Well, I don’t like the odds, but it is what it is. Helsingborg has, so far, been the most unconvincing team and they just don’t look prepared for the start of the league.
Helsingborg will meet with Elfsborg in the third round, but it doesn’t look their luck will change. Helsingborg was just crushed in their home match against the newcomers Varbergs with a clear 3:0. They created very little while Varberg had no problems hitting them on the counter.
Helsingborg was bad in the first match, but they were just awful in the second one. It was a one way street against Kalmar which outshot them 17:1. No effort on goal whatsoever. If the coach Mellberg could change al 11 players, he would. Thy lost with 4:0 against a team that doesn’t have big offensive power.
Elfsborg started well. They won over Goteborg away in the first match, and they just took their chances. The second match was a draw against the prolific Hammarby, which isn’t bad. Especially since they trailed till the end but managed to score for a 2:2 draw. The striker Frick looks in great form with two goals so far. The defence looks good so far.
Elfsborg has a good time against Helsingborg recently, and they won 4 of the last 5. They also won the last two visits here.
The home side, besides horrific form, has big absences. Lindegaard, Hurk, Abubakari, Hendriksson, Persson, Grandqvist, Tsouka, Olsson, Landgren are injured. The important Diskerud is also a doubt.
Elfsborg fielded the same 11 in the previous two matches. They will miss Nilsen and Kaib who haven’t played.
Elfsborg has the upper hand regarding the form and confidence. Helsingborg is the worst team so far, and I expect them to lose.