Elfsborg v IFK Gothenburg
The Boras Arena in Elfsborg is the venue for this Sunday Swedish Allsvenskan clash between the sides in tenth and eleventh.
Elfsborg have made a mixed start to their campaign winning three, drawing two and losing three of their opening eight. Their 2-0 loss at Sirius means it is now two games without a victory. At home, they have been decent taking seven points from their last three in front of their own fans.
IFK Gothenburg have made an identical beginning to the season winning three, drawing two and losing three of their first eight. Last time out they drew 1-1 with Varberg ending a three game winless run and stretching their winless record to five. On the road, they have mixed form winning two and losing their last two.
When you have two sides who have made identical starts it is surprise then to see the price on the away team getting a positive result being so high. Home advantage is important but it perhaps features too heavily in the prices on offer here.
The visitors have won two of four on the road already with victories at Hacken and Helsingborg. They have lost their last two but you have to look at their opponents who were AIK and Malmo both of whom will be expected to be challenging for the Allsvenskan title.
The recent head-to-head record also supports the view that Gothenburg can get something from this game. It is true that they are winless in seven against Elfsborg but all of these games have been settled by just one goal. It shows that the margin between the two is not that high.
Given their identical league positions the visitors can be taken alongside the draw in the double chance market to get something from their trip to Elfsborg.
Malmo v BK Hacken
The Eleda Stadion in Malmo is the location for this game which is the pick of the Allsvenskan matches this weekend as the defending Champions host the side in third.
It has not been a great start to their title defence for the home side who have lost back-to-back matches including a 4-0 hammering at AIK last weekend. They sit in fifth spot on 15 points and have won just four of their opening nine. At home, the Skane outfit are a different proposition though winning three and drawing one.
Hacken are flying at the moment winning each of their last three with their latest success coming 3-1 at home to Kalmar. They sit third in the table level on points with Hammarby and two behind AIK but with a game in hand. On the road, they are unbeaten this season with wins at Varnamo and Degefors and draws at Norrkoping and Varnamo.
Despite their disappointing start Malmo are still an established dominant force in Swedish football. I think they are worth taking here to get back to winning ways in front of their passionate home fans. Their two defeats while not ideal both came on the road and both to strong sides. While Hacken are a strong side they have only really beaten AIK of note and that came on the opening day of the season.
You have to go back to November 2017 for their last time that Hacken won away to Malmo in the league. It is eight unbeaten for the home side against their visitors when you take into account meetings at all grounds.
It is rare to see Malmo as big a price as 17/20 to win a home game and although all is not right there you have to take a chance on them having enough talent at their disposal to get all three points here.
GIF Sundsvall v Mjallby
The Monday evening game in Allsvenskan comes from the NP3 Arena in Sundsvall as bottom play hosts to a side who entered the weekend in sixth.
GIF Sundsvall have had a miserable start to the campaign and a 5-1 loss at Norrkoping last weekend was a fourth successive defeat. They sit bottom of the table with just three points from their opening eight games. At home, they have managed one victory this season (over Kalmar) while losing the other three.
Mjallby have made a good start to the season although a 1-1 draw with Varnamo last time out means it is just one win four. They sat sixth going into this round of fixtures with 14 points from their opening eight games. On the road, they have struggled a little going three without a victory, losing two of these.
Over 2.5 goals is the recommended bet here which might seem a little strange at first given Mjallby have seen a combined total of just 15 in their eight games. This is more about the home team who have seen a combined 29 goals from their eight. The hosts have shipped ten goals already in front of their own fans and Mjallby possess the talent to punish such sloppy defending.
Three of their last five head-to-head meetings have gone over 2.5 goals including the last time Mjallby travelled here which ended 3-1 to Sundsvall. It suggests that this game could b more open than the markets are expecting.
Backing over 2.5 in this fixture is available at evens with Betfair Sportsbook and this looks a value play.
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