Looking ahead of GW 7 in Allsvenskan Fantasy, a few interesting picks emerge having both the fixtures and form to deserve our attention as sleeping giants IFK Göteborg and Elfsborg have awoken.
IFK Göteborg – back at their best?
It’s fair to say the Gothenburgers have been struggling as of the last seasons – but we might need to reconsider our view on the former UEFA Cup winning side that dominated Swedish football with 10 league titles between 1982 and 1996. 3-0 against AIK makes it three out of three home games where IFK has scored 3 goals (conceding just once). Two away games await, before tough home games against Malmö and Hammarby, but Nygren (now 6.1), Sebastian Ohlsson (6.7) and defenders Starfelt (5.5) and Calisir (4.9) have all proven excellent value and gotten on the scoresheet. They are likely to continue racking up the points given the way they play, especially as they travel to Sirius this weekend who shipped 4 at home to Elfsborg
Cibicki brilliant in a free scoring Elfsborg
To be fair to Sirius however, they faced a superb Pavel Cibicki (8.6) who followed-up 1 goal and 1 assist with 2 new goals. The in-form striker now has 4 goals and 1 assist to his name. Tricky fixtures are looming as Elfsborg face both Norrköping and Malmö in the next two however, before a very interesting home game against AFC Eskilstuna in GW 9. The prospects are excelled further by the fact that Elfsborg now has scored the most goals of any team (13, Gothenburg second at 12) and could continue to deliver at home to a Norrköping team that are yet to find the resilience of last year.
Häcken – Sundsvall – goals galore?
Another in-form striker is Linus Hallenius (10.6), although he stated in local press that he does not feel like he is performing as should be expected from him. Fantasy managers can’t complain however, as Hallenius has 3 goals and 18 points in his last 2. This week Hallenius travel to Gothenburg in order to face Häcken who just like Sundsvall put 3 past their opponents. Two of the most attacking teams in the league go head-to-head in what is a mouth-watering prospect for Fantasy managers.
Impotent AIK adding further question marks
AIK has scored the least amount of goals of ANY team in this year’s Allsvenskan, having netted only 4 times in the opening 6. A home game against AFC Eskilstuna is the perfect occasion to turn the trend around, but several questions have arisen in the capital and it seems as if we can’t trust neither their previously unbreakable defence nor their attack. If you have AIK assets you should hold them for this game week, but if AFC can’t be breached – it’s probably time to ship.
Witry is back!
It was a short spell on the side-line for one of Fantasy Allsvenskan’s most popular picks. Witry (5.1) returned to the starting line-up for the Stockholm derby (2-1 Hammarby) and served Buya Turay (9.7) for Djurgården’s goal. This means Witry now has 2 goals and 1 assist in just 3 games, averaging 9 points per game. Facing kind fixtures for the entire spring and early summer, we should probably look for a way to get him back.
Away teams as favourites
Malmö should cruise to victory against newly promoted side Falkenberg and we can expect them to win by at least a 2 goal margin. Hammarby travel to Örebro and Djurgården face Helsingborg in games they should both be favourites in but where others have stumbled a bit. Kalmar – Östersund is the last matchup of the weekend and should be an even event, but Östersund has a bit more quality in the squad and are likely to get away with at least one, probably all three points.
What are your views on this GW?
Should we move on AIK assets for the likes of Göteborg and Elfsborg players?
Who did you captain?