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.

Bet: Under 2.5 goals @2.10 with Pinnacle
Result: 1-1 (won)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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  1. Punki says:

    I dont say it wont come, this is betting of course, different opinions, but for me to take under between teams who played with GG&3+ (both to score and over 2.5) 10 times from last 11 when Stromgodset was host, with 42 goals scored, it is a little bit unreasonable, although good luck to everyone

  2. 20legend says:

    punki: I respect your scepticism and you are free to take over 2.5 goals if you want. My point with under 2.5 goals is their current form. Both teams will be able to fight for a medal with a win tonight, but their current form does not give me a reason to take over 2.5 goals here.

    On the other side, I understand that my status as an editor is not a the highest right now, given my weak results over the past months, which is totally understanable. However, I still follow this league closely all year long and I feel that my predictions reflects that. However, Norwegian football is not the most predictable league in the world as the level is quite low compared to Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and so on. That brings surprising reults more often compared to other leagues with a higher level. My point is that I am happy to discuss my previews and I respect if people don’t follow or pick the opposite choice:)

    With that being said, my predictions are evaluated seriously before posting them here and is only a guidence from my point of view as one who follows Norwegian football closely. The same goes for my handball and hockey previews. I work hard on turning the recent bad months around, but you are all free to make your own opinions on what to place your stakes on:)

  3. Punki says:

    Hey bro, I follow you long time, and you have big respect from me on your tips. I followed your winning streak, of course that cant last forever it is betting, I followed your handball tips also and they were great, like I sad you have big respect from me… I just give my comment as it was strange to me to take that tip from all others, but your point is fair enough, match with big stake, maybe will be tight, however I wish you good luck, and dont bother with your current form, things get their place soon or later. Best regars!

  4. 20legend says:

    Great to hear, Punki! Things will turn as you say. Thanks a lot:)

  5. Dr.Nino says:

    2-0 final result

  6. ken says:

    Home win safe plus value 10 without win

  7. Fbombs says:

    This makes up for your Norway sanmarino loser. At ht 1-0. Looking good.

  8. Zemba says:

    Big up 20Legend for a marvellous tip!
    Many people criticised for your tip, although you defended it strongly!

  9. 20legend says:

    Thanks, Zemba. I’m motivated by your kind response:)

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