Valerenga vs. Sogndal / Tippeligaen – The first match of the 16th round in the strongest Norwegian league brings us two teams from the lower part of the table, but the penultimate Valerenga currently has a large 10 points behind the ninth Sogndal. In addition, this returnee in elite rank is undefeated for eight rounds, while on the other hand the famous Valerenga is welcoming this match after a desperate series of two draws and four defeats. We should also add that their duel from the start of the season ended with a home win of Sogndal 1-0, which only continued the tradition from two years ago, when both of their championship duels ended with a triumph of the home team. Begins: 15.07.2016. – 19:00 CET
But now if the team from Oslo wants to continue this tradition, they definitely need to show a much better game than in the previous two rounds, in which they were first defeated with 1-0 by Odd, and then last week, they celebrated against Brann with even 4-1. We could already see then and there that they will miss their top scorer Brown in the rest of the season, who in this recent break of a month and a half, joined the ranks of China’s Shenzhen.
That is why the fans of Valerenga are urgently seeking from coach Rekdal to bring reinforcement in those offensive positions, given that it is already evident that the duo Abdellaoue-Omarsson cannot properly respond to the task. On the other hand, their bad game in defence is maybe it is a much bigger problem for Valerenga, which is also in some way connected with the absences of injured defenders Jaager and Gunnarsson, and recently experienced defender Waehler. But since they have no real alternative at the moment, they can only with the existing roster try to do a good job against Sogndal and finally come to points for salvation.
Probable lineups Valerenga: Sandberg – Lundstrom, Tollas Nation, Larsen, Lindkvist – Holm, Stengel, Berge, Zahid – Abdellaoue, Omarsson
Unlike Valerenga, which is currently in a big crisis, which in fact brought them in the relegation zone, Sogndal’s players have after the last series of three wins and five draws broken in the middle of the table and at this time have nine points more than team which is in the danger zone. In addition, after four consecutive draws in the last two rounds, they made two victories in a row, which has only confirmed that they made the most use of the recent break, especially when it comes to the offensive part of the team that in those two matches scored a total of five goals.
However, last weekend they also received three goals against Molde at home, but in the end they still celebrated with 4-3, so their coach Bakke can be very satisfied with what they have done so far in their comeback season among Norwegian elite. This all actually indicates that they will now against Valerenga play more openly, with the aim to achieve a goal more than their opponents, and therefore their starting composition should remain unchanged, especially because the performances of defender Grodas and midfielder Bolseth are still very questionable.
Probable lineups Sogndal: Dyngeland – Teniste, Patronen, Psyche, Raitala – Koomson, Sarr, Birkelund, Kjemhus – Sveen, Ramsland
Valerenga vs. Sogndal PICK
Of course, that we after two consecutive defeats now finally expect from the famous Valerenga to finally play according to their reputation, but since they will on the other side face a team that is recently playing very well, especially in attack, it is quite clear why we have at the end decided on a match with goals on both sides.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.71 at netbet (down to 1.65 can be played)