Brann vs. Aalesund / Tippeligaen – Two unequal rivals will face each other in the first match of the 17th round of strongest Norwegian football league, given that Brann currently occupies high fifth place in the standings and has even 14 points more than 14th positioned Aalesund. Besides, Brann, although returnee in the elite league had won Aalesund in the first part of season as guest by 2-1, which was continuation of tradition from two seasons ago when it won both their head-to-head in the championship. Begins: 22.07.2016 – 19:00 CET
In accordance with what we have just said, in ranks of the home team again expect a sure victory over this season feeble Aalesund, which is a not so good series of two draws and two defeats. On the other hand, Brann won four points in last two rounds; after victory at home over Valereng 4-1 and draw away with Stabaek 1-1. We need to stress here that at home Brann has six wins and just one draw.
However, not so good results away have cost them better position than current fifth place, although they have just six points fewer than second positioned Odd, while leading Rosenborg currently has 10 points more. Regarding the team that will play this match against Aalesund, the only changed compared to previous two matches should be return of recovered defender Kristiansen, while the rest of the team should remain the same as they played well, both in defence and attack.
Probable lineups Brann: Leciejewski – Nouri, Acosta, Demidov, Kristiansen – Barmen, Nilsen, Skaanes – Vega, Orlov, Braaten Omarsson
Unlike Brann which is currently in a fairly good shape this match comes for the guests from Aalesund after a series of two draws and two defeats, which among other things has taken them to the edge of the drop zone, where they have just one point more than penultimate Valerenga, while the last placed Start has six points fewer than Aalesund. True, right in previous round this team had made a good result when it drew at home with leading Rosenborg, while before that they suffered heavy defeats away to Stromsgodset 4-2 and Odd 4-1.
In all that coach Fredrikson can find solace in somewhat better performances of his forwards, while on the other had the defence obviously has more and more problems so it was no surprise as he in the last match had sent on the pitch goalkeeper Cramer and stopper Gretarsson instead of twins Andreas and Oddbjorn Lie. Now, he has problem with absence of two forwards, Gyasi and Boli, who got second yellow card, so Mos and Thrandarson will cover those positions, while at the same time experienced Riise is back in the midfield after expiration of suspension.
Probable lineups Aalesund: Cramer – Arnarson, Skagestad, Gretarsson, Kirkeskov – Riise, Hoff, Carlsen, Larsen – Mos, Thrandarson
Brann – Aalesund PICK
Even if they don’t have problems with absence in attack the guests from Aalesund can hardy parry to this season very good Brann, so now they definitely have nothing to hope for against the best home team in the league.
Pick: Brann wins
Odds: 1.62 at bet365 (down to 1.57 can be played)