Stromsgodset vs. Aalesund / Tippeligaen – This last match of the round is not a big derby, because it is played between the host Stromsgodset which is clearly a favourite and it is confirmed by their place on the table. They were fourth before this round, while Aalesund is in the bottom of the table and the relegation zone is very close. A common thing for these two teams is that they have a weak effect away, while both teams recorded only one win and a draw, with four defeats. Stromsgodset is better in everything else and therefore they have 11 points more. In the last five matches, Stromsgodset has made three wins and two defeats, and Aalesund in the same period recorded only one win, with two draws and a defeat. Home ground is a great advantage in their mutual clashes last season and there were no away wins or draws, while the last time that Aalesund celebrated on this stadium was in 2008. Begins: 04.07.2016. – 19:00 CET
Stromsgodset is the current vice-champion and it is their commitment that they this season end up at the top of the table. For now, things are looking good and before this round they were in fourth place, with enviable efficiency, while their defence was the worse part of the team. Stromsgodset is invincible at home and they only played one draw, with six wins and 18 goals scored already. They are having problems when playing away and they only have one victory, while they achieve one goal on average.
In the last round they played a derby against the second-ranked Odd Skien and they were defeated with 2-1, which marked the end of a positive series of three wins, or all three at home, with the proviso that one was achieved in the Cup where they reached the quarter-finals .We need to especially mention a victory over Valerenga two rounds ago, because they were half an hour before the end losing with 2-0, but in the end they still celebrated with 3-2. Goals were scored by two players that started on the bench, so their coach Ingebretsen made some changes and Keita was a starter instead of Storflor. In the last round Junior received a red card and cannot play in this duel, just like Abu and Hoiland because of yellow cards.
Probable lineups Stromsgodset: Pettersen – Vilsvik, Hoibraten, Valsvik, Parr – Boateng, Moen, Storflor, Keita – Nguen, Pedersen
Aalesund finished in the middle of the table last season, while they are not doing so good in this one, and they are close to the relegation zone. This particularly applies to their away matches, where they managed to score only twice when they were not in front of their fans, which is the weakest performance in the league, even though these two goals were enough to win four points. They are particularly bad lately and they only mastered Bodo / Glimt two rounds ago, away, and while they can also boast with a very convincing home win over Tromso with 6-0, but that was in April.
Just after that they started a negative series of five games without a win, while they were not defeated in the last three duels. In the last round they played a draw with Valerenga (2-2), although they had the lead twice. Coach Fredriksen has after their first away win made two changes in the composition, in which there were not the suspended Arnason and Carslen, while now Arnason returns on the right back.
Probable lineups Aalesund: A.Lie – Arnason, Skagestad, O.Lie, Kirkesov – Gyasi, Larsen, B.Riise, Hoff – Thrandarson, Boli
Stromsgodset vs. Aalesund PICK
Even though the hosts are having problems with absences, they need to dominate in this game, because they are at home, where all their opponents were in a subordinate position. So we expect the same for Aalesund, which has a bad effect when playing away and they are having problems with achieving goals.
Pick: Asian Handicap -1.5 Stromsgodset
Odds: 2.02 at bet365 (down to 1.92 can be played)