Hodd played the first game in their new stadium against Fredrikstad (1:1) but they were not that good according to the match reports. The hosts scored a very early goal and then they were closed back in defense, while Fredrikstad conquered the game and had many opportunities to turn the game.
Key left winger Vegard Heltne and midfielder Bendik Torset will miss again due to injuries. Even slower return of supplementary winger Cheltne doubt the average useful Torset. Remarkable fact for Hodd is that in the twelve most recent home games there was achieved two goals minimum.
Brann celebrated their first victory in OBOS Ligaen at home against Strommen (2:0) with a presence of 8.500 fans. They did not impressed with their game, but they had the control and the possesion of the game for most of the match, and scored both goals at decisive moments (26′, 78′). According to the Norwegian reports they appear to have a quite balanced roster this season in comparison to last failed season, and they are expected to impose their dominance to this league.
Main attacking midfielder Fredrik Haugen returns to the main lineup after suspension, while midfielder Kristoffer Barmen surpassed his injury problem and he is ready to play. First choice goalkeeper Piotr Leciejewski and striker Marcus Pedersen are not yet available. Kristoffer Larsen and Jakob Orlov will play in attack.
Brann is called to prove their superiority against teams on this level like Hodd. Hodd is facing a team that is theoretically the best team of the league, and with what they shown to the game against Fredrikstad, they will not be able to keep silent Brann’s attacking line.
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