Rosenborg VS IFK Norrkoping Prediction
We have Scandinavian derby early in the UEFA Champions League qualifying when round two meets Rosenborg and IFK Norrköping. First leg between champions of Norway and Sweden will be held at “Lerkendal Stadion” in Trondheim where Rosenborg won over Sarpsborg 08 (5:2) in Saturday evening.
Hosts from Trondheim won the Norwegian Tippeligaen in 2015 and they’ve returned at the UEFA Champions League wave for the first time after 2011 when they were eliminated by Viktoria Plzeň in the qualifying. Five years later Rosenborg is “back to its roots” and Kåre Ingebrigtsen’s men are occupying the first Tippeligaen position after half of the season has already passed. Thus Rosenborg aims to double on domestic turf but we’re pretty sure that “Troillongan” are entirely dedicated on idea to fight for Champions League position, or at least to avoid second round elimination, which will end their European hopes so early.
News in IFK Norrköping before their Champions League return
IFK Norrköping will cross the border to Norway for their first European night since season 2000–01, when they were dropped after the first UEFA Cup round – 3:4 (on aggregate) from Slovan Liberec. Almost sixteen years later Norrköping have won their 13th trophy in Swedish league and the Allsvenskan 2015 success was their first one after 1992. Glorious year for “The Comrades” from Norrköping and 2016 comes with even bigger dreams for squad led by Jens Gustafsson. The 34-year-old Gustafsson has been the chosen one to replace Janne Andersson, who was appointed as Erik Hamrén’s replacement as head coach of the Swedish national team after UEFA Euro 2016, so virtually the one who built current look of Norrköping will miss their Champions League return.
Norrköping renewed its Allsvenskan campaign with a narrow success over Djurgården (in Stockholm) when in Saturday evening “The VitaBlå” (WhiteBlue) won at “Tele2 Arena” and this was Jens Gustafsson’s debut. This was the first victory of Norrköping after three consecutive draws prior the Euro 2016 break and it will inevitably increase morale of the players before heading to Norway. Moreover, that win leaves Norrköping straight behind leaders from Malmö FF and distance between both teams on top is from just three points. However, we really believe that Norrköping will be more focused on the upcoming Champions League encounter and they must deal without their injured Croatian right-back – Nikola Tkalcic.
Attacker Emir Kujović will be the biggest blow in Norrköping’s attack, since he joined Belgian Gent and this leaves Jens Gustafsson without his top scorer (7 goals), who was one of the top scorers in the 2016 Allsvenskan as well. Attacking duo between Christoffer Nyman and Sebastian Andersson (netted the weekend winner) will most likely lead Norrköping’s attack within the 4-4-2 formation in Wednesday evening, whilst newest signing David Moberg Karlsson, who joined the Swedish champions coming from Danish FC Nordsjaelland only several days ago, remains questionable.
Rosenborg is back in the Champions League after five years
Five years after both defeats by Czech Viktoria Plzeň, Rosenborg will return with fury and with some match practie, since Kåre Ingebrigtsen’s men have already played two league games after the break. First one of them was the surprising 0-0 draw against Bodø/Glimt but only seven days later Rosenborg scored five goals in Sarpsborg’s net, so “The Troll Kids” are obviosuly in form. Especially when it comes to their home games as they’re unbeaten in 11 consecutive matches. Last home loss of Rosenborg was against Lazio when “The Roman Eagles” were victorious after their Europa League scuffle back in November. Thereafter Rosenborg is with 10 wins and only 1 draw at home (1:1 vs AS Saint-Étienne), which was followed by 9 successive victories. Superb home form by Rosenborg and even if their first-choice goalkeeper André Hansen (was subbed off during goalless draw in Bodø) fails to recover for Wednesday’s game, experienced Estonian goalkeeper Pavel Londak will take care for his absence between the sticks.
Rosenborg plays with attacking formation (4-3-3) where Pal André Helland, Yann-Erik de Lanlay and Christian Gytkjaer are expected to start up front, so Kare Ingebrigtsen can rely to all key outfield players. Players like Elbasan Rashani and Matthias Vilhjálmsson are also in contention for starting position in Rosenborg’s attack and this brings promising diversity of attacking options in the home team.
UCL: Rosenborg vs IFK Norrköping – Squads and betting tip
We believe that Rosenborg will benefit from the home advantage they have in the first round and we can expect optimal efforts by both sides here. Scandinavian teams are normally playing the season spring-autumn instead of autumn-spring, so they’re in good form and well rested after pause in June.
Our recommendations are betting on the home side – Rosenborg can win against their Swedish opponents from Norrköping. Actually Rosenborg holds pretty positive record against Swedish clubs in their past meetings and this includes 6 wins against only 2 defeats when facing clubs like IFK Göteborg, Helsingborg, Djurgården and AIK Solna (mostly in the Champions League). However, all four matches between Rosenborg and Swedish opposition at “Lerkendal Stadion” have ended with a home wins and latter of them was against AIK in the 2010-2011 Champions League qualifiers, when Rosenborg won with 3:0 in Trondheim and 1:0 in Stockholm.
Their solid moment condition and home form vs Swedish clubs looks tempting and we anticipate another home win for Rosenborg, this time on the Champions League stage.
Referee: Davide Massa from Italy.
Venue: “Lerkendal Stadion”, Trondheim.
Possible starting squads of Rosenborg BK and IFK Norrköping
Rosenborg BK: Pavel Londak – Jørgen Skjelvik, Hólmar Eyjólfsson, Tore Reginiussen, Jonas Svensson – Fredrik Midtsjö, Mike Jensen, Anders Konradsen – Christian Gytkjær, Pal André Helland, Yann-Erik de Lanlay. (4-3-3)
IFK Norrköping: Andreas Vaikla – Linus Wahlqvist, Andreas Johansson, Jón Guðni Fjóluson, Christopher Telo – Nicklas Bärkroth, Andreas Blomqvist, Daniel Sjölund, Tesfaldet Tekie – Christoffer Nyman, Sebastian Andersson. (4-4-2)