Tromso vs Sandefjord by Isaiah
Tromso couldn't do much more in their defeat last Sunday evening, as the team visited Molde and stood defeated 3:0, simply by giving resistance in the first halftime by defending, but then everything went wrong for them in the repetition as soon as they have conceded the first goal. Molde was just a bit better in the first halftime, however quality difference was obvious in second.
Hosts took the lead in 55th minute with a goal from Hussain, while Sigurdarson increased the lead in next attack, once again proving that Tromso's lineup is anything but defensively reliable. Players of Molde sealed the victory in 83rd minute via Brustad, while the impression is that they would get the victory anyhow on that day, one way or another. It was third consecutive defeat for Tromso in league, as the side previously lost at home to Valerenga. After thirteen rounds they are second from the bottom with thirteen points earned, but still just a point below safeley placed sides.
Midfielder Slobodan Vuk (2/0) and forward Thomas Lehne Olsen (11/2) are set as doubtful, while the hosts miss goalkeepers Otto Fredrikson and Filip Loncaric (both no performance so far), defenders William Frantzen (0/0) and Patrick Kpozo (2/0) and forward Runar Espejord (0/0) due injury problems. Home side should be lined up in some version of 4-4-1-1 formation with Ingebrigtsen as their central striker, plus Asen as offensive midfielder.
Sandefjord, on the other side, managed to break the poor run, as the team was getting into the previous round's game with four consecutive matches without defeat in Eliteserien, but responded well in a home game against Sarpsborg and managed to get narrow and surprising 1:0 victory against overall, probably at least a bit more quality opponent and a side that surely were favorites on that day.
Only goal was scored in 44th minute via Seck, just before the halftime break but must be said that it was completely deserved since the hosts looked much better in the first halftime, with the visitors trying to respond back in second, however without much of luck. Overall, it was a deserved victory for the home team. They are now at eleventh position, having just four points less than fourth placed Valerenga, but also just four less than second from the bottom Tromso and they surely still can't relax regarding the table situation.
Visitors continue to miss long term absentee midfielder Thomas Kind Bendiksen (didn't perform so far in the season). They will be lined up in 5-4-1 formation with Kastrati as central striker.
After a run of poor results, Sandefjord improved last weekend and won over decent opponent such as Sarpsborg. I expect them to continue in the same manner and walk away with something against Tromso as the season goes simply wrong for them in all aspects. Hosts have lost the confidence, are playing under pressure and I don't see them answering properly here.