Ostersunds vs AIK
Sweden – Allsvenskan
Date: Thursday, 1st November 2018
Kick-off at 18.00 UK/ 19.00 CET
Venue: Jamtkraft Arena, Ostersunds.
Just three more rounds remain in the Allsvenskan. The race for the lone Champions League spot is in full swing.
AIK has established a lead of four points over the second-placed Norrkoping. But a recent string of three draws has them worrying over their European ambitions for next season. In the 28th round of the Swedish League, AIK travel to take on Ostersunds at the Jamtkraft Arena.
AIK will be in high spirits though, having rescued themselves from only their second loss in the league by scoring an equaliser in the 90th minute against Malmo FF last weekend. Whole of Sweden was expecting an upset by the champions of last season, but Sebastian Larsson had other plans.
Saman Ghodos and Samin Islamovic has taken the bulk of scoring duties for Ostersunds. With nine goals and seven goals respectively, they will sure be creating ripples for any defense in the league. Except for AIK.
Having conceded just 15 goals so far from 27 matches, the AIK defense is carving a niche of their own. The next best defensive record being 24 goals from 27 matches by Hacken.
The 34-year-old forward of AIK, Henok Goitom, has really been terrific this season with 12 goals so far. AIK will once again look towards him for inspiration.
Ostersunds lost on the road to Norrkoping with a score line of 2-4, on the road last week. The latter is the second contender for the Champions League spot after favourite, AIK. Back to back matches against Norrkoping and AIK is really not fair for Ostersunds, but they have no other go but to accept it.
Ostersunds vs AIK Head-to-head (h2h)
Ostersunds has never won against AIK. Of the six matches between the two, two have been draws and rest of the four were won by AIK.
Ostersunds has lost six and won five of their last 11 matches.
AIK is on a six-match unbeaten streak. They have lost just one out of 27 matches in the league so far.
AIK has conceded the least goals in the league so far, with just 15 goals. They also have the joint-best goal difference, along with Hacken, +32.
Ostersunds vs AIK Prediction
AIK will understand the gravity of the situation and rise to the occasion. They have done a terrific job so far this season, and they will give anything to ensure their Champions League qualification. AIK will come into this match guns blazing and will take control of the action from the beginning itself.
Their iron-clad defence will ensure that no goals would be scored by Ostersunds. All the probabilities point to just one team scoring in this match, AIK.
Ostersunds, though a great team, does not stand a chance against a determined AIK. They will want to make amends for the recent string of draws.
Betting on the Half Time/ Full Time option for AIK/ AIK is also a reasonable choice.
Ostersunds vs AIK Betting Tips
AIK to win @ 1.83 (5/6)
Both Teams to Score: NO @ 1.95 (10/11).