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Eliteserien Fantasy: Gameweek 6 Preview

The first round of the NM Cupen took place in midweek, but there was little in the way of cup magic as all 16 Eliteserien teams beat their lower division opposition to make it to progress. In the league, fixture postponements due to Norway’s involvement in the U-20 World Cup have come thick and fast, with details of the teams affected below, along with previews of this weekend’s fixtures.

Mjøndalen vs. Stabæk

Centre back Sondre Solholm Johansen has surprisingly outscored set-piece wizard Joachim Olsen Solberg, but the promoted side are yet to keep a clean sheet. Julian Faye Lund has made more saves than any other goalkeeper but could face competition from fellow loanee Mathias Eriksen Ranmark. Tonny Brochmann has scored two penalties and set up two goals so far.

Franck Boli’s goals against B/G weren’t his most impressive, but they earned the hosts a big win and Boli three bonus points against the high flying Eagles. The only penalty save so far this season was made by Marcus Sandberg in GW1. Fantasy interest in Stabæk’s players will likely be heavily affected by their schedule.

Stabæk face consecutive blanks in GW9 and GW10 and consecutive doubles in GW14 (sif, odd) and GW15 (S08, bra).

Bodø/Glimt vs. Lillestrøm

Bodø/Glimt suffered their first defeat of the season against Stabæk. Still, they are unbeaten at Aspmyra and should be prepared for this match after a second string XI featured in an 8-0 cup victory.

Bodø/Glimt blank in GW10 and have two fixtures in GW17 (VIK, kbk).

Lillestrøm failed to win their first two away games this season and will be without Tobias Salquist after the defender picked up a red card in the cup, while Arnor Smarason is still unavailable. Thomas Lehne Olsen remains a threat up front despite not being the most clinical of finishers, while Kristoffer Ødemarksbakken was the matchwinner with his first goal of the season against Haugesund.

Brann vs. Ranheim

Despite not keeping a clean sheet in the first five games, Vito Wormgoor is the second top scoring defender in the game and is owned by over 60% of fantasy managers. Fredrik Haugen and Kristoffer Barmen will miss out this time, but Petter Strand and Gilbert Koomson are expected to be ready.

Brann will be without a game in GW17.

Change is in the air for Ranheim, with last season’s fantasy darling Erik Tønne now operating at left back. Even more worryingly for his owners, 3 of Ranheim’s 5 goals against Viking came without Tønne on the pitch. Mads Reginiussen looks more likely to repeat last season’s attacking exploits, while those looking for a cheaper option can consider Ola Solbakken and veteran Oyvind Storflor – all three midfielders registered their first returns of the season last gameweek.

FK Haugesund vs. Molde

Alexander Stølås is very good at free kicks. He blanked for the first time this season against LSK but is a direct or indirect threat any time the ball goes dead. Owned by more than 40%, he will surely feature in plenty of lineups even against the free scoring league leaders.

Magnus Wolff Eikrem has been a revelation and bagged a brace as Molde dismantled the champions. If they weren’t already heavy favourites for the title, they are now. Eirik Ulland Andersen will be out for a while with an achilles injury sustained in the cup, bringing Erling Knudtzon back onto the fantasy radar. Martin Ellingsen didn’t feature last season due to injury but has cemented his place in central midfield and could be a reasonable budget pick. Ruben Gabrielsen filled in at left back against Rosenborg – all defensive options are in play here.

Molde blank in GW17.

Kristiansund BK vs. Tromsø

Strømsgodset may have made it easy for him, but Flamur Kastrati bagged two goals in his first 45 minutes this season. Liridon Kalludra also impressed with a goal and an assist. Kristiansund’s two clean sheets thus far have both come at home and this seems a good fixture to back Sean McDermott and company. The Owls have won the corresponding fixture in the previous two seasons by an aggregate score of 9-2.

Kristiansund blank in GW10 and GW15 before a double in GW17 (ODD, B/G).

