FC Haugesund vs. Viking Stavanger / Tippeligaen – This Saturday and the 16th round of the strongest Norwegian league this brings us a match between two neighbours on the table, but the sixth Haugesund has one point less at the moment than a fifth Viking. As for the current form, Haugesund in two rounds played after the break made a victory and a draw, while the Viking after a series of three consecutive victories recorded a home defeat against Stromsgodset last weekend. We should also add that Viking in the first part of the championship celebrated at home with 3-2 over Haugesund, while last year both of their duels ended with an away win. Begins: 16.07.2016. – 15:30 CET
We should also add the fact that Haugesund has not celebrated over Viking at home in four years, so it is quite clear that they now have a huge incentive to finally stop this negative tradition against their rivals from Stavanger. Especially because they could thus finally surpass them again on the table after a long time, while they could also engage in the fight for positions that lead to Europe, since they are only four points behind the third Stromsgodset at the moment.
We should also mention the fact that Haugesund has not yet been defeated this season at home while they in seven matches played have the effect of four wins and three draws, and their last triumph was achieved two rounds ago when they with 2-1 celebrated over Start. After that, they also as guests played quite a good game in Tromso and finally recoded a draw (2-2), and thus only reaffirmed that they are in great scoring form. However, their defence continues to creak, so we expect that coach Dempsey return Skjerve to the last line, while only the injured midfielders Haraldseid and Maeland are out of action for this match.
Probable lineups FC Haugesund: Bratveit – Skjerve, Troost-Ekong, Myrestam – Bjorkkjjaer, Tronstad, Kiss, Hajradinovic, Stolas – Miljeteig, Agdestein
Unlike Haugesund which obviously benefited from this recent break, Viking has only in the first performance after the break managed to continue their great series and celebrate away against Molde with 1-0. But then they were last weekend defeated at home with 1-0 by Stromsgodset, and in this way, the difference between these two teams is now three points, but we could thus once again see that Viking is playing much better on the side than at home this season.
In fact, they are with five wins and just two defeats currently the best away team in the league, while they had significantly poorer performance at home, primarily because they have scored very little goals. However, they did not receive too much so it is already clear that coach Jonevret devotes a lot more attention to defence than attack, which actually now against Haugesund we also expect a quite defensive setting. Especially because the defender Danielsen has completed his suspension so he will be ready to perform in this match, while their central defender Soares is injured and striker Adegbenro is out of action because of yellow cards.
Probable lineups Viking Stavanger: Austbo – Danielsen, Jorgensen, Mets, Haugen – Kronberg, Ibrahim, Sverrisson – Bytyqi, Pedersen, Bringaker
FC Haugesund vs. Viking Stavanger PICK
This is a duel between two neighbours on the table, and also the third best attack (Haugesund) and fourth best defence in the league (Viking), which is why we have decided to give a priority to Haugesund, primarily because they have not yet felt the bitterness of defeat in seven home matches this season.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Haugesund
Odds: 1.70 at interwetten (down to 1.65 can be played)