Viking lost Sunday, 2-1 against Aalesund, but continues in the top zone despite this loss. They receive today Rosenborg BK, who is coming from a win 1-0 over the leader Stromsgodset.
Both teams will have to win to continue in the persecution of the leader Stromsgodset but also knows that will be hard for both teams to win the three points.
Viking lost last Sunday 2-1 at Aalesund and thus dropped to fourth place in the ranking. The so far achieved 23 points from 13 matches makes them be only 6 points behind the leader Stromsgodset. The team of coach Jonevret played a weak match against Aalesund and was halfway through the 2nd half than rightly 2-0. In the final phase Ingelsten scored the goal for Viking, but 2-1 would be the final result. For attacker Ingelsten this was his 3rd goal in 10 league matches. With Olsen, they will have the mission to score goals today. This 29 year-old Norwegian scored five goals this season in 13 matches.
This season is Viking is still unbeaten at home. Of the six home games they won 4 and 2 games end in a draw. Viking scored nine goals and had only three goals conceded. The stats makes them face Rosenborg therefore confidently.
Opponent Rosenborg saw last week Tarik Elyounoussi leave for Hoffenheim. Despite the contract that he signed on Monday, he played against Stromsgodset, even if his sold to the German Bundesliga club this week was almost set. He was at good level for 13 matches this season, scoring 6 goals.
Elyounoussi won his last match with Rosenborg BK. The team from Trondheim dominated the game and won a quite deserved 1-0 over the leader. Rosenborg is now behind Stromsgodset only 2 points. They achieved so far 27 points from 13 matches.
Rosenborg got off to a slow start, but is currently performing at a good level and they are at the top. In the last 5 matches also won 13 points and only lost points against Molde at home (0-0). Against Stromsgodset the team failed two clear chances but they showed a strong defense. As a replacement for Elyounoussi, they bought in the last week the striker Soderlund to Haugesund. He and Bille Nielsen must decide who will have to come and play in the center of the attack.
Sunday will be an important game between two teams that are at the top zone. Viking FK is strong on their own field and lost no games on their own stadium. Opponent Rosenborg has found his form and is just 2 points behind leader Stromsgodset. The defense is very strong and gives hardly any chances away. The question is how the team’s departure Elyounoussi going to catch on.
I expect here a balanced game with two teams approaching the game carefully but with Rosenborg showing why they don’t lose at Viking since 205, getting since then in official games, five wins and three draws.