Helsingborg vs Elfsborg:
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016,
Kick-Off: 16:30 UK
Venue: Olympia (Helsingborg).
A struggling Helsingborg keen to revive their season when they host mid-table team Elfsborg at the Olympia stadium on Sunday evening.
Helsingborg are currently 12th in the Allsvenskan standings, just 2 points clear from the relegation zone. They are one of the worst defensive sides in the league and conceded 25 goals from 12 matches so far, only the two sides at the foot of the table – Falkenbergs and Gefle have conceded more goals than them. They are also on a four match win-less run, with their last two being defeats.
Elfsborg will be desperate to make amends after missing on European qualification last season. The side that finished fourth last year had experienced a poor start to the 2016 Allsvenskan season by losing 4 of their first 5 matches. But since then they had steadied the ship and are undefeated in 6 of their last 7, with 4 wins and 2 draws. They are currently 7th in the standings, 6 behind the third placed Oerebro, who sit in the final European qualification spot.
Helsingborg vs Elfsborg: Head-to-Head Stats
Overall (42 matches): Helsingborg – 20 wins, Elfsborg – 10 wins, Draws – 12.
Helsingborg at home vs Elfsborg (20 matches): 15 wins, 5 draws, 2 losses.
The two meetings between these two sides in the 2015 Allsvenskan finished in 2-1 win for the home side.
Helsingborg are on an 8 match winning run at home against Elfsborg in league matches and are unbeaten in the last 9, which could be dated back to 2007.
Helsingborg vs Elfsborg: Prediction
Despite recovering from their poor start to the season, Elfsborg still seems to struggle away from home. They had won in 2 of the 7 away matches this season so far, losing 4. Combining this with Helsingborg’s strong home record against Elfsborg, I believe the hosts will be very confident to get all three points from this encounter.
Considering the defensive vulnerabilities of either sides, I expect this match to see over 2.5 goals.
Helsingborg vs Elfsborg: Tips:
Helsingborg to win and Over 2.5 goals
Both Teams to Score
Over 0.5 at HT.