Tromsø will hope Runar Espejord can stay fit; he adds a different dimension to their otherwise diminutive attack and equalised against Brann with a poacher’s goal. There could be value to be found in midfield through Onni Valakari, Daniel Berntsen and Mikael Noro Ingebrigtsen, with the latter two able to play a more advanced role. Gutan’s defence looks one to avoid; Simen Wangberg’s 6-goal season seems a long time ago.

Odd vs. Strømsgodset

Odd find themselves second in the table with an abundance of viable fantasy options. The conundrum of whether Espen Ruud’s attacking threat makes him worth the extra 1m over Odd’s other defenders continues. It seems only a matter of time before Sander Svendsen opens his account. After two games without a goal, Torgeir Børven will hope to get on the scoresheet again – he has plenty of time to reach double figures in the league for the first time.

Odd blank in GW10 and have a double in GW14 (MOL, STB).

Strømsgodset seem to have the same problem no matter who plays: a leaky defence. It could still be worth considering Jonathan Parr for his assist potential. Yacouba Sylla has 9 bonus points this season but was less impressive in the last game and doesn’t carry much attacking threat. Godset still have an abundance of quality up front and Mos appeals with Marcus Pedersen a doubt.

Rosenborg vs. Sarpsborg 08

Nobody saw this coming. The champions, the biggest team in Norway, bottom of the table after five games. Their fantasy options look overpriced and rotation prone. David Akintola has disappointed, but regardless of whether that’s his own fault, he’s injured for Sunday’s match. Birger Meling was perhaps lucky to escape a red card against Molde, but is also injured. Gjermund Åsen hopes to be ready but in any case has looked lost since returning to his hometown club. RBK have been better at home, even if they haven’t taken their chances. Eirik Horneland badly needs a win.

Sarpsborg’s start has also been a strange one. They are the only unbeaten team in the league but may be disappointed to have drawn four games 1-1. Nicolai Næss scored a free kick against Mjøndalen but S08 are a little light at the back, with Jonathan Lindseth another fantasy midfielder playing in defence. Given they’ve managed to avoid losing to three top half teams so far, it seems as good a time as any to travel to Lerkendal.

Sarpsborg blank in GW10 and GW17, either side of a double in GW15 (stb, mol). Their fixture against Viking is yet to be rearranged.

Viking FK vs. Vålerenga

It was a brutal encounter for Viking’s defence last time out, but they’ll hope to bounce back on Monday night against a side yet to win on the road. Ylldren Imbrahimaj has probably been the budget pick of the season so far, with Kristian Thorstvedt also impressing. Tommy Høiland seems more likely to repeat his 2017 Eliteserien form than his 2018 OBOS-Ligaen form, but nevertheless opened his account with a goal and an assist against Ranheim.

Viking blank in GW10, the new date for their fixture against Sarpsborg is yet to be confirmed.

This fixture finished 7-1 to the club from the capital in 2017. Herolind Shala is the top scoring Vålerenga player so far but is a doubt for this game. Chidera Ejuke has been easy on the eye as ever and is probably the league’s best dribbler, Bård Finne has only played over an hour in half of VIF’s fixtures so far – both have 23 points.

Vålerenga blank in GW9 and GW15, with a double GW17 (sif, stb).


How are you looking for this GW?

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  1. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 4 days ago

    What formation are you typically playing?

    Most successful teams in my ML appear to be 4 at the back. Last week and this I’ve gone 5-3-2 for one big green and looking good for another good week this time around. I suspect I’ll shift back to 4 in 11 probably by moving Wormgoor on as I only really got him for cover.

    Is 4 at the back an Eliteserien thing? Was it the way to go last year? (Complete newbie here.) I know they’re different games but I’m sort of trialling it for FPL!

    1. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      I've had success playing 4 at the back in past two seasons I've played, I've used 3 at the back so far this year

      Lots of midrange options in midfield and attack this season. Feels like a reliable big hitter like Eikrem wasn't there in years gone by either.

