Jerv vs Kongsvinger by 20Legend
After a fantastic performance last season, Jerv was not seen as a candidate for a top 6 position this year. However, they have slowly headed in the right direction after a dreadful start to the season. 6-5-4 has given them a 4th place on the table with 23 points. It is far too many points behind 1st placed Krisitiansund (36 pts) and 2nd placed Sandefjord (35 pts), but only three points away from 3rd placed Levanger.
That gives Jerv everything to play for when going forward as several teams are fighting for a place among the top 6. They cannot lose many more points as in the near future as it is only two points between them and 10th placed Ranheim. However, their current form should be enough to get a grip around one of the top 6 places.
They lost against 2nd placed Sandefjord (3-2) in what was a very close encounter before getting one point against Asane (1-1) in their last game. They had three straight wins before that though which gives them a total 3-1-1 from their previous five games. Defender Jan Jensen (12/1), striker Jacob Toft (7/0) and defender Nils Andersen (0/0) are all injured.
Kongsvinger was back on track after a two disappointing weeks behind them. After just getting a draw against Ull/Kisa (2-2), they lost against both Fredrikstad (1-2) and Mjondalen (2-1). Their last game came against Bryne (2-0) that ended with a rather controlled win. It was a game filled with frustration though as the team struggled to get chances.
However, the substitution of their winger Adem Guven (10/6) gave them two quick goals which secured the lead. The three points were important as it put them up in 8th place with 21 points. It is therefore still good chances of getting into a top 6 position that gives qualification for Tippeligaen. Striker Ioannis Sotiroglou (13/3) is injured.
I expect some goals in this match as it could be a rather open encounter between two offensive-minded teams. Jerv has looked much more entertaining lately with their top scorers Tonny Brochman (14/6) and Dennis Antwi (13/5) back in action. 3-3-1 at home shows that they are not easy to beat on their own home ground either.
Kongsvinger got an upswing against Bryne after a tough period and they want to build on that for sure. Their away form is not good this season (1-3-3), but all of their seven away games have been involving at least three goals. Over 2.5 goals should be a great scenario here with both teams being willing to get a grip around a top 6 position before the upcoming summer break.