KFUM Oslo vs Jerv by 20Legend
KFUM Oslo did finally manage to break their horrible line of five consecutive losses when they beat 8th placed Levanger (0-3) two weeks ago. It was a very strong performance as well with a far better team on paper and when looking at the table. However, it is always difficult to play against teams that struggle for survival and OBOS-Ligaen is no exception. The three points was very important for KFUM Oslo as they snapped three points in on 13th placed Ull/Kisa. With a current 14th place after taking 26 points in 27 games, it is still possible of surviving with three points up to safe placed Hodd in 12th.
Jerv is fighting for direct promotion as they are in 3rd place with 49 points. The team was pushing 2nd placed Sandefjord very closely with being only one point behind, but a shocking loss against Bryne (1-3) at home two weeks ago made them drop to four points behind. Jerv is still safe among the top six if they take a least one win from the coming three games, but it will be some irritation with the 2nd place and direct promotion being so close. However, it is still possible to catch Sandefjord and that must be their motivation. It is very hard to explain why Bryne won by such margin at Jerv’s home ground.
The only explanation must be that Bryne had to win in order to still have a chance of survival in this league. The win brought them up on 26 points in 15th place which is the same amount of points as 14th placed KFUM Oslo as mentioned earlier. That makes this game very similar to Jerv’s last game, but a whole different performance is demanded by them in this game.
The situation is explained for both teams involved here and it should create motivation in both camps. KFUM Oslo can take get pass Ull/Kisa who is up against 4th placed Sandnes Ulf away from home. However, Jerv can also have a chance of gaining points on 2nd placed Sandefjord who is facing a 7th placed Strommen who needs three points to challenge the top six teams that are four points ahead. All in all, the excitement in this league is terrific at the moment, with all results possibly having an effect on each other. I believe in goals in this game as both teams need to be offensive if climbing the table should be an option. Over 2.5 goals seem valuable in this situation.