Haugesund vs Stromsgodset, Norway Eliteserien,
Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021, Kick-off 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Haugesund Stadion.
Haugesund will be looking to rebound from an embarrassing cup defeat to lower-division Stord. They play host to mid-table rivals Stromsgodset as Norwegian Eliteserin returns to action on Wednesday.
Haugesund shockingly dropped a two-goal lead in the weekend’s NM Cupen tie against Stord.
The lower-division side forced the tie into penalties where they managed to beat the in-form top-flight opposition and create one of the biggest upsets of the round in Norwegian Cup.
It will be very interesting to see how Haugesund’s players will react after such a failure.
They have been enjoying a fine spell of form at the start of the 2021 Eliteserien campaign.
The team led by Jostein Grindhaug boast the best defensive record in the elite class. They conceded only 11 goals in the opening 12 games of the season.
Haugesund have been particularly impressive on the home patch, winning five and drawing one of six league outings in their own backyard so far. They’ve shipped no more than three goals along the way.
The home court advantage generally plays a massive factor for Stromsgodset as well. The visitors are yet to pick up their inaugural win on the road this season.
They took only two points from six league matches away from home and have a dismal goal difference of 4-16.
Haugesund vs Stromsgodset Head-to-head
Stromsgodset could rely on tradition going into this match as they’ve lost only 9 of 36 matches against Haugesund.
Haugesund are winless in the last four head to head encounters, despite scoring two goals in each of these four matches.
This matchup was a synonym for goals in the last couple of years. Each of the last four H2H games between these two teams saw at least four goals scored (with the option of both sides scoring included).
Haugesund vs Stromsgodset Prediction
Despite their poor away form, Sandefjord have both tradition and momentum on their side ahead of this clash. The visitors eased past Honefoss 0-2 on Sunday. It was the fifth consecutive match without a defeat for Stromsgodset (they lost only one of the last eight outings across competitions).
It is thus very hard to back the home win at the 1.85 odds here (although Haugesund’s home record suggests it). We will rather focus on the both teams to score option at the odds of 1.70, knowing that the hosts failed to keep a clean sheet in four successive outings in all competitions.
Haugesund vs Stromsgodset Betting Tips
Both Teams To Score @ 1.70 odd
Draw @ 3.60 odd.