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Fantasy Eliteserien: What’s happened so far

At the time of writing of this article, Gameweek 3 in underway. My article focuses on how the season kick started for the Eliteserien teams based on their performance until GW 2.

ROSENBORG

The biggest talking point has to be the poor start of the Champions Rosenborg. They have managed just 1 point from a possible 6. Eirik Horneland is having a tough time as the new coach but i believe they will bounce back soon. He is known for his defensive side of the game. I will not be surprised to see a defender being the top scorer from Rosenborg at the end of the season as we have seen in his old club FK Haugesund where Alexander Stolas (6.6) finished the season with 150 points (4 goals and 8 assists). The real test will be the games against Molde and Sarpsborg 08 in GW 5-6. I will wait until then before buying any Rosenborg players.

Watchlist

DEF Birger Meling (7.0), Tore Reginiussen (7.0)

MID Pal Andre Helland (11.0), Babajide David Akintola (10.4)

MOLDE

Molde is looking for the league title after last winning it on 2014. They are looking strong and I won’t be surprised to see them claim the throne this season having finished 2nd in the last 2 seasons. They are a very good attacking side thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the new Manager Erling Moe has successfully taken over from him. Their performance against Valerenga, a team that’s at least good in paper, was eye catching. Magnus Wolff Eikrem (11.2), who arrived midway through last season, looks to be top scorer for the season. He’s in many teams and should be strongly looked at!!

Watchlist

DEF Kristoffer Haraldseid (5.5), Kristoffer Haugen (6.0)

MID Magnus Wolff Eikrem (11.2), Eirik Hestad (9.5), Eirik Ulland Andersen (10.0)

FWD Ohikhuaeme Omoijuanfo (9.1)

BRANN

Brann has so far had a poor start to the campaign, a 3-2 lose to Odd and a 1-1 draw with Stromdgodset but came back to winning ways in a 2-1 victory against Kristiansund BK. They are believed to be one of the title contenders but so far they have not lived up to the expectations. Generally solid at the back, Brann has failed to keep a cleansheet so far. But I expect them to get better as the campaign gets going. Vito Wormgoor(6.6) looks to be an essential part with 60.4% managers opting for him, the highest selected player in the league. Along with the defensive returns you can also expect attacking returns (with him being their 1st choice penalty taker) as evidenced by his brace in their 1st match against Odd.

Watchlist

DEF Vito Wormgoor (6.6)

MID Petter Strand (6.7), Veton Berisha (9.5)

FWD Daounda Bamba (9.4)

VALERENGA

Valerenga looks to be a team to watch this season. They have a good squad at least on paper. Having started strong with a 2-0 home victory against Mjondalen they failed to live up to the expectations on the road against Kristiansund BK and Molde losing 2-0 and 4-1 respectively. They have to improve their away form if they are to finish in top 4. Recent acquisition of Matthias Vilhjalmsson (9.6) from Rosenborg looks to be a shrewd buy. If he can stay injury free, he is one to watch for.

Watchlist

DEF Sam Adekugbe (5.0)

MID Bard Finne (9.5), Chidera Ejuke (8.0), Herolin Shala (8.4)

FWD Matthias Vilhjalmsson (9.6)

ODD

Odd has really impressed me. Though they had tough opening schedules against Brann and Rosenborg they have managed 4 points from a possible 6. Now that the fixtures have turned and looking favourable I really fancy their chances for the weeks ahead. We have a budget striker at Odd who looks to be an absolute bargain at 6.8, Torgeir Borven. He has scored in both the opening fixtures and looks to be in excellent form. I expect them to finish at least in the top 6. But they will provide strong fight for a spot in top 4.

Watchlist

DEF Espen Ruud (6.5)

MID Elbasan Rashani (8.0)

FWD Torgeir Borven (6.8)

SARPSBORG 08

Sarpsborg 08 has some individual quality in Kristoffer Zachariassen (7.5), Strand Larsen (6.5), and Steffen Skalevik (8.0). Football is all about the team game; if they can work as a team, then they’re definitely a team to look out for. They have successfully navigated some tough opening fixtures and now they have a couple of really good fixtures coming up against Lillestrom and Mjondalen. I expect Strand Larsen to be a budget pick this season. Watchout for him.

Watchlist

MID Kristoffer Zachariassen (7.5)

FWD Strand Larsen (6.5), Steffen Skalevik (8.0)

VIKING FK

Viking FK has so far passed the eye test for me. The promoted side are performing really well and by the look of it they seem to be dark horse of the season. Started with back to back wins against Kristiansund BK and Tromso, they have some tough fixtures ahead against Brann and Odd, where their temper would be really tested. Look no further than Viking FK if you are in search for value players. They are looking strong at the back and are providing decent attacking returns.