      Will likely be sticking to 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 at this point unless another big hitting defender steps up. Not sure Wormgoor has justified his price yet either, though his ownership is a worry

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

        It is his penalty taking and clean sheet potential that make him a must have. Brann are starting to come right and Worgoor's points will improve as a result.

        1. Fit of Pique
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          You'd expect so. Nearly a third of the way into the season and he has l less points than Psyche

    2. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      I had 5 at the back a lot of last season. 2 Brann + 2 RBK + Tonne

      This season I’ve got Wormgoor, Haraldseid, Ruud & Stolas

      When RBK are back I’ll bring in one of the wing backs.

  2. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    One game to go with with three Molde in Eikrem C, Ohi & Haraldseid, up against Thorstvedt ... what can possibly go wrong 🙂

  3. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Eikrem cap over Ohi massive fail

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Yup o/

      Eikrem subbed off now as well to rub salt in the wound. Started promisingly enough!

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Yup. Eikrem just keeps ruining everything

    3. The Quiff
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      I managed to call the captaincy right this week (for the first time since GW5).

      It does seem to be a toss up between Eikrem and Ohi in weeks when captaining a Molde player. After 10 games, Eikrem has outscored Ohi in 6 games to 4, although Ohi seems to have the better current form (numbers wise, at least). But I notice that despite only registering one assist from the 5 goals against Viking Eikrem was awarded the 2 bonus points, meaning he must have been more influential than his one assist suggests, so I wouldn't write him off yet.

      It is a bit annoying, though, as with fairly template teams we seem to have to nail the captain choice most weeks to keep up and avoid losing ground in the rankings.

      1. Sandstorm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        I watched some parts of yesterday's game (meaning not totally focused the whole time). Eikrem was Molde's engine, beautiful passes through the defensive line, some time assister's assister. I was waiting to get some bonus points. Ohi could have scored at least two more goals with a little better finishing. Dangerous all the time + on penalties = permacaptain?

    4. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Eikrem still leads Ohi by 12 points so probably still the better captain choice in future weeks. It’s like Sterling and Kun for City.

  4. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    What’s the news on Austbo is it serious? He was subbed off at 46mins.

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

      Apparently a knock. Viking blank next gw anyway

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Knock to the thigh. Almost a month until their next league game so should be fine.

  5. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    How many starters are you going to have next game-week?

    I think I will go with 10, no hits ...

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 3 days ago

      I’m going with 9 and hoping covering Molde and Brann(Wormgoor) is enough

      Stølås Bjornbak Wormgoor
      Eikrem Shala Strand Reginiussen
      Ohi Liseth

      As with the last 2 weeks captain could be all. I’m assuming the template will still be in place. I’ve hit with Shala and Ohi for two big greens.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        I have this bunch, should be ok I hope

        Barli
        Stølås, Haraldseid, Wormgoor, Juarez
        Eikrem, Ejuke, Tronstad
        Ohi, Lehne Olsen

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

      Barli
      Wormgoor, Stolas, Haraldseid, Kvande
      Shala, Eikrem, Ejuke, Tonne
      Ohi
      One short and 2 non optimal. No hits ( so far) Ejuke with the band.

    3. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Wormgoor Stolas Vilsvik Sell
      Eikrem Jensen Strand
      Vilhjalmsson Ohi Wadji

      Unsure if Sell will play, and don't know yet about changing a GK vs mid.

    4. Sandstorm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Transfer Leikvoll Moberg -> Solbakken gives me full squad:

      Sandvik
      Wormgoor, Stølås, Pirinen, Juárez
      Eikrem, Jensen, Strand, Hestad, Solbakken
      Ohi

      [Vaikla, Herrem, Børven, Psyché]

    5. TallestJohn
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      11, undecided how to use my transfer. Sell out would be preferable but may get rid of Rashani or Ibrahimaj

      Barli
      Haraldseid, