Haugesund are priced up as odds-on favourites on Friday night, with Valerenga the visitors. The sides both sit within touching distance of the top 3 and these games against their nearest rivals in the table will be key to the outcome of their respective seasons.Haugesund – Valerenga

Match: Haugesund – Valerenga

Free Tip: Lay Haugesund

Best Odds: 1.83 (17/20) Betfair

Tippeligaen Form: Haugesund – Valerenga

Haugesund sit 5th in the Tippeligaen, but their recent form has seen them drop away from the leading teams in the division. Just 1 win in the last 7 has meant they have slipped back on the likes of Stromsgodset, Molde and Rosenborg. Home form has also suffered during this run with no wins in their previous 4 matches, and just 1 win in their previous 6. It is not the record you would expected for a team quoted at odds-on to win, especially given the side they face.

The visitors Valerenga, are by contrast, putting together some decent form themselves, particularly away. In the Tippeligaen, away wins are tough to grind out, but Valerenga have picked up 3 victories in a row on the road and do not lack confidence on their travels. They have only lost 3 of 8 road games, and their last 5 have seen them defeated just once. In the reverse fixture, Valerenga prevailed, 2-1. While the hosts are rarely beaten, the odds suggest a lay, keeping the draw onside, will provide some value in the Friday night game.

Free Betpal Tip

Take on the hosts in Haugesund – Valerenga. A lay at odds-on offers sufficient value given the Haugesund failures to win of late and Valerenga’s decent road form over the past few months. 1.83 (17/20) Betfair. Bet365 go 2.05 (Valerenga +0.5) on the Asian Handicap for those not comfortable laying.