Lillestrom vs Stromsgodset by Isaiah
After a international break Lillestrom responded well with a narrow 1:0 home victory two weeks ago against Viking as they recorded fifth consecutive official victory and third in a row in Eliteserien, however couldn't build up on that and impress on the road last weekend when they visited Valerenga and suffered 3:1 defeat.
Truth to be told, they opened up the match in a great way, taking the lead in 13th minute with a goal from Krogstad, however once the home team was behind in the scoreline they showed much more passion and determination, managing to revert the scoreline already in the first halftime via goals from Zahid in 24th minute and Abdellaoue three minutes later. Just after the restart, Finne managed to double up their lead and write final 3:1, while the visiting side tried to do something more, however without much of dangerous situations in front of Valerenga's goal. Lillestromg is now at eleventh position, but with only two points more than relegating worried Stromsgodset and it's obvious that this match is really important for them.
Lillestrom is set to play in 4-4-2 formation with two forwards, most likely Udoji and Knudtzon. Offensive Erling Knudtzon is back from suspension and should be involved from the first minute, while veteran defender Frode Kippe (12/2) remains doubtful and will have to pass late fitness test.
Stromsgodset, on the other side, continued with their generally poor performances, as the team comes from just a point taken at home against Molde last Monday evening in a 1:1 game. It was their third consecutive game without a victory in Eliteserien, having only one three pointer in last nine rounds (against Viking at home late in May).
Their match against Molde wasn't that interesting as the guests looked more concrete in the first halftime and deservedly took the lead in 38th minute via Sigurdarson, while the hosts replied in the second part, leveling up the result in third minute of repetition with a goal from Ulland-Andersen. No doubt that the players of Stromsgodset looked better in the second halftime, however neither of the teams were really willing to risk towards the end of the clash. The side remains at fourteenth position having just a point more than relegating placed Tromso and just a point less than safely placed Kristiansund, knowing that this match is really important to them.
Visitors are set to play in some version of 4-4-1-1 formation with Tagbajumi as central striker, but also with the help of Nguen just behind his back. Iranian goalkeeper Sosha Makani (1/0) has returned to his homeland for personal reasons. Striker Marcus Pedersen (12/1) won't be playing here due suspension, same as offensive midfielder Bassel Jradi (14/3).
After defeat away to Valerenga, Lillestrom needs to respond with a better performance and there is no doubt that the players are fired up to show their best. On the other side, Stromsgodset is in a bad period now, but surely have plenty of individual quality and deserve much better position than current relegating spot, so they enter the match knowing that a point won't be enough. I expect overall a very open minded game from both sides, hopefully ending with more than just a couple of goal scored and I strongly believe these odds still do have value.