Viking vs Kristiansund by Isaiah
Viking comes from yet another defeat, this time last Monday evening away to Stromsgodset as their players failed to show any good performance in first sixty minutes suffering defeat with a 4:2 result. As it can be understood, players of Stromgdoset have entered the match much better and had the double lead after the halftime thanks to goals from Ulland-Andersen and Glesnes.
Their entrance into the second halftime was even worse, as the hosts scored twice more, both goals via Jradi, in 50th and 53rd minute. From that moment on, home side lowered the tempo a bit and Viking was able to reduce the defeat by responding via Bytyqi in 66th and Adegbenro in 80th minute. This was sixth consecutive game without a victory for Viking, as they remained at the rock bottom position with just five points earned so far - already seven less than safely placed sides.
Viking should be playing in some version of 4-2-3-1 formation with Appiah as central striker, plus Adegbenro, Ernemann and Butyqi as offensive midfielders. Hosts should have no absent players for this one. Defender Karol Mets is fit again and will be playing here.
Kristiansund, on the other side, comes from a point taken in front of own fans last weekend as the team had a draw 1:1 game against Sogndal last Sunday evening. They took the lead first, in 36th minute with a goal from Mendy and did deserved that lead at the halftime break.
However visitors were risking more at the start of the second halftime and it paid off to them, as they equalized in 58th minute via Schulze. Towards the end of the match, neither of the teams were actually willing to risk, in a game that could have finish way differently on some other day. The team is now at fourteenth position, having same number of points as some safely placed sides and with just a point taken so far on the road in five matches, this game surely will be a big test for them.
Visitors are set to play in classic 4-4-2 formation with Bamba and Stokke as forwards. Defender Erlend Sivertsen is long term absentee, while injured is also midfielder, Thompson Unachi Ekpe (1/0). Other midfielder, Kamer Qaka is back from suspension.
Viking surely has more potential than what they are showing and I'm quite positive they will be able to finally bounce back with a better performance. They can't wish for a better opponent since they will be playing against the worst travelers and it's kinda now or never situation for the hosts.