Norrkoping vs Hacken / Allsvenskan – One of the most interesting matches in the 13th round of the strongest Swedish league, which will be played on Sunday afternoon, brings us the third-ranked Norrkoping and eighth Hacken, which now has six points less. In addition, the team of Norrkoping is welcoming this duel after a great series of four wins and two draws, while it is a particularly interesting fact that they have achieved as many victories in the previous six duels with Hacken. Norrkoping vs Hacken begins: 15.07.2018. – 14:00 CET
Of course, all this suggests that Norrkoping’s footballers still apply for big favourites, especially since they have achieved five wins and only one defeat in six domestic matches this season. In addition, we have already stated in the introduction that they are in a great series of four wins and two draws, which, among other things, brought them in a situation to fight for the top of the table, because they have only two points less than the second Hammarby and three less than the leading AIK, which also has one match more.
However, these two mentioned draws have been achieved in the last two matches, in the difficult guest performances against the fourth Djurgarden and the already mentioned leader AIK, so now they have the opportunity to return to their winning habits on their home field, especially because they are welcoming their regular rival, Hacken. As for the situation with their team for this match, Thern should now return after his suspension, while midfielder Blomqvist is still injured.
Probable lineups Norrkoping: Pettersson – Dagerstal, Johansson, Fjoluson – Wahlqvist, Gerson, Thern, Thorarinsson – Karlsson, Holmberg, Skrabb
Unlike Norrkoping, which has been playing very well for some time in the championship, the team of Hacken was in the result crisis until the last round because they had a series of one draw and two defeats and one draw, but then played a very good match on their field and celebrated with a convincing 3-0 over Sundsvall. And how all this actually meant to them in terms of confidence, was confirmed by their recent performance in Europa League, where they in the first match of the first qualifying round celebrated as guests with 3-0 over Liepaja from Latvia.
That is why their coach Alm now hopes they could get a positive result against Norrkoping and thus finally this unpleasant series of six defeats in their mutual duels. However, their biggest problem are those games on the side, since they have suffered even three defeats in the last four away games, so now they have to be a lot more courageous if they want to score. We should also add that only striker Ojala is still out of action due to injury.
Probable lineups Hacken: Abrahamsson – Andersson, Lindgren, Wahlstrom, Arkivuo – Friberg, Faltsetas – Mohammed, Irandust, Paulinho – Kamara
Norrkoping vs Hacken PICK
Bearing in mind that Norrkoping had the same number of victories in their previous six duels with Hacken, it is quite logical that we expect the hosts to win this match, especially since the guests are a bit tired after their last week’s performance in the first qualifying round of Europa League.
Pick: Norrkoping wins
Odds: 2.25 for comeon (down to 2.10 can be played)