Odense vs Nordsjaelland
Date: Monday, 17th July 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Ewii Park (Odense).
It has been a struggle for Odense BK in the past few seasons. Since finishing second in the table in three consecutive seasons between 2008 and 2011, the team has went down to the bottom half of the table in past five seasons. They were 11th in the regular season last term and had to go through the relegation play-offs to secure their status as a Danish Superliga team.
OB’s preparation for the new season hasn’t gone well as they were left without a win in three warm up matches. They lost to Holstein Kiel and Shakhtar Donetsk, while earning a goal-less draw against the domestic side HB Koge. The pressure is back on Odense to start the season on a positive note.
Nordsjaelland are coming on the back of a good 2016/17 campaign after securing a fifth placed finish. They majority of their success is down to one man, Marcus Ingvartsen. The 21 year old Dane scored 23 goals, but he has now left for Belgian side Gent. With no real real quality reinforcements and the absence of defensive duo Pascal Gregor and Emil Damgaard through injury, the The Wild Tigers are expected to struggle at the start of this new season.
Odense vs Nordsjaelland: Head-to-head
Despite struggling in the past couple of seasons, OB often came on top of the duels against Nordsjaelland. They won 7 on the bounce, including a 3-1 rout in the corresponding fixture of last season.
At home, OB lost just once to Nordsjaelland in the past 6 meetings, bagging 5 wins in the process.
Odense vs Nordsjaelland: Prediction
It could be a nervous start to the new campaign for both teams as they hope for better results than in previous seasons. Based on the stats, the team to bank on in this fixture is OB. They finished last season on an excellent home form, by winning 5 of the 7 games at Ewii Park. Besides, Nordsjaelland are not quite comfortable while coming against OB in away games.
Odense vs Nordsjaelland: Bet Tips
FT – OB to win at 2.20 by William Hill.
BTTS and Over 2.5 goals for 2.20 odds with Bet365.