Sandefjord are a club who have spent recent seasons moving up and down the divisions in Norwegian football. Having won promotion to the top-flight in 2014, they were immediately relegated the following season. Last season they finished second in the OBOS Ligaen and won promotion back to the Eliteserien.
Currently sitting 8th in the league table, Sandefjord will be hoping to remain in the Eliteserien this season and maybe even finish towards the top three places. Sogndal have also spent time in the First Division recently, having been relegated from the Eliteserien in 2014. They won promotion the following year by winning the division and remained in the Eliteserien last season, finishing in 11th place.
Sandefjord come into this match on the back of wining their last 2 Eliteserien games. There was a good 3-0 home win over Tromso followed by an equally impressive 3-1 away win at Stabaek.
These two wins have seen a turnaround in form for Sandefjord who before that had won only 1 of their 8 league games. However, at home they have been tough to beat for much of the season and have lost only 1 of their previous 7 Eliteserien games. There have been 5 clean sheets in those 7 league games and Sandefjord have proven tough for teams to break down on their own pitch.
Sogndal have won 1 of their previous 5 Eliteserien games and failed to win any of their last 3 games in the league. There have been defeats to Rosenborg and Odd, which were expected given the league positions of the teams but the 1-1 draw at Viking was disappointing in a game Sogndal were hoping to win.
Sogndal will not be looking forward to this match having struggled badly away from home this season. They have picked up just a single win on their travels in 9 away Eliteserien games. There have been 5 defeats and 3 draws, meaning Sogndal have picked up just 6 points from a possible 27 on the road this season. They have kept one clean sheet in those 9 games.
Sandefjord will not want to make many changes to the team which has done well in recent weeks. Therefore, expect to see them start in a 3-5-2 formation, with Erik Mjelde and Flamur Kastrati up-front. Sogndal will look to their win at Molde for inspiration and this could mean a start for Martin Ramsland as the lone striker, with support from Eirik Schulze in midfield.
Top Betting tips
If Sandefjord can win this match, they have the potential to move up as high as 5th in the league table. They are in better form than Sogndal and can be backed at 21/20 with Ladbrokes. Having kept 5 clean sheets in their 8 home league games this season, Sandefjord will be confident of winning this game to nil. The fact Sogndal have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 5 away games will add to the hosts belief. Sandefjord to win to nil is 11/4 with Ladbrokes. Three of Sandefjord’s four home wins this season have been by a 2-goal margin and you can get 10/1 with William Hill for them to win this match 2-0.