With 11 games played in Norway’s Eliteserien, Lillestrom find themselves in the relegation zone. The five-time champions of Norway are 6 points clear of bottom place Viking but with two teams going down, cannot afford to drop more points.
Their opponents this week are Stabaek, who currently sit in fifth place in the Eliteserien and with a win in this match, could move up to fourth in the table. Only the champions qualify for the Champions League, with second and third going into the Europa League so finishing inside the top three is a must for those wanting European football.
Stabaek welcome Lillestrom to the Nadderud Stadion on Saturday evening having won 18 points from their 11 games this season. Lillestrom have found life tough and have claimed just 11 points from their 11 league matches.
Stabaek vs. Lillestrøm
Norway Eliteserien – Saturday 3rd June 2017 – 5pm
Best Odd of: 21/20 at Bet365
Best Odd of: 12/5 at Bet365
Best Odd of: 5/2 at Bet365
Stabaek are unbeaten in 4 of their 5 Eliteserien games but wins have been difficult to come by during this period of matches. Stabaek have won only one of those 5 games, which came away at Stromgodset on the 16th May.
Since that victory, Stabaek have been held at home by bottom of the table Viking and lost 3-1 at Molde.
At home, Stabaek have lost only one match this season but have failed to win any of their last 3, drawing with Rosenborg and Viking and losing 3-0 to Haugesund. Stabaek have scored 1 goal during those 3 games.
Wins have been very difficult to find for Lillestrom this season and they have won only 2 of their last 10 league games.
However, 6 of the points they have won over the course of those 10 games have come away from home, which will give their fans some encouragement going into this game. Lillestrom won 1-0 at Sogndal and drew at Rosenborg and Kristiansund.
They also won their first game in 5 attempts last weekend, defeating Tromso 4-1 at home. This result came as a shock because Tromso were undefeated in 4 games going into that match.
Stabaek are without forward Franck Boli who is injured and likely to miss several games before he returns to full fitness. There is strong competition for the goalkeeping position at Stabaek, with Indian keeper Singh Sandhu currently in possession of the number one shirt but being put under pressure by Mande Sayouba.
Lillestrom are without Bajram Ajeti, who is suspended for this match. Having scored a hattrick in the win over Tromso, Erling Knudtzon should keep his place in attack alongside Chigozie Udoji.
Top Betting Tips
Given the fact Stabaek have lost only 1 of their 6 home matches in the league this season and Lillestrom have picked up just 1 win on the road, a home victory seems the most likely option. You can get 11/10 for Stabaek to win the match and 5/2 with William Hill for Lillestrom to take maximum points.
Given recent form however, which has seen Stabaek draw their last 2 home league games and Lillestrom draw their last 2 away from home, we could be in for a tight contest, despite what the league table suggests. The draw is on offer at 12/5 with Bet365.
As an addition to this bet, Stabaek have scored just 1 goal in their previous 3 home matches and Lillestrom 1 goal in each of their last 3 away games. The draw and under 2.5 goals is available at 18/5 with Ladbrokes.