Ostersunds vs Goteborg by Sweem
They are doing their second ever season in Allsvenskan and have just won their first ever trophy - Ostersund, have made a big statment within Swedish football by winning the domestic cup, and now aiming to become a competitive side for the Allsvenskan title as well. They will also have a chance to qualify for the Europa league this summer, which is incredible for such a young club.
They are perfectionists at what they believe in - short passing, fast paced possession football. They have done this since the club was in the lowest of divisions, and this is something that coach Graham Potter has implemented ever since joining when the club was an amateur start-up club. They have developed visions, and their chairman is very outspoken - they dare to be different, and have won a lot of popularity in Sweden for their honesty, and mainly their unique style of play - Ostersund have grown into being a very respected team and feared on the pitch.
The hosts are 11-1-3 at home in their last 15 competitive matches at home. Their record as travellers is much worse, so clearly Ostersund are a typical home side. Domestic experts have called this team "the best team in Sweden when getting to full capacity" and this is about a team who are making their second season in Allsvenskan, in their history. It is a bold statement, but clearly, Ostersund are one of the most feared teams to play against, especially in their own stadium which is located way up north, on an artificial turf.
For the hosts, midfielder Hosam Aiesh (2/1) is a doubt. In other words, they will be able to field a very competitive side.
Goteborg is one of the most successful teams in Sweden, historically - but had to embrace their disappointment after only managing a 1-1 draw at home versus new comers AFC Eskilstuna. They have been mentioned as competitors for the title, but do not really possess the endurance to be in the race. They are now making the 600 km long trip up north, in what will be a windy battle in 0-3 degrees celcius, against a very confident home side.
Goteborg themselves have issues to address concerning their own performances, and especially the latest one, where they did not convince and deservely dropped two valuable points at home. They have clear weaknesses when it comes to creativity, and unlock a compact opponent. The character of the team is based on a hard working unit, who are tough to face on set pieces, but when it comes to open play - these teams are like day and night - Ostersund being the far more comfortable team with the ball and the movement.
Coach Jorgen Lennartsson is relatively old fashioned, and perhaps does Goteborg need some new air in their leadership to become more competitive. He has been in charge since 2014, but have not really taken Goteborg to being a competitive top side on a constant level. This is the general perception of their current status as a team - as noticed, there are not many positives being said, or surrounding the club. Wing back Scott Jamieson (2/0) is questionable for the visitors.
This will be a battle which will be dominated in all key areas by Ostersund - they will have the ball the most, and will dictate and decide the pace. Goteborg's main task is to remain organized and not allow any space for the creativity of Ostersund when they attack and play their possession game outside the penalty area. It sounds easy to defend against but there is a reason why Ostersund have such a strong home record. With the current standing of both teams, and based on who has gotten the best out of their philosopy, Ostersund is a tempting pick in my opinion. Add the fact that Goteborg are not specialists on artificial turf, this will be even harder for the visitors.