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Free Football Tip For Saturday 28th May

In Norwegian Tippeligaen on May 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

If you’ve come here to find my thoughts on the Champions League final, please scroll down as yesterday’s post is immediately below this one.

Norwegian Tippeligaen

5:00pm

 Strømsgodset v Fredrikstad

A possible bankroll booster for you before you blow it all on Barcelona v Manchester United finishing 3-3…

Although the numbers are positive for Godset (they’re already one of the most improved teams in a wide open competition this season), Fredrikstad have won at Brann and Aalesund this season and are obviously no mugs having also beaten Vålerenga at home.

However, the visitors have already lost at two of the top four teams and as they’ve lost their last three at the Marienlyst Stadium, the recommendation is back Strømsgodset.

Result: Godset 1, Fredrikstad 0

I’ll add the result when I get back from what’s being euphemistically referred to as a ‘Champions League Final Barbecue’ tomorrow and all being well (ie if the hangover isn’t too bad) I’ll have some more tips.

Srsly, RBK, WTF? Tippeligaen Power Rankings After Week 7

In Norwegian Tippeligaen on May 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

Off to an unpredictable start, this season could be the most competitive in  Norway for some time. Rosenborg and Vålerenga already look out of it, but with only three points currently separating the top eight clubs, who knows what’s going to happen.

1. Brann (+2)

Kim Ojo strikes again (sixth goal this season), but it’s Jamaican midfielder Rudolf/Rodolf Austin they need to thank for the late penalty winner against Start. Unbeaten away record also helps.

2. Strømsgodset (-1)

Took an early lead at Aalesund but couldn’t hold on and dropped to their second defeat of the season. Still undefeated at home.

3. Tromsø (-)

Looked like they’d beaten Sarpsborg 08, but a very late equaliser from former Stromsgodset striker Michael Røn means that there’s a five way tie at the top going into Thursday’s games. Along with Strømsgodset and Sarpsborg, they are one of three sides without a home defeat; have also avoided being beaten on the road but need to stop drawing and start winning to be taken seriously as title contenders.

4. Stabaek (-2)

Lost at home to Sogndal

5. Aalesund (+1)

6. Molde (+1)

7. Lillestrøm (-2)

Haven’t lost away yet but they are underperforming at home.

8. Start (-)

9. Odd Grenland (-)

10. Viking (-)

Home form is beginning to be a cause for concern, no wins yet.

11. Haugesund (+1)

I couldn’t find any record of Haugesund beating Rosenborg before, but if that’s the case then Thomas Sørum will go down in the history of football in Rogaland.

As for the next two – Rosenborg’s collapse is pretty comprehensive and Valerenga’s away record (which wasn’t that good last season) has declined.

12. Vålerenga (-1)

13. Rosenborg (-)

Tippeligaen Power Rankings After Week 6

In Norwegian Tippeligaen on May 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

1. Strømsgodset IF (-)

Maintained their lead with a 1-1 draw with Tromsø

2. Stabæk (+1)

Let a three goal lead at Haugesund slip before Icelandic striker Veigar Pall Gunnarsson scored the winner with seven minutes left.

3. Tromsø IL (-1)

Earned an away point in Drammen

4. Brann (+3)

The first of last week’s big movers. Kim Ojo struck twice to give them a first league win at Vålerenga since November 2008.

5. Lillestrøm (-)

Only two goals in a Lillestrøm game? What’s happening?

6. Aalesund (+2)

Having wondered if they’d have trouble scoring goals this season, they put three past Start in the space of twelve minutes either side of half time.

7. Molde (-3)

Lost at home to Rosenborg, but the visitors only put the game beyond any doubt when Rade Prica scored another late goal.

8. Start (-2)

Have now lost three of their last five games.

9. Odd Grenland (+3)

The other big movers this week. A Morten Fevang goal gave them their first win since early April

10. Viking (-)

Have now gone three consecutive games without scoring but earned a point at Sogndal – which could be vital at the end of the season.

11. Vålerenga (-2)

Beaten at home by Brann: three defeats in the last four games.

12. Haugesund (no change)

Have let in nine goals in the last two games.

