AIK Solna v IF Elfsborg – Allsvenskan Betting Preview + Prediction
25 Apr 2016, Friends Arena , 17:00 GMT +0
With the poor start of the season, the pressure on the home team is big for this game. AIK are going for a win against Elfsborg but will have a cautious mentality, with hopes to play more convincingly in the defensive line compared to the last game. Coach Andreas Alm is having a lot of problems with team injuries and AIK are going to have to play without their key player Ebenezer Ofori. The midfielder was one of the best players last season and his absence will be a huge setback for AIK. Their defensive midfielder, Dickson Etuhu was also a big reason to the strong season last year and the midfielder is also out with an injury. Even if the team are under a lot of pressure and the confidence is low after the big loss against Norrköping, they’ll be highly motivated against Elfsborg. This is a game that means a lot for the future season, and they’re in a situation when they really need these three points.
Elfsborg have been involved at the top of the table in recent years in Allsvenskan and have not started the season this weak since 2005. Coach Magnus Haglund is definitely feeling the pressure before this one, which he will show with starting the game with a more cautious mentality. They still have their centre back injured. Joakim Nilsson has not been able to play the last two games and this has been noticeable, since the defensive line has had weak efforts. The team are also forced to a change in the line up since Henning Hauger is out with an injury and Thomas Kind Bendiksen is expected to replace him. Elfsborg plays their second game on natural grass this season, the first one ended in a loss. Last year Elfsborg won only one of seven games on natural grass.
A win is needed for AIK and I am sure they’ll not settle for a draw against Elfsborg. Take AIK -0.25 with additional security in case of a draw.
Prediction: AIK -0.25
Odds: 1.92 Pinnacle