Norrkoping vs Mjallby (Monday 18:00)
IFK NORRKOPING will be aiming to climb back to the summit of the Swedish Allsvenskan on Monday evening when they play host to Mjallby.
Jens Gustafsson's free-scoring side began the latest round of fixtures top of the pile but they were knocked off their perch on Sunday following Malmo's 3-0 win away at Goteborg.
However, Monday's meeting with Mjalby will present Norrkoping with the opportunity to reclaim top spot and a home success is heavily fancied at a general 2/5 with most firms.
Norrkoping have been Sweden's surprise package this season having lost just one their 11 games thus far and their strong start to the season can be attributed to their knack for finding the back of the net.
The east of Sweden outfit have slammed in 27 goals in 11 outings to date – an average of just over 2.4 goals per-game – and all 11 of their league fixtures this season have produced over 1.5 goals.
The hosts red-hot form in front of goal does not bode well for a Mjallby side who occupy a place mid-table with the joint second-worst defensive record in the division.
Marcus Lantz men are conceding an average of two goals per-game on their travels and although there is little value in siding with a repeat on Monday at 19/40 (Betway), there is an alternative angle that I like the look of with Sky Bet.
The combination of over 1.5 match goals, seven or more match corners and 30+ match booking points takes appeal at 10/11 (Sky Bet) – a punt that would have paid out in each of Norrkopping's last three league outings.
A whopping 14 goals have been scored across Norrkopings's last three Swedish Allsvenskan assignments and for reasons already discussed I fancy at least a couple of goals in this encounter on Monday evening.
What's more, both of these teams sit first and second respectively in the average corner kicks taken table with Norrkoping averaging 6.73 corners per-game while their guests are hitting an average of 5.82.
With that in mind I'm happy to back at least seven match corners in this clash and given that referee Andreas Ekberg has dished out three or more cards in seven of the ten matches he has taken charge of this term, the above-mentioned combination looks like a nice way of trying to squeeze some value out of this fixture.
- Over 1.5 Match Goals, 7+ Match Corners and 30+ Match Booking Points (10/11, Sky Bet)