13. Rosenborg (no change)

Second win this season but still being anchored down by their poor start; would probably be even worse off without Rade Prica.

Although the table still looks unfamiliar, there’s no doubt that the current top three deserve to be there.  Tromsø’s consistency is defensive strength and Strømsgodset are easily the most improved side this season.

At the bottom, Viking, Haugesund and Sogndal are all having difficulties of one type or another – Viking and Sogndal can’t seem to find the back of the net and Haugesund are conceding 2.83 goals per game, which is over twice as many as the corresponding figure for 2010.

I’ll finish off with a real trainspotter stat: there have only been two goalless draws so far this season, both of them at Sogndal.

Power Rankings For Norway’s Tippeligaen After Week 5

In Norwegian Tippeligaen on April 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Week 5 finished about 90 minutes again, so without further ado here are the updated rankings.

Next round of games starts on May 6th as next weekend features cup games.

1. Strømsgodset IF (no change)

A late goal at Viking from Fredrik Nordkvelle and Strømsgodset are a point clear at the top.

2. Tromsø IL (up two places)

Conceded their first goal at home this season, but still beat Odd Grenland.

3. Stabæk (up two places)

There’s a trend emerging at the Telenor Arena: goals. Twelve in three games.

4. Molde (up two places)

Won at SK Brann, their first away win under Ole Gunnar Solskjær

5. Lillestrøm (up two places)

Another five goal game at  Åråsen stadium and Anthony Ujah scored twice. Will he finish the season in Norway?

6. Start (down four places)

Beaten without scoring at Sogndal.

7. Brann (down four places)

Lost at home to Molde, their second home defeat this season. The win over Rosenborg at the Brann Stadion in Week 1 might look like a massive aberration in the weeks to come.

8. Aalesund (up two places)

Second consecutive single goal victory at the Color Line Stadium. Goals may be at a premium in Aalesund’s games in 2011.

9. Vålerenga (down one place)

Lost at Rosenborg in the last game of Week 5

10. Viking (down one place)

Last week I wrote ‘doesn’t look as if they’ll score goals, which is odd considering their record last season and could be worth monitoring.’ Failed to score at home on Monday, which means they’ve not hit the target in three of their five games this season.

11. Haugesund (no change)

Battered 5-0 at Lillestrøm and now have the worst defensive record in the Tippeligaen.

12. Odd Grenland (no change)

Scored a goal at Tromsø (only seven clubs managed that in 2010) but still lost. One win in five games is not a good start.

13. Rosenborg (no change)

Finally won a game with a 2-0 victory against Vålerenga and are now ‘only’ eight points behind Strømsgodset.

Of the promoted clubs, Sarpsborg won at home without conceding a goal for the third time this season and although Fredrikstad lost at Stabæk it’s only their second defeat of the season. However, Sogndal lost again and have now failed to score in three consecutive games.

Still only one goalless draw this season, average goals per game 3.23. That’s a lot and will probably calm down over the next few weeks.

Power Rankings For Norway’s Tippeligaen After Round 4

In Norwegian Tippeligaen on April 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Only four games gone and the table looks upside down.

It’s worth remembering that there’s nearly 90% of the season left – but where Rosenborg end up is anyone’s guess.

1. Strømsgodset IF

Have had the advantage of having three home games in the first four matches, but they’ve won all of them. Could still be polarised between wins and losses (1-5 defeat at Start could be evidence of that), but it’s a good start for the team from Drammen who haven’t wont the title since 1970.

2. Start

Good start defensively with two clean sheets; two big home wins suggest more to come at the Sør Arena.

3. Brann

4. Tromsø IL

Ominous start from the team that finished third last season: unbeaten with three clean sheets. Have never won the title, but there’s always a first time.

5. Stabæk

6. Molde

7. Lillestrøm

There’ll always be goals at Lillestrøm’s Åråsen stadium – five in the only one so far this season, 3.27  per game last season. Anthony Ujah will score a lot of them.

8. Vålerenga

Good start defensively – the only club not to be involved in a game with over 3.5 goals yet.

