Aron Wright - March 10, 2018
Kristiansund vs Valerenga
Norway – Eliteserien
Date: Monday, 12 March 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: Kristiansund Stadion (Kristiansund).
The closing match of the opening round in the Norwegian Eliteserien is going to be contested between Kristiansund and Valerenga. Both sides have finished their last campaigns in the top half of the table and they are looking for another decent season.
Kristiansund had many troubles prior to final third of the season, but they managed to enter the streak of excellent results in which they have been defeated only once. They wrapped up the season with three straight wins and climbed on the high 7th position. They have been very efficient in that period and their top goalscorer Benjamin Stokke stayed in the club which can be encouraging for the home fans. They have also improved their home performances in the finish of the season and in the end, they have suffered only two defeats in front of their fans. Kristiansund managed to keep the majority of their last season’s squad and they are hoping for another good campaign.
Valerenga ended the last season one place below their opponents being one point behind them. In the closing five rounds they suffered three defeats and slipped down a bit. They have been playing very well in the front, while their defence should have been a bit tighter. They had many dissiculties when playing away from home where they’ve suffered ten defeats and celebrated only three wins. Ronny Deila has a pretty young squad at his disposal, however there are many talented players. Valerenga should be capable of finding their place in the top half of the table once again.
These two sides have played only two official matches and Valerenga managed to book a win and a draw. They have also faced each other ten days ago in a friendly match when Valerenga were better side on their pitch. Their league clashes were very tight ones with no more than two goals scored.
We believe that these two sides are similarly strengthened and a draw should be a fair result of this clash.
Since both teams were keen on scoring last season, they should be able to open this season by scoring at least one goal in each net.
Draw @ 3.20
BTTS Yes @ 1.75