Kalmar VS AIK Prediction
AIK travels for Kalmar where both Swedish clubs will renew their Allsvenskan season after the summer break around UEFA Euro 2016.
Visitors from Stockholm have already renewed their competitive football with the first qualifying round in the UEFA Europa League where AIK eliminated Bala Town (Wales) with 4:0 on aggregate, respectively after two 2-0 wins. Surely one serious warm up for Rikard Norling’s men who are on five points behind current Allsvenskan leaders Malmö FF. AIK is on fourth position before round 13 to begin and “Gnaget” will host on Malmö FF next weekend, so they virtually have good chance to shorten the distance from Allsvenskan’s top. First of all they must hope to scoop all points from Kalmar as few days later they’ll face against Europa FC from Gibraltar (at home) in 2nd qualifying round in the UEL. Opportunity for a wonderful week for club from Stockholm.
Hosts from Kalmar will play its first competitive game since end of May when they won against Falkenberg (away) and the 2-1 win moved “The Red brothers” to 9th position, where they have celebrated their 106th anniversary in middle of June.
Kalmar welcomes AIK without two key players – Papa Diouf is injured and he’ll be unavailable at least till end of September due to torn knee ligament. Bad injury which rules one of the top players in Peter Swärdh’s selection, but situation up front became even worse after Marcus Antonsson’s transfer to Leeds United. The 25-year-old Antonsson is not only top goal scorer of Kalmar, but of Swedish Allsvenskan at all, as he scored 10 goals in first 12 rounds. However, Leeds United paid more than 2 million euro for his services and that was really tempting deal for Kalmar.
Thus home team coach Peter Swärdh remains without two of his top three scorers and this undoubtedly reduces attacking quality and all chances of Kalmar here. They have won 16 points after the first 12 rounds and scored 18 goals in them, but 13 of them were netted exactly by Diouf and Antonsson.
AIK surely know how to take advantage from the situation in Kalmar’s attack and since they’re obviously the team with more quality, better attacking perspectives and in better shape after these two Europa League encounters in last 10 days. Now they have more upcoming but we believe that both Allsvenskan rounds between first Europa League match vs Europa FC will be with higher priority for AIK and they’ll hope to climb higher in Allsvenskan standings.
Carlos Strandberg (7 goals) looks as the biggest threat for Kalmar’s defense and Rikard Norling can be glad that he can pick from between two attackers for partner of Strandberg in AIK’s 4-4-2 formation. Denni Avdić has ended his goal drought in Thursday night when AIK won in Wales and this was his first goal since end of February. This may earn him starting position in Sunday at the expense of Alexander Isak.
AIK have their best men available except right-back Haukur Hauksson, who was in Iceland’s Euro 2016 selection, so he may have some rest after the absolute triumph for Icelandic football and the relevant quarter-final breakthrough. Nevertheless, Daniel Sundgren covers his absence and so far so good – AIK travel for Kalmar after four consecutive clean sheets and five in their last six games. Two of all four clean sheets were against Bala Town and two others were in the domestic league before the pause – goalless draw vs Örebro and 1:0 win vs Gefle (away). In most of these games Rikard Norling started with Sundgren and young Ghanaian back Patrick Kpozo, so we believe that he holds adequate replacements of Hauksson, so odds on AIK are more than attractive.
Our betting selection goes for the away team and we recommend pledge on them but with Asian Handicap 0 for AIK. .
Referee: Glenn Nyberg.
Venue: “Guldfågeln Arena”, Kalmar.
Possible starting squads of Kalmar FF and AIK Solna
Kalmar FF: Ole Söderberg – Viktor Agardius, Viktor Elm, Marko Biskupovic, Emin Nouri – Jonathan Ring, Ismael Silva Lima, Tobias Eriksson, Romarinho – David Elm, Lumala Abdu. (4-4-2)
AIK Solna: Patrik Carlgren – Daniel Sundgren, Sauli Väisänen, Nils-Eric Johansson, Patrick Kpozo – Johan Blomberg, Anton Salétros, Ebenezer Ofori, Ahmed Yasin – Carlos Strandberg, Denni Avdić. (4-4-2)