Ostersunds FK will take on Sundsvall at the Jamtkraft Arena on Saturday afternoon with kick off set for 5pm. Neither of these two will be particularly pleased with their respective starts to the new season, with the home side in tenth after eleven matches and only four points from the bottom three, whilst their opponents are in an even more precarious position as they hold fourteenth place, three points from Falkenbergs who sit planted at the bottom. The two will be determined to grab all three points here as it could change the complexion of their campaign for the better, however it will not be easy. They have shared the points in recent meetings with two draws and one win a piece, the last of which in favour of Sundsvall by two goals to one in August 2018. There’s plenty to play for in this matchup, and it can be expected to be a great game.
Ostersunds have found themselves in something of a predicament ahead of this clash, losing three of their last five outings and the other two affairs ended as stalemates. A bright beginning to the season has been all but forgotten, where they had been beaten just once in the first eight matches and ran out victors on three occasions. The signs were there though, in the games where they struggled to pick up three points, and now that defeats are arriving thick and fast Ostersunds are being hit hard by bad form. This fixture looks to be the perfect opportunity to not only earn some much needed confidence, but also a chance to create a gap of up to seven points ahead of the bottom three spots. Thankfully, from their point of view, this encounter will take place on home soil where they have been better than when making trips, and due to the fact they have been on the wrong end of a result just once in their five home games they should be ready and waiting to pounce on everything that goes their way in this one.
The away side for this meeting have not been in scintillating form either, and with no wins in six since the beginning of May, they look set to continue that downward spiral for the foreseeable future. Sundsvall have scored more goals than the teams around them on the league table and have conceded less than most others above and below them, however they still occupy third from bottom. Nine points from twelve games in a worrying return, so manager Joel Cedergreen will unquestionably be working out ways to fix the situation. Sundsvall have netted in half of their previous six affairs, suffering defeat in two of the matches in which they have gotten amongst the goals. The only time they have not been on the wrong end of the scoreline in May was when AIK visited the NP3 Arena as both teams bagged once each to share the spoils in what could actually turn out to be a crucial point in their bid for survival. Sundsvall may need to take a look back at what they did earlier in the season to solve this puzzle, as they had not been defeated in four of the opening six matches, scoring in all regardless of the outcome.
Ostersunds FK vs GIF Sundsvall Team News
It is expected that Ostersunds will start the tie with five in either midfield or defence, as they have done so in each of the three previous outings despite the losses. Both times they began with five at the back, Ostersunds shipped a minimum of three goals, so there may be a change here, however it is unlikely the manager will want to implement a new system with things already getting out of hand. There are quite a number of injury concerns for Ostersunds going into this clash with Ronald Mukiibi, Aly Keita, Jerell Sellars, Andrew Mills and Simon Kroon all stuck on the sidelines through injuries.
Sundsvall should not change from their usual 3-4-3 formation in this fixture, though it has not served them well in any of the last four matches. The manager does not look set to avert from his tactics yet however, so more of the same will be expected in terms of set-up. On the injury front, Sundsvall have four members of the squad unavailable for selection: Alexander Blomqvist, Oliver Berg, Omar Eddahri and Chidi Dauda Omeje. Berg is expected to return within the next two months, but it is uncertain when the other three will take to the field again.
Reasons for Ostersunds FK vs GIF Sundsvall Betting Tips
Under 1.5 Goals at 5/2 with Skybet – Sundsvall have not scored more than one goal in any of their last six, and just once in the past nine. Despite shipping many goals, Ostersunds are coming up against a team that rarely find the net and they have bagged under two goals in every single one of their last five.
Ostersunds FK to win at 21/20 with Skybet – Despite not coming out victorious in the past few matches, Ostersunds have been defeated just once at home and have come away with three points twice, the last of which coming against helsingborg in late April. Sundsvall have not gotten on the scoresheet in two of their last three away games, losing five away from home out of seven.