Sirius vs Halmstad by Isaiah
Sirius had a great chance to walk away with something last Monday evening, but the team failed to present themselves in a bit better manner, losing out to Orebro with a 2:1 result. Their hosts looked better and were concrete during the match, surely deserving the victory, but the players of Sirius also had their own chances to make the game much more interesting.
Hosts took the lead in 32nd minute with a goal from Igboananike, however visitors missed penalty just before the halftime whistle. Players of Orebro doubled up the lead in 57th via Martensson, while Arvidsson reduced the deficit in 88th minute for the final result. This was third consecutive game without a victory for Sirius, as the side previously had two draws, being now at eight position with just couple of points less than European placed sides. In order to improve atmosphere, a victory here is a must for them.
Central defenders Johan Eiswohld (6/0) and Daniel Jarl (7/0) are injured, same as forwards Christer Gustaffson (9/3) and Ante Bjorkebaum (5/0), all four without performing in previous weeks. Midfielder Stefano Vecchia is doubtful coming from injury.
Halmstad, on the other side, also suffered defeat last time out, as the team went down to Norrkoping on the road with a 3:2 result. Must be said that their hosts were better, however players of Halmstad didn't disappoint at all and needed to be just a bit more concrete in order to get away with something from the match.
Hosts took the lead in 12th minute with a goal from Holmberg and visitors replied in 24th via Olsson. Poor entrance into the second halftime cost a lot the visiting side, as the players of Norrkoping reached the double lead easily, with goals from Barkroth and Holmberg again in first six minutes of the repetition, while the guests only reduced via an own goal towards the end of the game. The side is still inside the relegation zone, being just two points below rock bottom placed Eskilstuna and need points here badly.
Defensive midfielder Alexander Arvidsson and left midfielder Simon Silverholt are out, however both anyway without performing so far in the season.
Sirius probably had a bit better entrance into the season than what their actual potential is, but the team still remains favorite against Halmstadt. However, visitors did improve in attack and coming here with close to nothing to lose, I'm sure that they will attack sooner or later. Both teams to score seems like such an obvious outcome.