Kalmar vs Halmstad
Sweden – Allsvenskan
Date: Monday, 1st May 2017
Kick off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Guldfageln Arena (Kalmar)
After a fruitful 2016 season, Kalmar came to the new season with high hopes. But they have so far failed to replicate their dominance at the start of the 2017 campaign. Five matches into the Allsvenskan campaign, they are yet to register a win and lie at the foot of the league table.
The pressure is mounting on head-coach Peter Swardh as worrying signs are posed in form of a leaky defense. They conceded 13 goals so far, while managing to score 3. Kalmar did manage to hold a strong Malmo to a goal-less draw last week, which could be a morale boosting result going into the home clash against a newly promoted side. It will be worth to keep in mind that they got thrashed 3-0 by another promoted side Sirius a week ago.
Halmstad celebrated their return to Allsvenskan with a 1-0 home win over Oestersunds. Since then, they failed to win the remaining four games. They were beaten at home by Malmo and Djurgaarden, but the two away games during the period were draws.
HBK are 14th in the league table, 2 position above the rock bottom Kalmar.
Kalmar vs Halmstad: Head-to-head
Kalmar have an excellent home record against HBK in league matches, as they picked 7 wins from the last 10 meetings, drew once and lost twice.
The teams recently met in a friendly on February at the Guldfageln Arena, Kalmar won the match 2-1.
Kalmar vs Halmstad: Prediction
The home side have a far better squad than the visitors, however they have to do without the services of talisman midfielder Rasmus Elm. However, one must expect Halmstad to go on the defense trying to sneak another away draw, which they have been doing in the previous two outings.
We expect Kalmar to pick their first win of the season, but only by a narrow margin.
Kalmar vs Halmstad: Bet Tips
HT/FT – Kalmar/Kalmar at 3.10
Total Match Goals – Under 2.5 goals at 1.76.