Norway Tippeligaen – Stabaek v Sogndal Preview (3/7/16)

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Stabaek preview

The hosts have been a shadow of their former selves this season. In 2015 they were brilliant, even pushing Rosenborg close to the title under the management of Bob Bradley. Eventually they finished third but considering the resources available it was a tremendous achievement. This term, things have been much more complicated and they are currently situated on just 10 points having lost a whopping 9/13 games, more than any Continue reading

Norway Tippeligaen – Molde v Viking Preview (3/7/16)

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Molde preview

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men suffered two crippling defeats prior to the summer break. The first was a 0-2 loss at Odd and the second was a gut wrenching 1-3 reverse away at bitter rivals Rosenborg. As a result, they now sit a massive eight points adrift of the defending champions and three behind Odd. I look at the Molde squad on paper and I feel it should be challenging Rosenborg a bit closer, maybe with a strong second Continue reading

Norway Tippeligaen – Valerenga v Odd Preview (3/7/16)

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Valerenga preview

I think it’s fair to say Valerenga had a nightmare first half of the season compared to what they expected. Things got off to a bad start with problems both on and off the field. They lost their first four league games and although things improved a bit, manager Kjetil Rekdal will be the first to admit they’ve underachieved. Maybe things have settled down for the Oslo side during this summer break. They are winless Continue reading

Norway Tippeligaen – Bodo Glimt v Rosenborg Preview (2/7/16)

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Bodo Glimt preview

The northern outfit started the season well, but a terrible run of results left them third bottom of the table at the start of the summer break. In total, Bodo have lost 8 of their last 10 games and an horrendous spell of six consecutive defeats, the worst losing run of anyone in the Tippeligaen so far this year. Bodo haven’t actually looked like a bad side at times. They retained a similar identity that they had Continue reading

Norway Tippeligaen – Haugesund v Start Preview (2/7/16)

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Haugesund preview

FKH have been one of the surprises of the season and have generally impressed many people with their unusual style of play. Manager Mark Dempsey uses a 3-5-1 formation, which you don’t see much of in any league, let alone Norway. So they are a breathe of fresh air in many ways but have actually managed to pick up results. FKH sit seventh in the table and are unbeaten at home so far this season. They managed to come from Continue reading

Norway Tippeligaen – Lillestrom v Tromso Preview (1/7/16)

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Lillestrom preview

Key goalkeeper Arnold Origi is out ‘indefinitely’ with injury and this is a big blow. Origi is one of the best custodians in the league and is usually worth quite a few points for LSK during a season. In the three games he missed so far this season, they conceded eight goals and his presence at the back is massive. Upfront, there’s been a lot of attention on Fred Friday Continue reading

USA MLS – Portland Timbers v Houston Dynamo Preview (26/6/16)

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Saturday night review: – It was an excellent night with three winners and just a half loser. Sporting Kansas City played better than I expected and so I don’t really have too many bad feelings about that match. It looked like Orlando blew yet another chance to win, but a Kaka penalty in the 100th minute won them the game against TFC. Overall, very satisfied with the night, even if I might have missed out on Dallas winning comfortably.

Portland preview

The Timbers haven’t exactly enjoyed a great campaign so far, but the defending champions do head into this match unbeaten in four games. The big weakness has been in defence where only one clean sheet has been preserved. But they’ve looked Continue reading