KFUM Oslo vs Sandefjord by 20Legend
KFUM Oslo has to be very proud of their performances so far this season given that they are a newly promoted team. 4-5-5 has given them 17 points which puts them in a current 11th place at the table. With that being said, it is a clear negative development among the newcomers at this point of the season. KFUM Oslo had their best game against Levanger (5-0) at home on May 22nd, but has produced 1-2-2 since then. After their last home game against Mjondalen (0-1), they got a point from Fredrikstad (1-1) last weekend.
They shocked Fredrikstad, who has struggled most of the season, but the home team got back up and equalized before halftime. Fredrikstad got most of the ball in the second half and created the biggest chances, but their accuracy was not good enough. KFUM Oslo had to change their tactics as the second half developed as the focus was on holding on to the draw. The team was compact and difficult to penetrate, but it also meant that they had nothing to attack with for the rest of the game. They have no important absences tonight.
Sandefjord was clearly relegated from Tippeligaen last season, but has really shown their level in OBOS-Ligaen this season. 10-2-2 has given them an amazing start to the season with 32 points and a 2nd place at the table. It is oncly 1st placed Kristiansund (33 pts) that can be measured to this team as it is already seven points down from Sandefjord to Levanger in 3rd place. After picking up eight consecutive wins they met a bump in the road away against Kongsvinger (1-0), before getting a draw against Kristiansund (0-0).
However, the players found back to the winning formula by taking a controlled win against Bryne in the following game (0-2). Their last performance was not as convincing though, but the players showed great character in order to seal the win against Jerv (3-2) last weekend. Sandefjord was in the lead twice with Jerv equalizing both times, which created an exciting finish to the second half. However, Sandefjord has several experienced players in the squad and the substitution of Peter Kovacs after 73 minutes had the vital impact that was needed. He only needed 12 minutes on the pitch in order to make it 3-2 and another important three points for his team.
It is exactly the depth and quality of the squad that had been desisive for Sandefjord this year. Combined with their coach Lars Bohinen’s offensive minded 3-5-2 formation, the team is always creating chances that give their offensive players plenty to work with in front of the opposition’s goal. Defender Victor Demba Bindia (14/0) is suspended due to yellow cards.
It is two teams with different arrows of form that faces each other tonight. KFUM Oslo has taken some surprising points this season, but the form is clearly going downwards at this point. Sandefjord got a rather lucky win last weekend, but they also have the margins that a promotion candidate always has. They are the best away team in the league (5-0-2) and the best squad in this league available.
Their recent upswing with two straight wins suggests that it should be very tough for KFUM Oslo to take points here. With 1st placed Kristiansund taking on a weakened 14th placed Ull/Kisa tonight, Sandefjord probably must have three points in order to follow them. The value on Sandefjord is clearly there in my opinion.