In the first head-to-head meeting AIK was totally dominating in the match against Hafnarfjordur. Swedish club had a huge advantage in ball possesion, also they made 5 shots on target while the guests only made one, also AIK added 9 shots off target, Hafnarfjordur had 5 shots wide. AIK also had lead in corners 8 against 2. In that match it was easy to see the difference between the classes but the problem was that AIK players probably were expecting things to go more easy and were not ready for the match. No they probably learned the lesson and I expect to see some improvement in AIK's form. Also must mention Hafnarfjordur were lucky to keep a clean sheet in the first half as their goalkeeper made some great saves. Hard to believe Hafnarfjordur will have two perfect matches in a row so I predict a win for AIK.
Admira played well when they visited Zalgiris a week ago and didn't stay in defense only. They attacked a lot and managed to score once so the match ended with the score 1-1. Admira finished the match with 7 shots on target and 6 shots off target. They created pretty big number of chances and should create even more when playing at home. In upcoming match it will be Zalgiris that will have to look for the goal as 0-0 is not good for them because they conceded at home. Visitors will pay more attention to offense and so I believe this might create even better chances for Admira to dominate in attack. This team showed good football in the first match and should take a convincing win when playing in front of their fans
After a 1-1 draw at Twente in UEFA Europa League qualification Inter Turku coach Job Dragtsma said that "Defensively that was the best game we have played in my time here". Inter Turku surprised taking the lead in the first half and defended well. They didn't forget about the offense also and the offense will be even stronger when they will play at home. Recently Inter Turku recorded 2-0 win against defending champion HJK in Veikkausliiga, 3-2 win against Jyvaskyla so their form at home is really impressive - 7 wins and no losses after 9 rounds played. Inter Turku will be strongly motivated to win and reach the next stage of the competition and I believe at home they have chances so I suggest to choose home win here.
Norrkoping and Djurgarden have met just a week ago and that match ended with the score 1-1. Still this was an attacking match and both sides had big number of chances to score. Teams combined 14 shots on goal in that match but converted only two. It might be that we will see another attacking game when teams now will meet in Norrkoping. Norrkoping at home is doing well in offense and scored 14 goals in seven matches. Djurgarden usually struggles in away games. They are without a single win on the road yet this season and looks not so good in defense but usually managed to find the net also. So looks like we will see both sides scoring in upcoming round and so I choose OVER.
Lillestrom is not the team that can be proud about how they play in defense this season. They stand among the worst clubs in the league and hold one of the worst defenses with 27 goals allowed in 15 rounds. Recently there were 4 goals allowed at Stabaek, 3 against Sandnes and Fredrikstad, 4 against Bodo/Glimt in Cup match. Rosenborg should simply dominate against such a weak defense and attacking-minded club should score big number of goal. Still it will not be such a big surprise to see the guests adding a goal as in the latest matches they improved a little. Lillestrom recorded two wins against Fredrikstad and Tromso and scored 4 goals in each of the matches! So I expect both sides to find the net and high scoring match is very probable here.
The difference between the classes was obvious when these teams have met a week ago and it was Malmo that recorded 2-0 win. When comparing the stats it's easy to see the difference. Malmo had a full control of the match and had a ball possesion of 57%. They made 20 shots in that match while GAIS only managed to make 4 shots and just a single one on target. Malmo created much more dangerous attacks and had a lead in corners also - 10-3. GAIS one again showed they are especially weak in offense and so far they hold the worst offense in the league with only 11 goals after 15 matches. Malmo is among the best in this category and this advantage might decide a winner in today's game.
Odd Grenland will be looking to forget a huge 2-6 loss they suffered when visiting Brann a week ago. Still this will not be an easy task to achieve as in the upcoming round they welcome the current league leader Stromsgodset. Odd Grenland recently had big problems in defense as they comceded 13 goals in last 4 matches played. This promisses good chances to score for Stromsgodset as this is the team leads the league with 32 goals scored and even on the road is averaging almost two per match. Once again I wait for a solid performance from them with more than one goals scored. Still Odd Grenland is dangerous in attack at home also, they scored in last 6 home games in a row and should add a goal also and summing up, OVER is my prediction.
Alta is coming from a 0-4 loss at Start and this was their 9th match in a row when Alta failed to win in the First Division. After such terrible run Alta dropped to the bottom of the table with just a single win in 13 rounds. Defense is the reason of such results as even at home they allow 2 goals per average match. Still they also score almost the same number and that is why it's very probable to see high scoring match when Alta plays at home. Ranheim's matches on the road also ends with a big number of goals - 3.3 on average. Interesting fact is that 8 Ranheim's matches from last 10 played ended with three or more goals. I expect these teams to combine big number of goals again.
Despite a not so high possition in the league Brann holds the second best offense that is especially dominating in home matches - 20 goals in 8 home games. Brann capabilities were easy to see in the latest round when they scored 6 goals against Odd Grenland. So far their main problem remains defense that has conceded 24 goals - the highest number among top 10 clubs in Eliteserien. Aalesund looked well in offense in latest couple of matches, they scored 3 goals against Fredrikstad, also in the first head-to-head meeting with Brann they found the net twice so I wait for goals from them again. Can imagine Brann failing to score at home so we should see goals from both sides and high scoring match is very probable.
In this match even AIK could score more than twice and Hafnarfjordur is not the team that looks solid in defense even in Iceland. In last 4 matches in a row they conceded twice or more! AIK, that is averaging almost two goals in Sweden should take a use of such defense and their strikers are expected to dominate in the match.
submitted on 19 Jul. 2012 18:44 (Thu)
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