Sarpsborg and Brann Fight to Stay Alive in the Norwegian Tippeligaen Title RacePublished June 23, 2017 by Florin P
Sarpsborg and Brann strive to stay within striking distance of Rosenborg while extending their winning streaks (5:00 p.m UK Time).
Rosenborg is once again at the top of the tables in the Norwegian first division, which is hardly a surprise. They have the best team in the championship and the expertise needed to crush competition and win the trophy in back-to-back seasons. Having said this, Sarpsborg and Brann are still within striking distance and they need victory in the direct fixture to consolidate their position. A draw would help neither team and past performance suggest that the odds of these two teams splitting the points are slim.
Home Pitch Advantage is Huge for Sarpsborg
Playing in front of their fans is important for all Norwegian teams, but Sarpsborg is particularly dependent on the support of its home fans. On the road they were mediocre at best and unable to score goals even against weaker opponents. By comparison, their home pitch performance is much better and they’re expected to come out firing on all cylinders. Sarpsborg is the more offensive team of the two, despite the fact that overall they scored two goals less than the visitors. In the head to head matches, they have a slight advantage, one they could improve with a victory on home soil this Sunday.
Several Strikers Doubtful for Brann
Despite the lengthy break caused by national team matches, Norwegian squad didn’t get the chance to rest their players. Many were playing in the domestic cup and the busy schedule took its toll on several players. Brann doesn’t have a top scorer, but three players are tied for the lead, which is an advantage.
However, Orlov is doubtful ahead of this fixture and without him they will struggle upfront. Bet365 sports currently offers odds of 11/10 on Sarpsborg to prevail, which under these circumstances are quite good. Punters should bet on the home side and not wait for the kickoff, when the odds will draw.