Nordsjaelland vs Esbjerg
Date: Sunday, 15 July 2018
Kick-Off at 11:00 UK / 12:00 CET
Venue: Right to Dream Park, Farum.
Esbjerg instantly returned to the top tier of the Danish football after beating Silkeborg in the relegation play-offs in late-May. They ended the regular season in the 1st Division at the second place, with a five-point deficit to winners Vejle.
The team led by Joannes Lammers will open the campaign with a very tough fixture set to be played on Sunday, exactly at noon.
Esbjerg travel to Farum to take on the third-placed team of the previous term of Superligaen, Nordsjaelland.
The Wild Tigers will enter the new season with high expectations, aiming to go a step further and even challenge the title contest.
The hosts signed a host of new and exciting players in the summer transfer window losing an influential right-winger Ernest Asante and goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson at the same time.
Nevertheless, Kasper Hjulmand has reasons to be optimistic after a decent form his troops showed in pre-season friendlies.
Nordsjaelland vs Esbjerg: Head-to-head
- Interestingly, it’s Esbjerg who own a better H2H record than Nordsjaelland.
- The visitors lead the head to head tie by three wins ahead of 41st meeting with the Wild Tigers.
- Three of last four head to head games ended in draws.
Nordsjaelland vs Esbjerg: Prediction
As mentioned above, the Wild Tigers will come into this in a strong form, on the back of six straight wins in all competitions.
The five-win run in pre-season tests was continued on Thursday evening when Nordsjaelland dispatched Northern Irish Cliftonville in the first leg of their Europa League tie (0-1).
The Wild Tigers bagged two at least two goals in each of five previous friendlies even though the opposition included exciting likes of Norrkoping, PAOK and Ajax in the process.
This, combined with the fact they are about to face the league newcomers in the curtain raiser of the new season, makes the home win look like a banker at the odds of 1.55.
Nordsjaelland vs Esbjerg: Bet Tips
Nordsjaelland to win @ 1.55
Nordsjaelland Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.61.