Stabaek vs Tromso by 20Legend
After two straight defeats against Odd (1-2) and Rosenborg (0-1) it seems impossible for Stabaek to take the title. With 11 points up to Rosenborg, they must now change their focus into holding on to their 2nd place, as several teams are coming from behind. Stabaek arrived at Lerkendal Stadium last weekend with a lot of passion and hope on taking all three points against the leaders. The 1st half was not involving the biggest chances, but both teams presented their hunger for three points, as they created some chances each. The 2nd half was dominated by Rosenborg from start to finish. Stabaek did not coupe with the change in tempo from Rosenborg and it resulted in two changes after around 60 minutes played. The changes did not make any difference as Rosenborg continued creating big chances. It was only because of some super saves by their keeper, Sayouba, that kept Stabaek in the game for so long. Their only chance in the 2nd half came within the last three minutes as they finally had the courage to counter attack. Unfortunately for them, the effort was saved on the line via the crossbar and the air went out of the balloon for Stabaek at that moment. It was probably some of the reason for weak marking on the corner which led to the 1-0 goal for Rosenborg in stoppage time. They gave up to soon, but it was nothing to say on Rosenborg winning the game, having dominated with big chances for the entire 2nd half.
Defender Ville Jallasto (23/2) and midfielder Cole Grossman (22/4) are missing through suspensions, while their homecoming son Anthony Annan can finally make his re-debut, even if he could lack some match fitness.
Tromso is fighting for their survival in the other end of the table and had a vital match against Mjondalen (0-0) last weekend. They failed to deliver the result that was needed and it looks more difficult in the relegation zone at the moment. Tromso had all the chances in the world to take home the three points, but they did not have either the skill or the margins to make anything out of it. Mjondalen produced only one real threat to the goal after 60 minutes played, which says a lot about which team dominated. Tromso has still 19 points which puts them in 14th place at the table, with one point up to Mjondalen (13th) who has the safe-spot. Their problem is now all the tough opponents that are waiting in the remaining rounds. Even if it is only one point up to the safe-spot, the obstacles like Stabaek, Molde, Viking, Haugesund and Sarpsborg 08 are going to be tough to compete against. Another problem is that four of the remaining seven games is away from home, which is not Tromso’s biggest strength this season either as 1-2-8 has been the facts so far.
Defender Simen Wangberg (22/0) and midfielder Thomas Kind Bendiksen (6/0) are both doubtful ahead of tonight’s game.
Both teams have something to play for tonight, but Stabaek should be the strongest team and take all three points. Even if the title is gone, they can still take a 2nd place which neither of the experts or the people in Norway had thought would be possible at the start of the season. It is all about keeping focused for them in the remaining games. With Tromso’s terrible form away from home, it should be too tough to get something tonight as well.