Brann – Sarpsborg 08
Brann hosts Sarpsborg 08 in the most interesting clash from the 17th round of the Norway’s Eliteserien division.These are the two teams who complete the Top 3 of the Eliteserien, just behind the leader and current champion Rosenborg.Brann is 2nd with 27 points from 16 games played. They are currently 8 points behind Rosenborg, but they also have a game in hand. A win against Sarpsborg will get them back on track in chasing the champion.As for Sarpsborg 08, they are currently third in the league with the same amount of points as Brann – 27. It’s only the goal difference that leaves them behind their next opponent. But this is a good chance for them to take the 2nd spot and continue their chase on Rosenborg.In terms of current form, both teams are inconsistent, having won just one game of their last five. Brann won just 2 points out of 9 in their last three matches, making two draws and losing once.
Sarpsborg, on the other hand, made three consecutive draws, so you can see it by yourself now – these two teams just love to share the points in their last games. Maybe they will do it again now?
Beating Rosenborg for the title is going to be difficult. They are clearly the best team in the country. But it doesn’t mean that the rest of the teams should give up without a fight. Brann and Sarpsborg, alongside Molde and Stabaek, look like the only teams who could possibly be a threat for the champions. But they must start winning on a more regular basis if they want to keep their chances for something more this season alive. Rosenborg already has a healthy advantage at the top, so the rest of the contenders really have to step up their game now.