Watchlist

GK Iven Austbo (4.5)

DEF Viljar Vevante (4.6), Sondre Flem Bjorshol (4.5)

MID Kristian Thorstvedt (6.1), Ylldren Ibrahimaj (5.1), Zlatko Tripic (6.0)

FK HAUGESUND

FK Haufesund has not started the season on a high note, losing 3-2 to Stromsgodset and drawing 1-1 to Sarpsborg 08. But the next few fixtures are really good and I expect their season to improve henceforth. The fixtures against Ranheim, Stabaek, and Lillestrom looks so exciting. It seems that Alexander Stolas (6.6) has started the season from where he ended it in last season with a goal and assist in opening fixtures. He looks to be a must have for the next few fixtures at least.

Watchlist

DEF Alexander Stolas (6.6)

MID Martin Samuelsen (7.4)

FWD Ibrahima Wadji (8.0)

Looking forward to reading your comments!

Meanwhile this is how my team is lining up for GW3:

https://en.fantasy.eliteserien.no/a/team/14861/event/3.

Knight Riders

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  1. Geoff
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    4 months, 4 days ago

    This is really nice work! And quite easy to edit, thanks for submitting. Send me an email (geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk) and we can chat a bit about your schedule and a few things.

    I agree with much of this. Rosenborg have been disappointing - I have Meling and Helland, and at least Helland is performing. It'll be interesting to see how people adapt for GW4. Molde had a nice DGW but GW3 was a bit disappointing

    1. Fpl JJ
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Love the work you do here + Twitter , because of this site I’m 46 OR so thanks

        1. Geoff
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          4 months, 2 days ago

          Keep it up 🙂

          New article is already out, and another one coming tomorrow

      • Sebin
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks Geoff.
          Helland is in my watchlist. Would bring him in when Rosenborg settles as a team.

          1. Fpl JJ
              4 months, 3 days ago

              thoughts on my team:

              mc dermott, christansen

              solberg, sell, vevatne, psyche woormgoor,

              hestad, Moberg, eikrem, strand, finne,

              ohi, Vihj, Strand larssen

              Do i need to upgrade defence and get like a stolas or ruud or do i need like a borven or Rashani , idk thoughts/ rmt

              1. Sebin
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  You can consider upgrading your defence. Defenders score big in Eliteserien. Stolas, Ruud, Borven, Rashani, Wadji all are having good fixtures ahead. Try to have some ODD and FKH coverage in your squad for the next few fixtures.

                  1. Fpl JJ
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      Any specific moves you suggest? Im thinking maybe hestad out to like rashani/layouni

                      1. Sebin
                          4 months, 3 days ago

                          Better. Eikrem covers Molde

                          1. Fpl JJ
                              4 months, 3 days ago

                              cool thanks

                            • Fpl JJ
                                4 months, 3 days ago

                                last thing, is it better to go hestad to layouni this week for a -4 and psyche to stolas next week or should i do them both next gw for a -4 ?

                                1. Sebin
                                    4 months, 3 days ago

                                    Try to avoid hits. I would save my transfer and do a double next week

                                    1. Fpl JJ
                                        4 months, 3 days ago

                                        Would you ever consider doing a pod ? Maybe you and Geoff and anyone else you wanted? Just a thought as I don’t find Kun Karams that engaging

                      2. MTPockets
                        • 10 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Cheers Sebin, nice summary

                        1. Sebin
                            4 months, 3 days ago

                            Thanks

                        2. Mullered in Maenam
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                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          Thanks Sebin, much appreciated. I'm playing my WC GW 4, only had an average start this season so time to shake things up a bit. I have many of those mentioned above plus Layouni and Herrem of Bodo/Glimt for their next three fixtures.

                          I've spread the wealth a bit and am giving myself a reasonably decent playing bench and I left 2m in the bank for a planned double transfer in GW 7. I found last season with Eliteserien and Allsvenskan that looking just three gameweeks ahead with my transfers seemed to work best. I certainly did better in those games than in FPL.

                          Cheers

                          1. Sebin
                              4 months, 3 days ago

                              Well said. Focus on next 3/4 fixtures. That would work better than planning for 10/15 fixtures ahead. It would be advisable to have a cheap playing bench than investing heavy on your bench.

                              Defence - William Sell(4.0) of Mjondalen or Christophe Psyche(4.0) of Kristiansund BK or Ronald Hernandez(4.0) of Stabaek.

                              Midfield - Hakon Evjen(4.6) of Bodo/Glimt, Ylldren Ibrahimaj(5.2) of Viking FK.

                              Forward - Geir Herrem(5.7) of Bodo/Glimt.
                              Forwards in 6.5 have already been covered in my article.

                              These players let you strengthen your squad elsewhere.
                              Hope this helps. Cheers

                              1. Mullered in Maenam
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                                4 months, 3 days ago

                                You must be a mind reader Sebin, here's the WC squad I put together:

                                Austbo - Vasyutin

                                Wormgoor - Ruud - Stolas - Psyche - Hernandez

                                Hested - Eikrem - Layouni - Thorstvedt - Ibrahimaj

                                Borven - Herrem - Ohi

                                Having two playing 4m defenders is a big bonus and the early form of the Viking and Bodo players is again very helpful just now.

