Ostersund vs Halmstad
Sweden – Allsvenskan
Date: Sunday, 30th July 2017
Kick off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Jamtkraft Arena.
Ostersunds managed to gain at least some sort of advantage in the first leg of their Europa League tie with Fola Esch.
The English manager will likely rest his key men for the rematch in Luxembourg which is why we will skip any home win bets in Ostersunds’ league fixture with the relegation-threatened Halmstad.
The hosts are certainly not used to a strong Saturday/Thursday rhythm as Europa League appearances will certainly affect their Allsvenskan ambitions.
This could have best been noticed last weekend when Potter rested Curtis Edwards and Soman Ghoddos in a 3-0 defeat to Djurgarden.
The defeat caused the slide to the sixth position for the hosts who are, however, still only two points away from the second-placed AIK after 16 rounds of the competition.
Halmstad, who have the weakest attacking line in the league, will struggle a lot to save the elite class status this year.
The league’s newcomers clinched only a single win on 16 league matches and, interestingly, it came just against Ostersunds in the opening round of the competition.
Ostersunds vs Halmstad: Head to head
The mentioned season opener was the lone previous official head to head match between the two teams who have also shared spoils by playing a 1-1 draw in the pre-season friendly back in mid-February this year.
Ostersunds vs Halmstad: Prediction
The hosts should be clear favourites to snatch a three-pointer, but there is just no value in backing Ostersunds’ win as they are in the midst of their Europa League tie with Fola Esch.
We’ll thus go with Halmstad not to lose by two goals or more at 3/5 as the main betting pick since the visitors have not suffered such a defeat in last ten Allsvenskan outings.