Norrkoping finally managed to record a positive result in the last round against Goteborg, after a five matches winless streak. Playing as a visiting team, they defeated the hosts with a 1:3 result, in a match that was quite balanced, even though the result isn’t saying so.
With goals in the 4th and the 30th minute, the guests took the double lead in the first part, but it can not be said that they outplayed the hosts, as they too had several very nice chances. In the second part of the match, Goteborg managed to reduce the deficit with a goal in the 61st minute, but they simply missed too much. The visitors were able to add one more to the scoreboard in the 76th minute via Levi and take an important three-pointer.
Norrkoping occupies 4th place in the overall standings, only two points behind Djurgarden, and a ticket for Europa League.
The hosts should continue missing long-term absentee midfielder Khazeni (no performance so far). Midfielder Levi (13/3) should be ready for all ninety minutes of football, while forward Sema (2/0) probably misses out due to injury.
Hacken justified the role of a favorite in the last match against Varbergs when they were able to walk away with a 2:1 home victory. They started the match in the best possible way, as they scored very early, already in the 10th minute over Soderlund.
The result could be more convincing in the hosts’ favor after the first part, as they missed a great number of opportunities. The second part was more balanced, as both teams were effective once. The home team raised their lead in the 63rd minute over Bengtsson, while the visitors managed to score in the late phase of the match, more precisely in the fourth minute of added time only.
Hacken, with this victory, is at 6th place, three points behind European placed Djurgarden, so we can expect an aggressive approach in this one out of them.
They should miss goalkeeper Abrahamsson (12/0), defender Sverisson (1/0), as well as midfielders Maric (7/0) and Youssef (11/1) due to injuries.
No holding back
Both teams have a really nice chance in this clash to get more seriously involved in the race for Europa. There is no obvious quality gap here, as both of them are more than capable to be dangerous on many occasions. Norrkoping should start attacking from the very start, but Hacken knows they can’t afford to stay back.