Our prediction for this Norway Eliteserien match:
Sarpsborg 08 are determined to avoid relegation to the Norwegian second tier. Geir Bakke’s troops did well to beat Valerenga in their last home game in the Eliteserien, but they failed to impress in a 3-0 loss at Odd at the weekend. Sarpsborg 08 undisputedly produce much better showings at home than on the travels and the fact that they are undefeated in previous six home games in the national championship is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Stabaek.
The Blue Ones, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to league leaders Molde, but considering that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Geir Bakke’s men. You should bear in mind that Sarpsborg managed to find the net in each of their last seven home fixtures in the Norwegian elite division.
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.