Old Rivalries Reignited When Malmo and AIK Meet in StockholmPublished July 17, 2016 by Florin P
Malmo and AIK put their invincible runs to the test (4:30 p.m UK Time).
Malmo and AIK have dominated the Swedish Allsvenskan for many years, but Norrkoping won the trophy last season. Now they are trying to reestablish their dominance and this match has special meaning for both teams. Malmo is currently leading the tables, but they always had a hard time facing AIK on the road and the hosts are undefeated this season.
Something's Got to Give in Stockholm
Malmo has won 10 games in 13 rounds but only has a three-point advantage over the reigning champions. Norrkoping is right behind them and is expected to win on Saturday when it plays in front of its fans. That’s why Malmo is under tremendous pressure ahead of this fixture and needs to play its A-game to consolidate the lead.
The visitors lost just two games on the road and none of their games ended undecided regardless of venue. However, one point at AIK wouldn’t be a bad outcome, since the hosts haven’t lost a single game at home. A draw is not regarded as a bad result by the home side either, since it would keep them within striking distance of the leading pack.
Defenses Win Games in Sweden
Malmo is known for its offensive prowess and leads the Allsvenskan with 28 goals scored. What makes this team truly impressive is the ability to defend both at home and on the road. They will lock horns with an equally competent team, as AIK allowed just 5 goals in 6 home games. This made it possible for them to avoid defeat despite scoring just eight times.
It’s hard to pick a winner in this fixture, so those who have an account with bet365 Sports would be better off betting on fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored. This outcome is priced at 4/5 and has the advantage of covering both low-scoring draws and narrow margin victories.