PREVIEW: Norway Eliteserien Gameweek 11

Although it’s still early in the season, the top five are showing massive interest in leading the race. Bodo/Glimt are looking to maintain their spot in first place while newcomers Fredrikstad hunt them down in second place. Brann, Molde, and Viking occupy third, fourth, and fifth place. Tromso and Sandefjord are in desperate need of a victory to have the chance to climb out of the red zone. This week promises to deliver intense and exciting matchups as Gameweek 11 unfolds.

Saturday 1 June

36/10 Hamarkameratene | Draw 5/2 | SK Brann 6/10 (18:00)

HamKam hosts third-place Brann at home after a 3-0 hammering by Viking last time out. This will be a real test for HamKam as they look to register back-to-back home victories. Brann who is currently third on the log will be eager to claim maximum points to stay in touching distance of first and second place. Brann remains unbeaten away from which will be a source of motivation to go all out for the win. Back the away win.

Sunday 2 June

6/10 Molde | Draw 11/4 | Viking 34/10 (14:30)

A very exciting fixture to look out for as two points separate these two clubs on the log standings in fourth and fifth place respectively. Molde is largely the favourites in this encounter and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run against Viking on home soil. Viking will need a strategy to get their best players on the ball, potentially defy the odds, and register their first victory against Molde after three consecutive defeats. Molde to win and over 2.5 goals.

6/10 Stromsgodset | Draw 51/20 | Odds BK 37/10 (17:00)

The Marienlyst Stadium will be bouncing when Stromsgodset hosts Odd. Past meetings between the two have been entertaining with each team sharing victories against each other. The first meeting promises to be the same with Stromsgodset looking to register their third consecutive victory while Odd are looking for their first away victory after three failed attempts. Back the home win and BTTS.

38/10 Haugesund | Draw 29/10 | Bodo/Glimt 5/10 (17:00)

Haugesund is hosting first-place Bodo/Glimt after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Sandefjord last time out. Confidence will be flowing through the team as they look to earn their third consecutive home victory. League leaders Bodo/Glimt have been superb away from home and have been scoring goals for fun which could lead them to their fifth away victory of the campaign. Norwegian native Jens Petter Hauge is the player to keep an eye on for Bodo/Glimt. Back the away win in this one.

19/20 KFUM Oslo | Draw 21/10 | Sandefjord 23/10 (17:00)

New boys on the block KFUM Oslo have had a great start to life in the top flight. After their impressive 2-2 draw with Bodo/Glimt, they face Sandefjord and a chance to extend their unbeaten run to four games. Sandefjord has hit a rough patch in recent weeks but can draw some inspiration from past victories against KFUM Oslo as they look to keep their unbeaten record against the newcomers alive. Interesting encounter and BTTS is the way to go.

Kristiansund | Draw | Sarpsborg (17:00)

Kristiansund is finding it difficult to adapt to life in the top flight. After their loss to Brann, their winless streak stretches to six games. Sarpsborg has huge defensive issues to deal with as they have conceded 16 goals in the last four games. Both clubs are level on points (10) and will come down to who wants it more on the day. BTTS is the safe way to go here.

21/20 Tromso | Draw 22/10 | Lillestrom 2/1 (17:00)

Tromso is in a difficult position in last place and will need to find some inspiration to fuel their performance on the day to earn maximum points. They have found joy playing in front of their home fans and a win for Tromso will see them record three consecutive victories on the spin at home. Lillestrom has managed one win in the last five matches which sees them occupy 13th place and three points ahead of Tromso. Thomas Olsen and Gjermund Asen will play a pivotal role in guiding Lillestrom to victory in this encounter. Back the home win regardless of the position on the log.

21/20 Rosenborg | Draw 43/20| Fredrikstad 2/1 (19:15)

Rosenborg broke their four-game winless streak after a slender 2-1 victory over Kristiansund previously. The win could not have come at a more important time as they look to regain momentum and challenge for maximum points. Since promoting to the top flight, Fredrikstad has been in outstanding form and come into this fixture unbeaten in the past five games. Fredrikstad also boasts the best away record in the league and a win will see them enjoy their fourth consecutive victory on the road. Back the away victory and over 2.5 goals.

Written by Marc Strydom.