Norrkoping vs Ostersunds:
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK Time.
Venue: Ostgotaporten (Norrkoping).
IFK Norrkoping look for a win when they host mid table side Ostersunds FK for the Swedish Allsvenskan fixture on Saturday afternoon.
Norrkoping restarted their league campaign with a narrow 1-0 win at Djurgardens last weekend. They remains second in the league table at a 3 point gap with leaders Malmo. The hosts cannot afford to drop points as the third placed Goteborg is 3 points behind them, while the fourth placed Orebro is at a 4 point distance.
The newly promoted side Ostersunds is having a good run in their inaugural season in Sweden’s top flight. This is the most improved club in Sweden in recent years, considering the fact that they were playing in the fourth tier five years ago. They are currently 9th in the Allsvenskan table with 18 points from 13 games, but just a 5 point gap from the relegation zone. They are coming on the back of a 1-0 home win against Joenkoepings Soedra and will be keen to avoid a defeat against a stronger opposition.
Norrkoping vs Ostersunds: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had met on two occasions, both in the Swedish Cup and Norrkoping won comprehensively 4-0 on February 2016 and 2-0 on April 2006. Each of these matches were hosted at the Ostgotaporten and Norrkoping will be looking to make it three wins in a row against the visitors on Saturday.
Norrkoping vs Ostersunds: Predictions
Norrkopping are on an 8 match unbeaten run in the league and are unbeaten at home this season winning in 5 of the 6 games at Ostgotaporten so far. They are also one of the high scoring teams at home averaging 2.8 goals at home this season. Also expect a 0-0 draw against Elfsborg, Norrkoping were consistently scoring 3 goals at least in every home game so far this season. I will be backing them to find the back of net for a minimum of 2 times on Saturday afternoon.
Ostersunds despite their mini success in the league this season haven’t done well against traditionally strong Swedish sides. They were beaten by Malmo 4-1, before GIF Sundsvall thrashed them 5-0. Also taking a look at their 4 match win-less run away from home, they are unlikely to trouble the hosts.
I will go with a correct score perdition of 3-0 in favour of Norrkoping, though it involves high risk considering the inconsistency of the teams in this part of the world.
Norrkoping vs Ostersunds: Bet Tips
- Norrkoping to win
- Norkopping over 1.5 goals (Recommended).