Stromsgodset vs Viking by 20Legend
It is still four games to go, but a lot of things must go Stromsgodset’s way if a medal should be possible right now. Their loss against Bodo/Glimt (4-2) two weeks ago pushed them down to 8th place with 36 points. That leaves a gap of six points up to 3rd placed Odd which should be too much when thinking of the teams in between as well. The game against Bodo/Glimt was another performance were Stromsgodset collapsed completely after a good start.
They took the lead and kept it into halftime before going up to 0-2 just after the referee started the second half. However, the rest of the game was a total downhill after they had taken the lead. Bodo/Glimt did need the points desperately in order to stay away from the relegation zone and stole the show after 50 minutes was played. They used four minutes to equalize the score before also stealing the initiative to get all three points. Stromsgodset was overpowered by their aggressiveness and counter-attacks that gave results. Bodo/Glimt got a free kick in a dangerous position which Martin Bjornbak beautifully hammered the ball into the net with his “Ronaldo-style”. All nerves and doubt were left behind when Sascha Mockenhaupt scored his first goal for Bodo/Glimt in order to finish the score with 4-2.
It was stated last night that coach Bjorn Petter Ingebrigtsen has stepped down as coach because he needs time to recover from the heart attack he got back in June. The club has tried to give him time off, while his assistant Hakon Wibe-Lund has led the team some games. Ingebrigsten has come back twice while taking medications, but he has been out again because of different side effects.
Ingebrigtsen is now on sick leave until next year which has made him step down as coach for Stromsgodset. His assistant Wibe-Lund will therefore lead the team in the remaining four games of the season while the club tries to find a long-term replacement. Striker and top scorer Marcus Pedersen (18/8) is still unavailable due to an injury.
Viking is almost in the exact same positon as tonight’s opponent, but they have three more points and have the 7th place because of it. They have no problems on taking care of the rock bottom team Start (2-0) two weeks ago as expected. It was a strange scenario to watch as Viking seemed unfocused when getting the chances to score. Start knew their situation and tried to do their best, while Viking put on the cruise control after getting the lead after 27 minutes.
It was a shot by Andre Danielsen that deflected through Heikkila and hit the net, but Viking did not manage to take advantage of that lead. They tried several times before finally getting the important second goal after 67 minutes. On the other hand, Start was not able to challenge the score at all with only one chance to tell about. The score was important as it gives Viking a great opportunity to challenge at least 3rd placed Odd who is three points ahead.
Both teams are in quite a similar situation here as three points will be a ultimatum for having a chance at a medal. Viking is obviously better positioned with only three points up but has not managed to follow up their stamp as the best away team in the league lately. Only 0-1-2 will make it tough to keep up with the other well positioned teams, while Stromsgodset must almost do a quick-fix in order to challenge the teams ahead.
Their strong home form has suddenly taken a solid hit when it counts as most in the recent period with 0-3-1 in their last four games at Marienlyst Stadion. I think we should have a close game tonight as well with neither of the teams being in their best shape. The weather is getting colder and a long season soon comes to an end. It is naturally difficult for the mid-table teams to keep the motivation up compared to those who are either at the top or in the bottom half. Even with Stromsgodset’s collapses in mind, I do not think that Viking’s away form will make this a goal feast. I keep Stromsgodset as the slight favorites, but I think that under 2.5 goals seems to be the most valuable aspect.