Lillestrom vs Stabaek by Isaiah
Lillestrom didn't manage to build up on their victory in front of own fans against Stromsgodset previous weekend, as the team took just a point in a 3:3 draw away to Sarpsborg last Monday evening. However, must be said that they should be satisfied with a point taken, since they managed to find a late equalizer via penalty kick taken just minutes before the full time whistle.
They have opened the game better and took the lead in 11th minute with a goal from Udoji, however hosts reacted well and managed to revert the scoreline via two goals from Heintz till the halftime. Players of Lillestrom stood playing with a man less when central back Amundsen got red carded, however were awarded for great fighting spirit and leveled up in 61st via Knudtzon. Even though Sarpsborg took the lead again in 73rd via Mortensen, guests deservedly equalizer again, via Melgalvis from penalty kick in 88th minute. this way they remained with just one defeat in last seven matches, currently sitting at tenth position and surely wanting to improve and continue their good streak even further.
Central defender Marius Amundsen (16/0) is suspended for this one, while doubtful remains other central back, veteran Frode Kippe (12/2).
Stabaek, on the other side, improved decently in previous couple of weeks, since the team comes from a 2:0 victory in front of own fans against Brann last Saturday evening. They made a great entrance into the match and took the lead already in second minute via Hanche-Olsen, while the visitors had more of the ball possession however hosts were way more concrete.
Victory got sealed in 60th minute when Omoijuanfo scored second, without their goal being much threatened later on. It was second consecutive victory for Stabaek (previous one away to Sandefjord), as the team have suffered four straight defeats before those two wins. The team is now at fifth position, having just three points less than second placed Brann and are surely in need of points ahead of this game so surely they will be playing open minded and attacking football as they usually do on the road.
Forward Franck Boli (no performance so far in the season anyway) is back to training sessions, however surely unfit to play already. No changes are expected in their side after a bit surprising victory last time out.
- Lillestrom have seen over 2.5 goals in 9 of their last 11 matches against Stabaek.
Both teams are coming in a really decent form here and with improved morale. Knowing that they both need points, but also that their offensive line is much more reliable than their defensive players are and with the fact that the hosts will need to change something in the heart of their defense, I can't see this game being low scoring one. Both teams to score and over goals will be my first choice.