Sarpsborg vs Start: Preview and Predictions

Sarpsborg 08 vs Start
Norwegian Eliteserien
Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Sarpsborg Stadion, Sarpsborg.

Sarpsborg’s form has already seen quite a few stumbling blocks in nine opening rounds of the new Eliteserien campaign, but they’ll come into Wednesday’s home tie with the league newcomers Start as massive favourites to clinch the spoils.

Heir Bakke’s side entered the new season with the sky-high ambitions following the third-place finish in the last term, but they had huge issues keeping things tight at the back in the opening weeks. The team was winless in five straight games before earning the huge second-half comeback on Sunday afternoon away at Marienlyst Stadion in Drammen. Ole-Jorgen Halvorsen and Ronnie Schwartz bagged goals within just five minutes to earn their team a huge confidence-boosting victory ahead of the tenth round tie with the struggling Start side.

Sarpsborg vs Start: Head-to-head

This will be the first H2H encounter in two years for these two sides, following Start’s return to the elite class football.

Sarpsborg won each of last two encounters with Start bagging five goals in the process.

Sarpsborg won five, drew three and lost just one of nine head to head matches in front of the home crowd.

Sarpsborg vs Start: Prediction

Mark Dempsey’s troops made a dream start to the campaign in the higher division beating Tromso 4-1 at home in the curtain-raiser back in March. Nonetheless, they took just one point in the remaining eight games of the season which is only good eo0ugh for the rock-bottom of the league standing ahead of the Matchday No 10 clash with Sarpsborg.

The visitors scored just twice in last seven league games and they own the league’s worst defensive record with 20 goals conceded in nine matches so far. Given they’ll be up against the opposition who earned confidence by beating Stromsgodset away from home on Sunday, we just can’t expect anything else but a comprehensive victory for Bakke and his men here.

The home win is a banker at 1.50, while we’ll also add the value by backing Sarpsborg to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end at the odds of 2.40.

Sarpsborg vs Start: Bet Tips

  • Sarpsborg 08 to win @ 1.50
  • HT/FT Sarpsborg 08/Sarpsborg 08 @ 2.40.