Just a single point separates ninth-placed Haugesund and their guests on Sunday Tromso, who occupy tenth spot, and we are fully expecting a closer and competitive ninety minutes between the two mid-table rivals. The visitors arrive as the form favourites after picking up four wins from their last six matches, while Haugesund’s form has been a little more inconsistent with the home side claiming two wins, two draws, and suffering two defeats during that same period of games.
Haugesund managed to hold fellow mid-table rivals Viking to a goalless draw at the SR-Bank Arena last week, despite the home side having 53% of the possession and fifteen shots during the ninety minutes. Haugesund created chances of their own but didn’t do enough to deserve any more than the point they eventually claimed. Tromso had the home advantage against Sarpsborg last time out where a seventeenth-minute goal from Andersen saw the hosts lead at the interval. Early in the second half, Valakari doubled Tromso’s lead and the hosts held on to secure all three points and a clean sheet.
The recent head to head record between these two clubs and the performances of both teams over the last month suggest that we won’t see both teams score on Sunday and that Haugesund are likely to pinch a narrow victory. Only one of the last four meetings between these two clubs has seen both teams score and Haugesund have won four of their last five matches against Tromso. Only one of Haugesund’s last three and one of Tromso’s last six matches have seen both teams score, which is why we’re backing a 1-0 win for the home side on Sunday.
Wadji top scores for the host this season with four goals in the Eliteserien, while Valakari leads the way for Tromso with three league goals. We’re confident that we will not see both teams score on Sunday and have predicted a 1-0 win for Haugesund. The hosts have a good recent record against their guests and recent encounters between the two clubs have mostly seen under 2.5 goals scored, while the visitors have been involved in a lot of low-scoring matches over the last month.
Sunday’s match marks the 25th meeting between these two clubs, and with 13 wins, 6 draws, and 5 defeats it is Tromso that lead the head to head record.
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