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The Eliteserien tie at Sparebanken Sør Arena on Sunday will see hosts Start ready themselves for the visit of Stabæk.
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Start prepare for this fixture following on from a 1-1 Eliteserien stalemate vs SK Brann.
Ali Ahamada (28' Own goal) and Gilbert Koomson (41') scored for SK Brann.
Fewer than three goals per game were seen in 5 of the past 6 fixtures where Start have been participants. With regard to the goal weighting during this period, their opponents scored a total of 9 and Start totted up 2. We will find out if that trend will end up being continued on into this next match.
Taking a look at their past results, Start:
- have not been beaten in the league by Stabæk in their last 2 matches.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches at home.
- are without a home win in the past 5 matches in the league. That's never good.
Stabæk will go into the meeting following on from a 1-3 Eliteserien win versus Aalesunds FK in their last game.
For Stabæk, the goals were scored by Kosuke Kinoshita (7'), Oliver Edvardsen (60') and Andreas Hanche-Olsen (87'). Simen Nordli (42') was the scorer for Aalesunds FK.
The stats don’t lie, and Stabæk have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 10 goals in total. Defensively, De Blaa have not been doing too well.
Coming into this meeting, Stabæk haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head clashes going back to 04/07/2015 tells us that Start have won 2 of them and Stabæk 3, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 23 overall which averages out at 3.83 goals per match.
The last league contest featuring the two was Eliteserien match day 16 on 08/07/2018 which finished with the scoreline of Start 2-1 Stabæk.
On that day, Start managed 48% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Goals were scored by Kevin Kabran (60') and Afeez Aremu (61').
Stabæk got 13 shots on goal with 6 on target. Tonny Brochmann (49') scored.
The referee was Tom Harald Hagen.
Team News: Start
Adeleke Akinyemi (Ankle Injury) and Henrik Gjesdal (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be available for Start boss Jóhannes Harðarson.
It seems likely that Start look set to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation for this one, utilising Jonas Deumeland, Kristoffer Tønnessen, Vegard Bergan, Jesper Daland, Eirik Wichne, Eirik Schulze, Isaac Twum, Kevin Kabran, Eman Markovic, Mathias Bringaker and Steffen Skålevik.
Team News: Stabæk
Stabæk boss Jan Jönsson has a number of players out of action. Matthew Rusike (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Jeppe Moe (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are not able to play.
We believe De Blaa seem likely to play in a 4-3-3 system with a starting lineup of Markus Sandberg, Jørgen Øveraas, Andreas Hanche-Olsen, Mats Solheim, Emil Jonassen, Hugo Vegard Vetlesen, Tortol Lumanza Lembi, Magnus Lundal, Kornelius Normann Hansen, Oliver Valaker Edvardsen and Kosuke Kinoshita.
We’re inclined to think that Stabæk and Start may both struggle to make a breakthrough here.
Let’s see how this one goes, but it looks this could be a game with minimal goal-scoring opportunities. We therefore see a very competitive game with a 0-0 scoreline at the end of this game.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sparebanken Sør Arena (14,563)
Captain: Erlend Segberg
Chairman: Christopher Langeland
Manager: Jóhannes Harðarson
Competitions: Eliteserien position 15
⭐ Key Man: Mathias Bringaker
Customarily played in the Striker position, Mathias Bringaker was born in Jørpeland, Norway. Having made his senior debut playing for Viking FK in the 2016 season, the gifted Forward has scored 3 league goals in the Eliteserien 2020 season to date from a total of 9 appearances.