9. Viking

Doesn’t look as if they’ll score goals, which is odd considering their record last season and could be worth monitoring

10. Aalesund

11. Haugesund

12. Odd Grenland

13. Rosenborg

Only other team without a win is Sogndal. Changes in playing staff and management have had an impact, but this is a very dramatic, sudden and unexpected decline.

Other things to watch out for: only one goalless draw in 32 games (3%), 3.34 goals per game.

Rosenborg’s Record Goes: Stabaek Lose 7-0

In Norwegian Tippeligaen on March 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

On Friday night Sarpsborg 08 got off to a winning campaign with a 3-0 over the team that may become known as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s Molde FK, but the real shocks came on Sunday.

Stabæk lost 7-0 at home to Lillestrøm, having not lost at home to the Canaries in any competition since September 2009. The visitors – managed by former Blackburn, Manchester United and Rangers defender Henning Berg – were three up at half time and six of their goals came from Nigerian strikers Anthony Ujah and Nosa Emanuel Igiebor. Lillestrøm’s win at Stabæk is their biggest away win since they beat 2. Divisjon Brumunddal 6-1 in the Norwegian Cup last May. Stabæk had won the last two home games last season and had won all four of their pre-season friendlies at the Telenor Stadium before the season started, including a 3-0 win over Spanish second division side FC Cartagena.

If that was an unexpected result, Rosenborg’s first defeat in the league since October 2009 came at Brann, who hadn’t beaten the Trolls since August 2007, the last time the hosts won the Tippeligaen. Goals from Kim Ojo – another Nigerian striker – and Bjørnar Holmvik gave the hosts a 2-0 half time lead, Mushaga Bakenga got a goal back after 68 minutes but that was the end of the scoring and the end of Rosenborg’s winning streak. As Rosenborg defeats don’t happen very often, here’s what could be a very historical piece of film…

With the national side in action against Denmark on Saturday night, the Tippeligaen resumes on April 1st and Week 2 has some interesting matches – two games feature unbeaten sides (Strømsgodset travel to Start on Saturday and Lillestrøm entertain Brann on Monday night) and two feature teams that opened the season with a defeat. Odd Grenland have lost their last four visits to Sogndal but after being battered 7-0 the last team Stabæk will want to face is Rosenborg.

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Another Title For Rosenborg?

In Norwegian Tippeligaen on March 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Only another couple of weeks to go before league football in Norway gets underway and the main question is whether Rosenborg can win their 23rd title.

The unbeaten Trolls won the Tippeligaen comfortably in 2010 – by finishing seven points ahead of Valerenga, they claimed a remarkable seventeenth title in 20 seasons and are the bookies favourites to win again in 2011. Reminiscent of FC Porto‘s form in the Portuguese league this season, Rosenborg’s success came as a result of defensive fortitude away from home: they kept five clean sheets on the road in 2010 and haven’t lost an away league game since a defeat at Lillestrom in October 2008…thirty games ago.

It’s not that difficult to see where Rosenborg’s main competition will come from. Despite finishing second, Valerenga actually had a better home record than the champions but were horrible on the road. For example, they lost 3-1 to Honefoss (who were eventually relegated) and ‘only’ beat bottom club Sandefjord 1-0.

Tromso – who finished 11 points behind Valerenga in third place and qualified for next season’s Europa League – had a superb defensive record at the Alfheim Stadium, but struggled to score goals.

Looking beyond last season’s top three, none of the other thirteen teams look capable of mounting much of a challenge. Haugesund only lost once at home, but only won three times on their travels and although Stromsgodset IF are capable of another ten win season at the Marienlyst Stadium, they’re equally as likely to lose ten games on the road.

Of the newly promoted sides, two have had recent experience at this level. Sogndal won the Adeccoligaen last season and will be making their first appearance in the Tippeligaen since 2004; Fredrikstad only spent one season in the second tier after relegation in 2009, but Sarpsborg 08 are universal favourites to go straight back down – they only escaped relegation from the Adeccoligaen in 2007 when Raufoss had their professional license revoked.

Sarpsborg and Molde start the new season off on 18th March at 6:00pm GMT but the second round of games doesn’t start until the beginning of April.