Rosenborg vs Shaktyor Soligorsk by 20Legend
Rosenborg’s time in Spain is soon history, but one club friendly is what is left at Marbella. Rosenborg has got some good experiences from all their club friendlies so far with only one loss in five games so far (4-0-1). Their opponents has been both domestic (Byasen, Kristiansund and Odd) before heading down to Spain to face international teams (FC Copenhagen and FK Rostov). Their performance against FC Copenhagen (2-1) was really good in terms of testing their strategies and they played well. FC Copenhagaen was the better team and deserved another goal with their pressure towards the end, but Rosenborg was able to show defensive strength and kept it to a minimum loss by one goal. Rosenborg then faced FK Rostov (0-1) were they also played well defensively. The Russian team is currently in 2nd place in the league only three points behind 1st placed CSKA Moscow. However, that was not possible to see as Rosenborg did control the game. They got 0-1 goal through their midfielder Fredrik Midtsjo after 25 minutes and produced more chances as the game proceeded. However, they were not exact enough when it came to their finishing, and it seemed like the focus slowly turned into securing the win instead of risking more goals. Despite selling last season’s top scorer Alexander Soderlund and MVP Ole Selnaes to St.Etienne, they have also picked up some interesting youngsters in the young left-back Alexander Gersbach form Sydney FC and the winger Elba Rashani on loan from Brondby. They have also brought the winger Riku Riski back from loan in Dundee United. Riski was brought back due to the current injury-situation with left-back Mikael Dorsin, midfielder Jonh Hou Saether and midfielder/winger Andreas Helmersen being unavailable at the moment.
After starting the games against FC Copenhagen and FK Rostov, their coach Kare Ingebregtsen is now ready to make several changes to his starting lineup. His though is to let some of the younger talents as left-back Alexander Gersbach, midfielder Magnus Stamnestro and winger Elba Rashani to show themselves before thinking about the starting lineup against Odd in the season-premier. 2nd keeper Pavel Londak will be starting. In addition the winger Riku Riski will go straight into the lineup after arriving in Marbella on Saturday evening. The lineup will be as follows (4-3-3 formation):
Londak – Svensson, Bjordal, Skjelvik, Gersbach – Stamnestro, Konradsen, Midtsjo – Rashani, Vilhjalmsson, Riski
Shaktyor Soligorsk is a team that usually plays their game in Belarus in the Vysshaya Liga. They finished in 3rd place last season, but are currently in a pre-season after playing their last official match back in November. They have already met two strong opponents at Marbella with Amkar which they lost 1-0 and against the Norwegian team Stromsgodset which they lost 2-0. Their last game against Stromsgodset is a good team to compare to Rosenborg in terms of level. Stromsgodset controlled the game, but did not manage to get a goal in the first half. However, a goal by Oyvind Storflor after 60 minutes and by Thomas Sorum in stoppage time made it a quite easy 2-0 win. Shaktyor is very strong defensively in their own league with just 27 goals conceded in 26 games last season. They base their play on that strictness, but it does not hold so well against more unpredictable teams outside Eastern Europe that they cannot compare to.
An opponent like Rosenborg will be interesting in my opinion as their offensive 4-3-3 formation will create the same pressure that Stromsgodset did. With the youngsters also getting a chance of showing themselves, I think that Rosenborg will eager to score here. Shakhtyor has been showing quite good defensive qualities so far, but they have not managed to score yet at Marbella. The chance could be there as Rosenborg clearly has changed their whole lineup and younger plyers are getting their chances. I believe in over 2.5 goals in this last friendly for Rosenborg.