The Swedish Allsvenskan sees 7th placed Atvidaberg entertain high flying AIK on Saturday. The visitors lie 7 points off leaders Elfsborg but will still harbour ambitions of bridging that gap. This trip to Kopparvallen is a stern test of their credentials however as the hosts have already picked up some prize scalps at home this term.
Match: Atvidaberg v AIK Solna
Bet: Over 2.5 Goals
Odds: Bet365 2.05 (21/20)
This is a tough game from which to pick a winner, but there does seem to be value in the Overs and Unders market. Atvidaberg have been rattling in goals all season, in 7 home fixtures they have already bagged 18. 6 of their 7 games at Kopparvallen have seen 3 or more goals, and they can be relied upon to provide entertainment. The reason why ‘Over 2.5′ is odds against, is due to the miserly record of the visitors.
There is however, reason to believe AIK Solna have thrown off the shackles of late, and are now a more adventurous side. 9 of 14 games have ended with 2 goals or less, but that does not tell the story of their season. In their opening 10 fixtures, AIK were held to draws on six occasions, and averaged less than one goal a game. In order to try and convert those stalemates into wins, the team have been more open of late – and have score more – 11 in the last 6. That early season stubbornness has been replaced with a more attacking style which has seen them involved in games with 3 or more goals on 4 of the last 5 occasions.
AIK still boast a good defensive record, but their hosts in this one will not be intimidated by that. Elfsborg visited Atvidaberg recently, they are the only side with a better defence than AIK, but they were seen off 5-1.
Atvidaberg have finished ‘Overs’ in 11 of their 14 games this term and 2.05 (21/20) with Bet365 to do so again looks a solid value punt.