Place: Iceland . Reykjavík. Hlíðarendi Stadium.
Date: on the 11th of July, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 21:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League, 1st qualification round.
Rosenborg (the head coach Kåre Ingebrigtsen)
According to initial draw procedure, in one of the pairs of the first round of the Champions League qualification we have received Northern derby with participation of champions of Norway and Iceland. Of course, this is one of the most interesting matches of the current stage as both teams are playing in the summer championships and therefore are in perfect form.
According to the results of the first circle of the Norwegian Elitserien, the Kings of Trondheim have 30 points (+9=3-3) and take the second place in the champion race. At the end of the first circle the game of the team of Kåre Ingebrigtsen had experienced certain regression and therefore it has lost two matches in a row and this happens with Rosenborg extremely seldom. But, in two last rounds the defending champion of the country has recovered again and has scored six points in meetings with Vålerenga (3:0) and Sandefjord (1:0). As we see, in these matches the gates of Andre Hansen remained unsealed.
At the time of writing this prediction, the result of the Saturday match is still unknown. However here the possible victory of the kings of Trondheim doesn’t raise any doubts.
Valur (the head coach Ólafur Jóhannesson )
The modern championship of Iceland (Pepsi League) is a tournament of twelve best teams, five of which represent the capital of the country – Reykjavík. However, recently the capital clubs have yielded the palm of victory to provincial teams – Hafnarfjarðar, FH and to Stjarnan.
And only last season Valur has managed to return to Reykjavík the champion’s title. The team of Ólafur Jóhannesson in twenty two rounds has won fifteen times and as a result is ahead of Stjarnan with twelve points (50 against 38).
The champion (25 points) and the vice-champion (22 points) also take two leading places in Pepsi League. However, Stjarnan has one more game to play that is, by the lost points the provincial club doesn’t concede to the leader.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Valur vs Rosenborg
With all respect for the modern championship of Iceland and its winner Valur, the level of the game of the grandee of the Norwegian football Rosenborg is much higher. And therefore the opinion of bookmakers as about the favorite of the forthcoming meeting is obvious: Valur – 7.50, Rosenborg – 1.45.
We doubt that now someone can doubt that the champion of Norway will get into the 2nd qualification round. Moreover, Kåre Ingebrigtsen has said in his last interview, that his team is ready in the first away match to resolve all questions. Undoubtedly, it is difficult to believe that the favorite will win with the large score but the bet on the minimum asian handicap (-1) of the guests seems to be quite real.