Frisk Asker vs Sparta Sarpsborg by 20Legend
Frisk Asker (26-12-3) managed to get the vital win against Storhamar (3-2) in what was a game with several chances both ways. Storhamar got the best start by getting the lead already eight minutes into the first period which was close. Frisk Asker then managed to turn the game around in the second period with two quick goals midway. The last period was quite nervous for both teams, but Frisk Asker managed to get a 3-1 lead after a shorthanded goal after just four minutes. Storhamar did manage to answer midway through the half though with a power play goal and was pushing for the equalizer. The game went back and forth, but neither of the teams managed to score as Frisk Asker prioritized to defend the score until the end. They are now in 4th place with 76 points in 41 games with 121:98 on goal difference.
It was a vital match for both teams as Frisk Asker (4th) and Storhamar (6th) was fighting for the 4th place in that game. Storhamar had to win in order to have a chance, but Frisk Asker made themselves a nice gap down to 5th place Valerenga (71 pts) and kicked Storhamar (68 pts) out of the fight for taking over their spot at the table. They have now only one point up to Sparta Sarpsborg, who is their opponent this afternoon.
Sparta Sarpsborg (26-11-4) is 3rd at the table with only a point in front of today’s opponent. After being fantastic all season long, it has been some bumps in the way after Christmas which disconnected them with 2nd placed Lorenskog (86 pts). Sparta has actually four losses from their latest five games, with only the smashing of rock bottom Kongsvinger (7-1) to show for. They are a team that has a great offense as it is just the league leaders Stavanger Oilers (161 goals) that has scored more goals than themselves (152 goals). Unfortunately, they are also the top team that definitively concedes the most goals (125) which is some of the explanation of why they have struggled lately. Their games are often involving a lot and three of their four losses have gone over 6.5 goals during their current bad streak. They must find a way back to their winning recipe in order to not lose their 3rd place to Frisk Asker, but it seems hard to do that in this match.
It is another important game for both teams here as it was the last time Frisk Asker played against Storhamar. That match ended with five goals, but it should easily have gone past the 5.5 goal mark as the opportunities were clearly there. Frisk Asker and Sparta Sarpsborg’s latest two meetings have ended with seven goals and I am picking goals today as well. Unibet is offering 1.63 at five goals, which I find good enough as you will get the money back if the match finishes with five goals exactly. However, I cannot see why this match should not go over 5.5 goals. Both teams need the win and Sparta Sarpsborg normally concedes a lot. Sparta is the leaders of how many games that have gone over 5.5 goals this season with 27 of 41 games. Frisk Asker’s games do not go over 5.5 goals that often as 16 of 41 games have gone over that line. However, I think that the line of at least five goals should be expected all day long in this match as it counts a lot for both teams.