Saturdays Football Bet of the Day see’s me begin in the Norwegian second tier in a fixture that looks good for goals. Then it’s back to Finland where the champions and league leaders look good for yet another three points.
Start vs Raufoss
⏰ Saturday 17th July, 14:00
Start host Raufoss on Saturday afternoon at the Sparebanken Sør Arena. Start sit in 11th position and only two points above the relegation zone but three points outside the play offs. Raufoss sit in 8th position but are only one point above their opponents.
Start come into this securing a 0-2 win against KFUM which kept up their record of scoring in six straight games. Overall this season, Start have scored in 10 of their 11 games in which they scored 18 goals. Last time was only Start’s second clean sheet this season. No side has conceded more than their 21 goals this season.
Raufoss come into this after suffering a 0-1 defeat at home to 2nd placed Fredrikstad failing to score for the first time this season. Raufoss have scored in 10 of their 11 games this season and are the leagues joint top scorers with 22 goals. Raufoss have only kept one clean sheet this season and have conceded the joint second most amount of goals conceding 20.
Oulu vs HJK Helsinki
⏰ Saturday 17th July, 16:30
Champions Helsinki travel to the Raatin Stadion to face Oulo on Saturday teatime. Oulo are rooted to the bottom of the table whereas Helsinki sit six points clear at the top having played a game less.
Oulu come into this suffering yet another defeat away to Honka last time out. Oulu have now lost 9 of their 11 games this with their four points all coming against the side directly above them KTP. No side has scored fewer goals in the league than their seven with only two of them coming at home. All nine of their defeats have went under 4.5 goals with them conceding no more than two goals at home.
Helsinki have been almost faultless this season collecting 31/33 points. No side has conceded fewer than their 5 and the leaders have kept 7 clean sheets in those 11 games. They may be the leagues top goal scorers but they have only scored 3+ three times and 4+ once. Their last nine league victories have all went under 4.5 goals.
Bet of the Day
Both Start and Raufoss have scored in 20/22 of their combined games and given that both these sides have the worst and second worst defensive records in the league, both should net here once more. It’s top vs bottom in Finland and champions Helsinki should record a comfortable victory. Given both these sides games rarely break the over 4.5 barrier, I’m happy to add in under 4.5 goals. The earlier meeting finished 3-1 to HJK.