Stabaek vs Rosenborg by 20Legend
Stabaek is currently struggling in order to above the relegation zone that they are involved in. 5-6-11 has put the down on a 15th place with 21 points, but it is only two points up to the safe zone. Things have really been looking far better than in a long time recently with 1-2-0 from the last three games. The coach have brought in two strong names to his offensive line as Muhamed Keita and a previous legend at the club Alanzinho back to Nadderud.
That is two players who brings everything that Stabaek needs to the table with creativity, aggressiveness and the willingness to score goals. After winning the all-important game against Aalesund (3-0), Stabaek managed to take a nice point in their last match against Sogndal (1-1) away from home. It seems like both the fans and the players are experiencing a boost of motivation right now, which is perfect timing in terms of heading into the most decisive part of the season.
Rosenborg has ended all excitement about who is going to win the title as they are already 15 points ahead of the 2nd place. They are the best team in Norway by far at the moment, but their performance in Europe have still left the club a bit unsuccessful in terms of their own goals before this season started. Rosenborg had participation in Europe as their most important task this season, but the players failed when it counted the most against APOEL (5-1 on aggregate) during the CL-qualification.
The club was very disappointed, but it did not get any better when they also lost the EL-qualification against Austria Vienna (4-2 on aggregate) either. However, it leaves the club no other option than to doing their best for the remaining domestic games in both league and cup this season. Their last match against Tromso (3-1) showed no signs of slowing down on winning in Tippeligaen, as they extended their row to 16-5-1 this season. The positive news is that 1st keeper Andre Hansen (14 games) and striker Mushaga Bakenga (2/3) are both available after being injured some time. Winger Pal Andre Helland (14/3), left-back Jorgen Skjelvik (21/0) and winger Yann Erik da Lanlay (17/2) are missing out though.
It is no doubt on which team that needs the points tonight and I think that could open this game up for a real feast in terms of goals. Stabaek’s new signings gives them more capability upfront against a team that has already won the league. However, Rosenborg has the best squad in the league both offensively and defensively and the always score goals.
Their top scorer Christian Gytkjaer has 16 goals to his name and only needs one chance to succeed these days. I was attending the opposite meeting with these teams involved where Rosenborg grabbed an easy win (3-1). That is possible tonight as well, but Stabaek is in a slightly better condition compared to that match right now. I therefore pick over 3.5 goals here with an exciting game coming up.