                                I kept 2.4m ITB for GW 7 when I will likely move out the two Bodo lads and bring in Mos and another mid.

                                Cheers

                                1. Sebin
                                    4 months, 3 days ago

                                    Haha. Thanks. You have a good team. Good luck

                            • MrKlin of Norway
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 4 days ago

                              Nice roundup there... with the end of GW3 in hand we can deffo say Rosenborg are off it, and Brann need to find their shape. Wormgoor still essential as you said, they've been cheated out of 3 more penalties over GW2 and 3, so he should by all rights have been soaring already.

                              It's worrying that the expected bottom-end teams (Bodø/Glimt, Viking, Stabæk) are soaring so high in the league so far. Can't put it down to easy fixtures either as they've all racked up some hefty scalps in these first 3 rounds.

                              1. Sebin
                                  4 months, 3 days ago

                                  Thanks

                              2. No Kane No Gain
                                • 2 Years
                                4 months, 4 days ago

                                WC team, GTG?

                                Austbo

                                Solberg Stolas Ruud Wormgoor

                                Rashani Eikrem Hestad

                                Ohi Strand Larsen Wadji

                                Sandberg Ibrahimaj Psyche Evjen

                                1. Fpl JJ
                                    4 months, 4 days ago

                                    What’s the thoughts on Wadji?

                                  • Sebin
                                      4 months, 3 days ago

                                      Team looks great. Good luck

                                    • TallestJohn
                                      • 2 Years
                                      4 months, 3 days ago

                                      Good but I would go even heavier on Odd and Sarpsborg, also plan to get Boli cos he's so good

                                  • Fpl JJ
                                      4 months, 4 days ago

                                      Love your article, wish we had weekly articles which went through the players your thinking of bringing in , some communtity Q’s maybe and good captain choice for that gw , keep up the good work

                                      1. Sebin
                                          4 months, 3 days ago

                                          Thanks mate.

                                      2. Vobinho In Wengerland
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                                        4 months, 3 days ago

                                        Lovely article, rounds it all up nicely - thanks!

                                        Valerenga is troubling me - thinking of getting rid of Vilhjalmsson and keeping Finne?

                                        Odd and Bodo-Glimt look to have good runs and both are in form...

                                        1. Eytexi
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                                          4 months, 3 days ago

                                          I'm toying with the idea of selling Vilhjalmsson too, perhaps bringing Boli back in for gameweek 5.

                                          1. Fpl JJ
                                              4 months, 3 days ago

                                              What’s wrong with Vih?

                                        2. Hotdogs for Tea
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                                          4 months, 3 days ago

                                          Do we know which players are on penalties and set pieces ?

                                          1. MTPockets
                                            • 10 Years
                                            4 months, 3 days ago

                                            List here - https://www.fantasybet.com/blog/eliteserien-set-piece-takers/
                                            Not entirely accurate though (eg. Pedersen penalties, Strand some corners/free kicks)

                                            1. Hotdogs for Tea
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                                              4 months, 3 days ago

                                              Thanks

                                        3. TallestJohn
                                          • 2 Years
                                          4 months, 3 days ago

                                          My highlights digest:

                                          WHAT a goal line clearance Næss
                                          WHAT a goal Brynhildsen
                                          WHAT a goal Ejuke

                                          B/G look the real deal, could've been 5-0 up on Molde. Layouni reminding us of his quality, was unlucky not to score more. Helland still being RBK's biggest threat says it all about them, they need to offer a lot more from open play. Think Odd will end Viking's good start. Still difficult to tell what the real Vålerenga look like.

                                          1. Geoff
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                                            4 months, 2 days ago

                                            Yeah.. I got very lucky with Brynhildsen! Only shot I think, right?

                                        4. Dupuytrens
                                          • 2 Years
                                          4 months, 3 days ago

                                          Thanks for the new article Sebin. Are you planning more during the season?

                                          Average start to my Eliteserien season as I expected. Saving my chips for later and missing the double did not help but I hope to benefit later when we have more information. It would seem that we have more fixture upheaval than the last two seasons generating some interesting times ahead.

                                          Team so far

                                          McD ( Vaikla)
                                          I will definitely change keepers on WC with Austbo looking best value at the moment.

                                          Wormgoor, Adekugbe, Haraldseid, Vevatne, ( Kvande).
                                          6.6 for Stolas is expensive but he is on my radar.

                                          Eikrem, Rashani, Shala, Diop, ( Tonne)
                                          Hoping Brann pick up and Berisha will come in. Helland is too rich for my blood but if he carries on scoring he will come in on WC

                                          Ohi, Vilhjalmsson, Hoiland
                                          will do for the time being, WC after the international break is the plan but I will see how it goes.

                                          Comments appreciated. Thanks in advance.

                                          1. Dupuytrens
                                            • 2 Years
                                            4 months, 3 days ago

                                            ^ 1.2 itb for upgrades

                                          2. Geoff
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                                            4 months, 2 days ago

                                            Another new one out, check it out 🙂