Sandefjord vs Sogndal by 20Legend
Sandefjord got relegated from Tippeligaen last season and is now preparing for a tough season in 1st Division this season. They have travelled to La Manga after taking a comfortable win in their last club friendly in Norway against Notodden (4-0) from 2nd Division.
Their coach Lars Bohinen was satisfied with the play that his team showed during the game as they mostly had control. Sandefjord took an early 2-0 lead as they enjoyed total control in the first 35 minutes, before letting Notodden a bit into the game. Sandefjord was able to take the pressure off in the second half as they added another couple of goals which made the result clear. Their offensive midfielder Kristoffer Normann Hansen had an amazing experience as he scored all four goals from his midfield-position which could be a nice weapon in the upcoming season. Sandefjord has also an interesting combination of players. Despite much of the players enjoyed their first meeting with Tippeligaen last season, several players with years of experience from Tippeligaen is to be found here as well. Peter Kovacs (Tromso, Viking, Odd, Stromsgodset, Sarpsborg 08), Erik Mjelde (Brann, Lillestrom), Havard Storbaek (Odd), Geir Ludvig Fevang (Haugesund), Lars Grorud (Brann), Kjell Rune Sellin (Rosenborg) and Kevin Larsen (Lyn, Tromso, Honefoss). They should therefore be one of the biggest favorites to get back up in Tippeligaen this season.
Sogndal managed to win 1st Division last season in an impressive way as well. It will be a whole different level to compete in this season for sure, and their last club friendly was a proof of what is coming for the newcomers in just about two weeks from now. Their last match was against Haugesund (0-3) who is an established club in Tippeligaen. Sogndal did give a good impression though as they were able to control the possession through most of the match, but they was not able to convert their chances. With two shots in the crossbar and a discussed offside-situation when getting one-on-one with the goalkeeper, things could have looked different for Sogndal. Haugesund was effective and more accurate when they got their chances and managed to get 0-2 quite fast. That resulted in some energy going out of the Sogndal players, which immediately led to Haugesund scoring 0-3 and won the game.
Both teams have their best players available at La Manga, but both teams will also have an important job to do at this training camp. The season is shortly here and the starting-lineups need to be settled soon in order to make the chemistry as good as possible. Sandefjord and Sogndal went different ways from last season, but should be two quite similar teams in my opinion. Sandefjord has and experienced team, while Sogndal has several local heroes with a hunger to show that they are good enough for the highest level in Norway. I expect chances both ways and pick over 2.5 goals as a result.