Our prediction for this Norway Eliteserien match:
Sarpsborg and Brann face each other in a highly-anticipated clash at Sarpsborg Stadion. Sarpsborg made a slow start to the season, with the team suffering a loss in each of their first four league fixtures. The atmosphere in the home team’s dressing room is anything but good, and seeing that the number of spectators is limited, home win should not be considered.
Brann, on the other hand, have been impressive in front of goal at the start of the 2020 Eliteserien campaign, and given Sarpsborg’s current form, anything but an away win will be a major surprise. A man to keep an eye on in Lars Arne Nilsen’s team will be Ivory Coast international Bamba, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The 25-year-old attacker has already netted three goals in the Norway top flight this season.
Highlighted Player (Kristoffer Larsen):
Kristoffer Larsen is a Norwegian footballer who played for Vestsiden-Askoy IL at youth level. In 2011 he joined Brann and after scoring 11 goals in 91 appearances in the league for the Norwegian club, he moved to Denmark in 2016, signing a deal with Lyngby.
Larsen, who was born in Bergen (Norway) on January 19, 1992, played 41 games for the Danish club before returning to Norway. The pacey winger signed a contract with Sarpsborg 08 at the end of the 2017/2018 season and, as a result, he will participate in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages.
Kristoffer Larsen’s favourite position is left winger, but he is used as a right winger as well. Larsen, who has yet to earn a cap for the Norwegian national football team, wears No. 19 shirt at Sarpsborg. It has to be noted that his preferred foot is right and that his contract with Sarpsborg 08 should expire in June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Sarpsborg 08):
Sarpsborg 08 are a Norwegian side which won the domestic cup six times. In the 2018/2019 season Sarpsborg booked their place in the Europa League group stages, with the team facing the likes of Besiktas, Genk and Malmo in Group I. It has to be noted that they made it to the group stages of the competition by beating the likes of IBV, St. Gallen, Rijeka and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the qualifiers.
The club was founded in January, 2008 and they play their home games at Sarpsborg Stadion, which can hold 6,833 spectators. Sarpsborg 08 have yet to win the national championship, but they finished the 2017 season in third place in the standings, 10 points behind champions Rosenborg.
The Norwegian side play their home games in blue shirts with white stripes, whilst they wear green shirts with black stripes on the travels. Sarpsborg 98 played in Norwegian third tier at the start of the 21st century, but they quickly secured promotion to the elite division.