Djurgarden vs Norrkoping:
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK
Venue: Tele2 Arena (Stockholm)
A struggling Djurgarden IF look for swift improvements when they restart their Swedish Allsvenskan campaign by hosting title hopefuls Norrkoping at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm on Saturday afternoon.
Djurgarden went into the break after suffering defeats in 4 of their last 5 matches. They are at 10th position in the Allsvenskan table with 15 points from 12 matches; 12 points drift from the league leaders Malmo. They had won 5 and lost 7 matches so far; all of the 7 defeats coming from their last 9 games.
The defending champions Norrkoping are currently second in the standings with 24 points from 12 matches, 3 points behind Malmo. They lost in just 2 matches whole season, winning 7 and drawing 3. They had a real chance to overtake Malmo before going into the break, but were held to draws in the last three matches. However they remain unbeaten in the last 7 games and will be desperate to restart the campaign with a win.
Djurgarden vs Norrkoping: Head-to-Head Stats
These two are evenly poised in head-to-head stats as Djurgardens won 10 games out of the last 27 meetings, against Norrkoping’s 9, while 8 matches were draws.
Norrkoping had lost just once in the last 8 visits to Djurgardens, winning 3 and drawing 4.
Djurgardens’ home record against Norrkoping in the last 13 matches in all competitions read 4 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses.
The teams last met in a friendly this year in March, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
In the two league fixtures of last season, Djurgarden were held to a 1-1 draw at home, while Norrkoping won the return fixture 4-2.
Djurgarden vs Norrkoping: Prediction
Norrkoping are on a moderate away form with 2 draws, 2 wins and 2 losses from 6 games so far this season. They are unbeaten in the last three away matches with a win and 2 draws, however the last two were draws. One of their major problems in earning full points on the road is their inability to keep clean sheets. Also they had kept a clean sheet only once in 6 away games so far this season.
The hosts Djurgardens are on a real struggle and they are a pretty inconsistent side. They are rightly at the bottom half of the table and much of their issues this season is due to a poor defense. The team which lost 7 of their last 9 matches has conceded 17 goals in the process, scoring 9. Also their recent record against the defending champions is nothing to write about and expect Norrkoping to get something out of this match.
Both teams are vulnerable in defense and I will be backing both teams to score in this fixture. I expect Norrkoping to win this comfortable and back them to score at least 2 goals here.
- Both Teams to Score @ 1.57
- Norrkoping to win and over 2.5 goals @ 4.50
- Double Chance – Norrkoping/Draw @ 1.55