At 2pm on Sunday afternoon AIK and Hammarby will go head to head at the Friends Arena with both sides looking to continue their solid opening to the season. The home side sit in fourth place going into this weekend’s fixtures, level on points with Djurgarden and IFK Goteborg in second and third place respectively as all three can boast 21 up to now. The Europa League qualification spots are within touching distance for AIK and a victory here would ensure that the fight would go on through to next week. For the visitors, it is a matter of keeping pace with the others battling it out for Europa League football as they are positioned in sixth after eleven fixtures and two points behind their upcoming opponents. Recent matchups between this pair suggest that AIK should come out on top having been victorious twice in the last three encounters, however Hammarby have come away with three points away from home versus AIK before and will be looking to do it again here.
Following a mediocre beginning to this season, AIK have finally found their feet and begun winning consistently. Towards the start of the campaign, Rikard Norling’s men won only two of the first six outings, losing twice and drawing twice in that time. Since then though, AIK have taken thirteen points from five matches and kept two clean sheets in the past four games, scoring in each. This should be no cause for complacency from them, despite Hammarby’s poor form away from home. The chance to potentially go four points clear of fifth place Hacken and cement their spot in the top three is right there in front of them, and a club as big as AIK should always be in and amongst the European spots, if not competing in Europe to some degree. It is at home where they have excelled too, winning four of the five opponents pitted against them and conceding only two goals, netting seven times themselves. They should not take victory for granted however as a loss here could put their season in jeopardy and allow their visitors to leap over them.
Hammarby supporters can be extremely happy with how their team has responded to a disappointing start, not losing in any of their six affairs since the end of April. Four wins and two stalemates have arrived during that time, with three clean sheets and one goal scored in all but one of the matches. Despite the positive attitude that surrounds the club right now, it is their away form that may cost them in the end. Just one win in five on their opponents soil is not quite good enough for a team aiming for the Europa League places, although the fact that they have drawn twice will give them confidence. If other results go the way Hammarby desire, they could find that third spot is theirs and there is a possibility that they will be only six points from league leaders Malmo, though it is unlikely to happen. Hammarby’s winning streak came to an end when IFK Goteborg welcomed them to the Nya Ullevi Stadium as neither side could break the deadlock, and last time out they again failed to come away with three points when IFK Norrkoping held them to a 2-2 draw.
AIK vs Hammarby Team News
AIK have lined up with three at the back in four of their last five matches, and 3-5-2 has been the most prevalent formation having been used in three of those games. However, it is likely that AIK will shift to either 4-4-2 or 3-4-3 as they prefer to give a bit more freedom to the opposition when playing on home soil. There are four injury worries for AIK ahead of this meeting as Joel Ekstrand, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Robert Lundstrom and Jesper Nyholm each carry problems. The latter three have returned to training, so they may show up in some capacity.
Reasons for AIK vs Hammarby Betting Tips
BTTS at 10/11 with Skybet – AIK have found the net in each of their last five outings, amassing a total of nine goals during that time. Hammarby have netted in every single game this season bar one, a mightily impressive feat considering they even bagged in the crushing loss at the hands of Malmo.
AIK to win at 1/1 with Skybet – AIK are yet to suffer defeat on home soil this season and have come away with four wins from five home fixtures, scoring seven and conceding only twice. Hammarby have struggled to get results on their travels, failing to win four of their five encounters when visiting opponents and they have a negative goal difference on -3 away from home.