HAMMARBY v GIF SUNDSVALL
What and who is going to stop Hammarby? Start of the season has been so positive for the green and whites, with 5W 1D 1L and a great offensive. GIF Sundsvall is undefeated and looks interesting with the new Spanish players in the team.
Last round, Hammarby grabbed a late winner in the derby against Djurgården and now they are looking for another win to stay on top of the table. Erkan Zengin is injured and Pa Dibba, the hero in the derby, should replace Nikola Djurdjic who also limped off last round.
GIF Sundsvall has been a surprise. A lot of experts had them at the bottom but so far they haven’t lost and they really also have impressed with the technical football and offensive play. Batanero, Ciercoles, and Gall have shown quality.
None of the teams is under pressure – both of the teams can play relaxed and really go for the win. Yes, GIF Sundsvall will sure be happy with a draw, but so far they have been offensively balanced and I don’t think they will change that here. Hammarby, at home, will always attack and with the quality players they have, especially Hamad, I really do believe we will see a fun game here.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 at 1.890
ELFSBORG v AIK
Interesting game on a stadium where AIK usually has it very hard to win. Usually, both of the teams are at least on the upper half of the table, but Elfsborg is in early problems this year with the new coach Thelin. AIK is at the top and hasn’t lost so far.
Things aren’t working like they should do at Elfsborg. Defense isn’t good enough and the offense has a lot of potential but hasn’t found the right path so far. Big doubt on the striker position since no one has impressed. Jebali? Prodell? Frick?
AIK has been solid as a rock so far. Undefeated and at the top. The only concern is the injuries. Last round, key player Nabil Bahoui limped off with problems. That wouldn’t matter here since he is suspended. If AIK is lucky, Tarik Elyounoussi can return here for some minutes.
AIK is a better team than Elfsborg, especially right now since Elfsborg and their new coach Jimmy Thelin hasn’t found the right system. It doesn’t really help them that a lot of the key players looks to be out of form – and confidence. AIK will have to rotate again, but last round Nicolas Stefanelli came on, played a half, and scored twice. He should start here.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: AIK -0.25 at 1.980
ÖSTERSUND v IFK NORRKÖPING
This is an interesting game between two of the teams that should be top 5 this season. Östersund comes from a big and important win against Brommapojkarna away where all of the key players made points. IFK Norrköping lost heavily and surprisingly against Trelleborg at home.
Östersund has been slow started, but now it looks like they’ve found something. Ghoddos, Islamovic, and Nouri scored last round – Sema made assists. Sure, it was against Brommapojkarna but the win was undisputed and sure gave confidence.
IFK Norrköping hasn’t really impressed so far. They have got the easiest schedule of the top teams and with the amount of quality players on attacking positions, the points have been won with individual performances. Here, they will be without Jordan Larsson who is suspended.
I think Östersund is back on track now after a bad start. The energy is back, the motivation is back, and at home, I think they can hurt IFK Norrköping. The defense in IFK Norrköping has been a bit shaky and so far they only have one clean sheet. Good chance for Östersund to climb a bit in the table.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Östersund -0.50 at 1.900