Posted by mightye (2017-03-18 11:20 CET)
Saturday 18.03.2017 Vålerenga - Sandefjord:
This game will be played at neutral ground, at Kadettangen (2.Division side Bærums home stadium). Artificial pitch. Both teams are using natural grass at their home stadiums.
Game start 16:00 CET.
Vålerenga has not been a easy team to predict the latest seasons. Ups and downs, come and gos, money in, money out. Some steady changes seem to be in the making for the 2017-18 seasons though.
Former Strømsgodset and Celtic manager Ronny Deila is now in full charge of the Oslo side, and they will have a new stadium ready for the second part of the 2017 season.
The talented midfielder Sander Berge has been sold to Belgian side Genk, while former Brann starlet Bård Finne (Att) has been signed from German side Heidenheim.
The key recepie for success must be to keep the former Hannover 96 and Stuttgart striker, Mohammed Abdellaoue (Att 18/7), clear of injuries though.
"Moa" has scored 7 goals in his 3 latest pre-season games, and seem finally close to 100% in front of the 2017 season.
Sandefjord have promoted to the top division in front of the 2010 and the 2015 season, with 4-4-22 in their latest attempt in Tippeligaen 2015, and 2-6-22 in Tippeligaen 2010.
They finished last in both attempts, and while Bohinens 3-5-2 tactics seem to work well against equal opposition in OBOS-Ligaen, they are lacking the quality to hold the same possession of the ball in the top division.
Øystein Øvretveit (Kee - Nest Sotra)
Joachim Solberg Olsen (Def - Mjøndalen)
El-Hadji Gana Kane (Def - Free transfer, former club SJK Seinajoki, Finland)
Thomas Kind Bendiksen (Mid/Att - Molde)
Flamur Kastrati (Mid/Att - Aalesund)
Anders Gundersen (Kee 7/0 - Loan deal expired)
Geir Ludvig Fevang (Mid 20/1 - Retired)
Martin Torp (Mid 2/0 - Ullensaker/Kisa)
Kjell Rune Sellin (Att 30/14 - Sandnes Ulf)
Sandefjord have lost 4 straight pre-season games, 1-3 IFK Gøteborg, 0-5 Tromsø, 0-1 Kristiansund, 0-1 Stabæk, and their top goal scorer Kjell Rune Sellin (30/14) signed for Sandnes Ulf earlier during pre-season.
39 year old veteran Peter Kovacs may still score some goals, and Sandefjord are in talks with 2.Div side Fram Larvik regarding their top scorer Naglestad, who may turn out to be a top goalscorer with time, but Sandefjord have only a couple of weeks left to the season premiere now.
Lars Grorud (Def), Alexander Gabrielsen (Def), Victor Demba Bindia (Def) and Pau Morer (Mid/Att) are not in the squad for this game.
Vålerenga - Sandefjord ended 2-0 in 2015.
Pre-season friendly between two sides I expect to fight in different part of the league.
Ronny Deila and his Vålerenga should be a medal contender, while Sandefjord are a clear relegation favorite imo.
Vålerenga are 4-0-1 in their latest friendlies, while Sandefjord have 4 straight losses.
Were only 2 weeks from the opening round of Eliteserien 2017, and even though nothing is certain in pre-season friendlies, I believe we will see a solid Vålerenga result today.
Pick: Vålerenga (-1.5 AH), 9/10 stakes, odds 3.26@Marathonbet. Good luck!
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