Valerenga vs Stabaek: Preview and Predictions

Valerenga vs Stabaek
Norwegian Eliteserien
Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Intility Arena, Oslo.

Valerenga brought the three-draw run to an end on Saturday when they took advantage of the easier fixture beating the 15th-placed Sandefjord 0-1 on the road with goals from San Johnson. The Liberian striker thus returned to the habits from the very start of the season, netting his sixth goal in ninth appearance for Ronny Deila’s team. Such impressive displays see him at the high second place in the league’s goalscorers leaderboard, right behind Stromsgodset’s Marcus Pedersen with eight goals.

The in-form forward should have a nice chance to keep the stellar form going in mid-week’s home tie with another bottom-half outfit as Stabaek are about to visit the capital for the Matchday No 10 clash at Intility Arena.

The visitors have huge issues with the efficiency up front failing to produce in any of last three games across competitions. They sit 14th with just seven points from the opening nine matches of the campaign.

Valerenga vs Stabaek: Head-to-head

The two sides met each other in the pre-season friendly back in February this year when Valerenga took a 4-2 victory.

Overall, the most recent history of H2H matches between these two likes suggests a new high-scoring thriller after each of last seven meetings saw both teams on the scoresheet.

Stabaek lead the H2H tie by three wins and they won four points from last term’s encounters with Valerenga.

Valerenga vs Stabaek: Prediction

The Spanish manger Toni Ordinas could be forced to make some changes in the final third given his men could not even score against the lower-division side Mjondalen in an embarrassing 2-0 loss in the early stages of the NM Cupen. The team could not find the net in any of last two away losses either, continuing the poor form on travels in this term (three losses and two draws so far).

De Blaa conceded 11 goals in five games on the road, meaning Sam Johnson should really have plenty of room to add to his fine six-goal tally here. You van back the Liberian forward to score anytime at the odds of 2.40.

Since each of last seven head to head games saw both teams on target, we again expect to see a goal fest in which the hosts would have to find the net at least twice backing up their fine form ahead of the tie.

Valerenga vs Stabaek: Bet Tips

  • Valerenga Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.66
  • Sam Johnson to score anytime @ 2.40.