With most major football leagues across Europe currently enjoying a well-deserved break, in order to find top-flight action, we must head to Scandinavia, with the Swedish Allsvenskan to be precise. League leaders Malmo FF travel to mid-table BF Haecken on Saturday evening, hoping to stretch their lead at the top of the table, with nearest rivals IFK Norrkoeping not in action until Sunday.
A win for the visitors would see them move six-point clear, however the home side have already demonstrated their prowess in front of their own fans this season. Let’s take a look at the two teams, as well as our top betting tip for the encounter.
Currently sitting in seventh position in the table, Haecken have performed fairly well so far thi season, picking up five wins from their opening twelve fixtures. Despite now being at the age of 33, former wonder kid, Alexander Farnerud, is still the team’s main focal point, having starred since his arrival in Gothenburg last year. Elsewhere, Brazilian striker Paulinho is another man to look out for, with the 31-year-old having scored 21 goals in two years with Haecken. Haecken have the joint best defensive record in the Swedish top-flight, with scoring goals having been their main problem this year.
Last year’s title winners make the relatively short trip to Gothenburg in the hope of securing a fourth straight win. Having won nine of their thirteen matches so far, scoring 23 goals in the process, Magnus Pehrsson’s men are looking almost unstoppable once again. With the likes of Markus Rosenberg, Pawel Cibicki and former Manchester United youngster Magnus Wolff Eikrem in their side, they have the talent to defeat any team in the division on their day.
Top Betting Tip
Despite Haecken’s home form this season, it is difficult to look beyond a fourth consecutive league win for Malmo FF, with Pawel Cibicki set to once again be their biggest danger in attack. As a result, our top betting tip for the encounter is to back an away win, with Ladbrokes offering best odds of 7/5.