Kristiansund is coming to this one well-motivated, as they were able to record a 0:2 victory in the last round against Sandefjord, playing away from home.
The first part went by in a very aggressive approach by the visitors, who crowned their good appearance with a goal from the penalty in the 37th minute, which was executed by Pellegrino. In the continuation, the home side was in the control of the ball but lacked the ideas on how to score an equalizer. The guests haven’t those problems, as they were able to score one more time, again over Pellegrino, and set the final result in this one.
Kristiansund currently occupies 5th place in the standings, having four points less than third-placed Odd and exit for Europa.
Goalkeeper McDermott remains out without playing so far, while midfielder Pal Ulvestad (10/0) also remains out. Defender Dan Ulvestad (15/2) is doubtful, as well as midfielder Diop (7/0).
Viking too is approaching this match with positive thoughts, as they were able to defeat slightly favored Molde in the last round with a 3:2 result, playing at their home. All the action in this one was seen in the second part when a true goalscoring rhapsody occurred.
The hosts took the lead first in the 58th minute over Berisha but conceded an equalizer only nine minutes later. Five minutes afterward the home team again took the lead via Ibrahimaj and raised it to 3:1 in the 76th over Torsteinbo. The visitors were able to reduce the deficit to 3:2 in the added time over Ellingsen, who redeemed for his fellow player James, who missed a penalty prior to that.
With this victory, Viking finds themselves in the 10th place, comfortable in the safe zone, but too far from the European exit places.
The guests continue to miss goalkeeper Austbo (6/0), defender Hove (3/0), and another defensive Bjorshol who didn’t play so far anyway.
Goals should be all over the game
If we take a brief look at the history of matches of these two teams we can see that they are quite the effective ones, but also concede very easily. In my opinion, a similar scenario should occur in this one, as apparently, that is their style of play.
It is safe to say that both teams will score in this one, probably more than once, as both of them find their comfort in the offense, while their defense is a bit fragile at the moment. The hosts are set to attack here, while the visitors definitely have the means to respond to that.