The Nya Ullevi stadium will host a clash between two contrasting sides on Saturday afternoon, with the hosts enjoying a much better spell of form compared to their opponents. In second place, Goteborg will be expected to come out of this one unharmed and with all three points, however the visitors will have aims of their own and with the relegation places looming large two spots below, they will be absolutely desperate to take an unexpected victory from this encounter. History favours Goteborg though due to the team not losing in this matchup in any of the four previous games including the pair, winning twice and drawing twice. Last time out, the match ended with both sides earning a point in a thrilling 3-3 result.
Since Goteborgs defeat at the hands of Djurgarden in mid-April Poya Asbaghi’s men have risen to their expectations, not suffering a single loss in the eight following matches. Fans will know that the pressure in going to build due to the two sides below them exacting the same amount of points, meaning that the Europa League qualification places are well up for grabs. Having not been beaten on home soil at all throughout this campaign, they will be aware of how supporters may react if the game does not go their way, and Goteborg will see this fixture as a must win if they wish to keep second spot in the league table and earn a spot in next season’s Europa League. Recent results have seen them drop some points, including the stalemates against table toppers Malmo and when hosting Hammarby, both of which finished goalless as none of the teams could break the deadlock. In their most immediate matchup though, Goteburg got back on track with a solid 2-1 away seeing off of Hacken. Despite losing pace with Malmo, whom they are currently six points behind, Goteburg can give themselves a chance to close the gap here.
Orebro have not quite enjoyed the same quality of results as their upcoming opponents this season, losing six of the eleven matches they have played and conceding a total of twenty goals. There have been some good performances in and amongst those disappointing ones, such as the 1-3 away win over Ostersunds where they held onto their lead in spite of a second half fight back from the home team, and the brace from Jake Larsson versus GIF Sundsvall to seal a vital three points against their fellow strugglers. Orebro boss Axel Kjall will be slightly worried for his team, even at this early stage of the season, particularly in terms of his defence. Orebro concede the second most goals per game in the league on average with 1.8, only Falkenbergs FF and AFC United average more. Not only that, but with only eleven games played they have amassed eleven yellow cards, displaying a clear disciplinary issue within the camp. No doubt, this could be caused by their position on the standings however it will need to be addressed for their own good.
IFK Goteborg vs Orebro Team News
Goteborg have stuck with a 4-3-3 formation in each of their last two outings, and prior to that they had been switching between various other set-ups. In this one they are likely to go for either 3-5-2 or 4-3-3 as they have been the most predominant in recent weeks, with Lasse Vibe leading the line and Andre Calisir and Carl Starfelt at the heart of the defence. August Erlingmark will sit this one out due to suspension, while Amin Affane and Erik Dahlin are likely to watch from the stands as both men are currently carrying injuries.
Orebro’s injury list has only grown as the season has worn on, and although it is still very early in the campaign the amount of casualties is very concerning. Amongst the players who will miss out are Daniel Bjornkvist, Johan Martensson, Agon Mehmeti, Dennis Collander, Martin Broberg and Fabio De Sousa Silva. They will probably start with a 4-4-2 formation as that has seen them come away with three points in each of their last two away games, scoring at least twice in both affairs.
Reasons for IFK Goteborg vs Orebro Betting Tips
BTTS “No” at 5/6 with SkyBet – Goteborg have kept a clean sheet in two of their last three games, although they did not score in either of those matches, while Orebro did not score last time out against Sirius where they were beaten.
IFK Goteborg to Win to Nil at 13/10 with Skybet – Goteborg have not conceded in four of their five home matches this season, winning twice to nil, whereas Orebro have not won in three of their five away matches, failing to score in three of their six losses up to now.