Viking FK vs Haugesund Predictions

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Tip Reasoning

Viking are out to continue their bid for European qualification when they meet Haugesund this weekend. Some recent good form has kept them in the race for the top three and they’ve progressed in the cup, but they can’t stop there as they aim to boost their 2019 campaign. These two local rivals are only two-points apart in the table, but the visitors are coming off back to back defeats. Can they get their season back on track with a result in Friday night’s big clash in the Eliteserien?

Viking drew 1-1 with Mjondalen last weekend, a point which has left them with ground to make up on the sides above them. However, it’s been a dream return to the top flight for the club, who won the second division last term. However, they returned to this level with a weight of expectation. Only current champions Rosenborg have won more top-flight titles than Viking ahead of this campaign. That means they’re expected to make a comfortable return to the top flight and record an impressive finish.

Haugesund were fourth last season, so they’re hoping to repeat that success and make their way into Europe in 2020. They have the Europa League on the horizon, with an upcoming trip to the UK to face either Barry Town or Cliftonville. It hasn’t been the greatest preparation for FKH, who are coming off the back of a 4-1 loss last time out. That was their second consecutive defeat in the league, while they’ve won just once in their last five outings.

The last four league games for Haugesund have all seen both teams score. They’ve been poor at the back, shipping seven goals across their last two defeats. While they come into this clash with one of the best away records in the league, they’ve conceded 1.3 goals per game on their travels. They’ve also seen both teams score in their last four away games across all competitions, while FKH have scored in all but one of their away trips this term.

Seven of the last eight meetings between these two sides have seen over 2.5 goals scored, while they met in March in a clash which Viking won 4-0. The hosts will be aiming to add to their goal tally, having found the net at least twice in six of their last seven matches. With 60% of Viking’s home games seeing at least three goals, we expect an entertaining encounter when these two meet. Over 2.5 goals is our tip, while we’re going with Viking to win 2-1.

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