There’s a huge gulf in this Allsvenskan clash on Saturday, as second-bottom Falkenberg take on a Goteborg side who are chasing a place in Europe. The hosts need points in their fight for survival, but they’re likely to struggle when they go up against a team who are in fine form. The visitors are only nine points off the top of the table with a game in hand, but will they be able to keep their good form going when they make the trip to Falkenberg this weekend?
The hosts have just been hammered 6-2 by Hammarby, which has left them in the bottom two and set for the drop. They’ve been in mixed form at home this season, winning just two of their seven matches at this ground. Overall, the hosts have been beaten eight times in 14 league games, which has pushed them into trouble. They probably expected to struggle after gaining promotion, but they were able to extend their last top-flight stay to three seasons. Now they’re facing an immediate return to the Superettan.
The visitors have their eyes set on the other end of the table, as they are looking towards the top three in the league. They could end up in the Europa League next term based on their current form, which has pushed them well above last season’s mixed return. They finished up in 11th in the table last term, but this time around Goteborg are among the top sides in the division. Can they continue their impressive spell in 2019 with another three points this weekend?
The visitors head here with the fourth-best away record in the league, while they’ve won three of their last four away trips. They’ve been hitting form in the Allsvenskan and meeting the second bottom side is a perfect chance for the visitors to further improve and keep up the pressure on the top three. They come here as favourites, which seems fair given that they’ve won four of the last six meetings between the two teams. Now Goteborg are aiming to follow up their impressive head to head advantage with another win here.
We expect Goteborg to build on their winning run on their travels, while they are facing a side who have had their problems with top teams. Falkenberg have lost all of their meetings with the top seven so far, which bodes well for the fourth-placed visitors. With Goteborg holding the head to head advantage, boasting some fine away form and facing a side who struggle against top sides we think the visitors are well priced for the points in this one.
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