Norrkoping vs AIK
Date: Monday, 8 April 2019
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Ostgotaporten (Norrkoping).
Top two teams from the previous term of Swedish Allsvenskan are set to lock horns as early as in the second round of the new campaign. The derby of the Matchday is scheduled for Monday evening at Ostogotaporten where Beijing will be highly motivated to fix a dreadful impression rom the opening round.
Norrkoping revealed plenty of defensive holes in a 3-1 defeat away at recently-promoted Helsingborg side last Sunday. They also shipped three goals in their last pre-season test losing 0-3 to Norwegian champions Rosenborg.
This is definitely not the kind of form you want to have coming face to face with defending champions. AIK’s main force lies at the back, but they do have a predator in the final third in the like of Henok Goitom. The 34-year-old veteran forward bagged 12 goals for Gnaget last season and he is certainly capable of exploiting the aforementioned defensive holes of Norrkoping’s.
Norrkoping vs AIK: Head-to-head
AIK were much more successful in the history of head to head encounters with Beijing.
Gnaget lead the H2H tie by 13 wins ahead of 45th meeting with Norrkoping.
Just one of past six H2H affairs saw goals scored at both ends.
Norrkoping took a 2-0 victory when these two sides last met each other in mid-September last year.
Norrkoping vs AIK: Prediction
AIK kept the core of the team which won the Allsvenskan title last season. Their rock-solid defense basically took the trophy as Gnaget allowed no more than 17 goals in 30 matches in the previous term. Rikard Norling’s men began the new season in a similar fashion as they played a goalless draw to Ostersunds eight days ago at Friends Arena in Solna.
Knowing that Norrkoping lost 3-1 to recently-promoted side last weekend, we have to favour the defending champions. On the other side, Beijing played exceptionally well in front of the home crowd last season. They had a record of 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in 15 home outings.
The draw thus looks to be the closest of three outcomes. The safest of betting bets would be Under 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 1.61 if we know that just one of last four H2H games saw three or more goals scored.
Norrkoping vs AIK: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.20 (11/5)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13).