Our prediction for this Norway Eliteserien match:
After suffering three consecutive defeats in the Eliteserien, Viking will be looking to give fans some cheer when they welcome Sarpsborg at their SR-Bank Arena on Wednesday evening. The dark blues suffered a dip in form, but they will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways as they take on the relegation-threatened side in front of home fans.
Sarpsborg are on a seven-game winless run in all competitions, meaning that the lack of confidence is likely to prove to be a big problem for the visiting team in the midweek fixture. Viking are determined to get back on course and we believe that the time has come for Bjarne Berntsen’s troops to prove their worth on the field. In their last meeting at SR-Bank Arena Viking recorded a 2-1 win over Sarpsborg, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts.
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.