Just one point from their last two outings has seen 5th placed Aalesund fall away from the pack at the top of the table. Aalesund need a win this weekend to close the two point gap between themselves and the top four, and a fixture against 2nd from bottom Kristiansund, a side promoted to the Norwegian Eliteserien at the end of last season, should be a decent opportunity to make amends.
Kristiansund themselves, though not in the best of shape (W1 D3 L2 from their last six) in the league, have improved as the season has gone on. Saturday’s match against Aalesund should prove a difficult one – the visitors have lost just one of their last ten matches on the road (W6 D3 L1) – but the hosts’ best performances this season have consistently been on their home soil (W3 D2 L1), so we should see them put up a good fight.
Both sides are in decent scoring form, at home and on the road respectively, with Kristiansund scoring in all of their last five league matches on their own turf and Aalesund scoring at least one in 9 of their last 10 league away matches. Alongside Aalesund’s 67% “both teams to score” statistic, both teams to score seems a solid bet here at 4/5 with bet365.
Regarding a correct score bet, Kristiansund may be unbeaten in five at home (W3 D2) in the league, but four of these matches were against sides within the bottom half of the table – their only home defeat this season came against (now) 7th placed Molde, a side who Aalesund beat away from home at the start of May.
Aalesund are in much better shape overall and even drew away to reigning champions Rosenborg back in April, so we feel there has to be some decent value in the visitors to clinch the win here. As such, a 2-1 Aalesund win at odds of 9/1 with bet365 is a decent shout.
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