Stabaek vs Bodo-Glimt by 20Legend
Stabaek has been the biggest sensation so far in Tippeligaen and the guidance from manager Bob Bradley has really made them a top team in Norway. Stabaek is in 2nd place after 7-2-2 and 23 points, which is quite amazing from a team that was put together from scratch just before the season started. Their offensive players in Diomande (11/9), Asante (11/5) and El Ghanassey (9/0) have been torturing the defenders they have met with quick feet, assists and breathtaking goals. Stabaek come from another win last weekend against Sarpsborg 08 (0-1) which was as good as it was another surprise from them this season. It was a close game with a lot of chances both ways, but Stabaek was once again able to pull it off and take the three points. Diomande’s ninth goal of the season was all they needed, while keeper Mande Sayouba (11 games) kept another clean sheet. Their clean sheets are also why Stabaek is fighting among the top 3. They have been able to get clean sheet in seven of their eleven games so far, which is an impressive statistic for a team that was expected to be in the relegation zone ahead of the season. Midfielder Craig Henderson (0/0) is the only injury for the home team.
Bodo/Glimt has just been a sad story this season as they are still struggling about finding a way above the relegation zone. They played their best game of the season in the least round though, as they demolished the newcomers Mjondalen (5-1) at home. It was a much needed win for them and it was a game where we saw the kind of play that Bodo/Glimt is known for. Quick counter-attacks were the key word in that game and the team looked like they were getting a real boost of energy every time they received the ball. The crowd was off their seats and the whole city was getting a positive energy before the cup game that followed four days later. They met Tromsdalen from 2nd Division and were totally outplayed from start to finish. After being down 3-1 at half-time, Bodo/Glimt was no way near getting back into the game. Tromsdalen continued their performance and won the game 6-2 in the end, which knocked all the positive energy out of both the players and the fans of Bodo/Glimt. Defender Ruben Imingen (2/0) and midfielder Papa Alioune Ndiaye (11/3) are doubtful ahead of the game.
This should be a game where Stabaek should take their 8th win of the season. The curve of both form and confidence could not be any bigger. Stabaek is consistent this season and got 3-1-1 at home to show for, while Bodo/Glimt has never been confident away from home in a historical perspective. That trend is also clear this season with 0-2-3 away from home. Stabaek’s stadium has also natural grass surface which is not to the liking of Bodo/Glimt both as they play and train on artificial grass all year long. This is the last round in Tippeligaen before a small summer-break and Stabaek should be able to give their fans another good performance against a Bodo/Glimt without confidence. Stabaek has not been that confident when they have to dictate their own games instead of being the underdog, but it should be possible to cover the handicap for them in this match.