Heading into week 17 of the Swedish Allsvenskan and there is little between BK Hacken and Orebro heading into their meeting on Monday night. The teams finished 10th and 9th in the league respectively last season and as things stand, it looks as though both clubs will be in the same positions come the end of this campaign.
Hacken come into this match sitting 8th in the league table, 2 points clear of Orebro who are in 10th place. A win, with results going their way could see Hacken potentially move up to 5th place.
A win for Orebro will see them move above Hacken and Hammarby into 8th place.
Hacken will feel they can make a push for the European places towards the end of the season and need to win this game if that is to become a reality.
They have lost only 4 of their 16 games played but have only won 6, with the remaining 6 matches ending in a draw. However, 3 of their 4 defeats have come in their last 6 games and they need to turn things around quickly.
Home form has been inconsistent and Hacken have won 2 of their last 5 home games, drawing 1 and losing 2.
Orebro have won the same number of games as Hacken this season but have lost 2 more and this is the only difference between them.
However, Orebro have been in better form recently than their opponents and have won 4, drawn 2 and lost only 1 of their previous 7 Allsvenskan games. Interestingly, 5 of those 7 games have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
Away form paints a different picture for Orebro and have they won just 1 match on the road all season. Their record reads 1 win, 3 draws and 4 defeats away from home and this will give some encouragement to Hacken.
Hacken manager Mikael Stahre will be without central defender Jasmin Sudic who is still injured. With no other major injury concerns expect to see Hacken line up with a 4-4-2 formation, with Alexander Farnerud and Chisom Egbuchunam up-front.
Orebro will be without midfielder Divine Naah who has returned to parent club Manchester City following the end of his loan spell. They are also expected to start in a 4-4-2 with the Nigerian duo of Michael Omoh and Kennedy Igboananike providing an attacking threat.
Top Betting tips
Given Orebro’s poor away record, this is a chance for Hacken to get back to winning ways at home and make it 3 wins from their last 5 home league games. Hacken are 8/11 with Ladbrokes to win the game.
Although Orebro have seen plenty of goals in their last 7 away games, the last 6 meetings between these teams have each seen under 2.5 goals scored and we could be in for another close game. Hacken to win and under 2.5 goals is 4/1 with Ladbrokes.
Nahir Besara has scored almost a third of Orebro’s goals in the Allsvenskan this season. If they are to score, he is sure to be involved and you can get 7/2 with Ladbrokes for the Swede to score at any time.