a huge problem for every opponent so far as it is full of bumps which make it difficult to play along the ground. Jerv has acclimatized their style of playing to these conditions over the last weeks, but the pitch finally seems to be better as the summer has arrived. That should be great news for the home team and the way Arne Sandsto wants his team to play football. Fredrikstad comes from a win, but has not been trustworthy at all this season. Jerv’s struggling on scoring enough goals has made their games involving few goals as well with only three of ten games going over 2.5 goals. Fredrikstad has leaked consistently all season away from home (11 goals conceded in five games) which has made four of their five away games going over 2.5 goals. All in all, I find Jerv as the favorites tonight, but I do not expect a high scoring match. Jerv’s latest five games have gone under 2.5 goals and it seems like an option in tonight as well.