Haugesund vs Valerenga
Date: Sunday, 18 July 2021
Kick-off 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Haugesund Stadion.
Haugesund are looking for their fifth straight home victory on Sunday when they take on Valerenga in the 13th round of Eliteserien.
The Haugesund Stadion has been a fortress to conquer in the first third of the 2021 Eliteserien campaign. Jostein Grindhaug’s troops have been impeccable in their own backyard so far in the season, winning four and drawing one of five league fixtures in front of the home crowd.
The rock-solid defense was the main catalyst for such an outstanding record as it capitulated in just one of these five outings. Unfortunately, Haugesund failed to translate such stellar displays on travels which is why they hold the 9th position in the Eliteserien standings despite such a phenomenal home record. Their unbeaten run on the home patch will face a serious test on Sunday, though.
The third-placed Valerenga come to visit Haugesund Stadion, aiming to close the gap behind Molde and Bodo/Glimt at the top of the standings. They lost just 2 of 13 league games so far in the season and they will go into this unbeaten in the last six Eliteserien outings, having scored at least two goals in three of the last four matches along the way.
It will be very interesting to see how Haugesund’s back line will cope with such an in-form opposition.
Haugesund vs Valerenga Head-to-head
- Haugesund have an opportunity (with a win here) to make it all square at 12 wins for each team in their head to head record against Valerenga.
- The two sides won two matches apiece in their last four meetings.
- The home court advantage did play a massive role in this matchup historically.
- Haugesund won 8, drew 4, and lost only 2 of 14 home matches against Valerenga.
Haugesund vs Valerenga Prediction
Haugesund have been almost impossible to break down on the home patch so far in the season. Knowing how good they’ve been in five games in their own backyard this term, we don’t see any value in backing the visitors to claim the spoils on Sunday at the 2.37 odds.
Instead, we will go for the draw at the 3.25 odds. Valerenga are the team with the most draws in this term of Eliteserien (6 stalemates in 13 outings). The alternate pick is the Under 2.5 goals at the odds of 1.95.
Haugesund vs Valerenga Betting Tips
Draw @ 3.25 odd
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.95 odd.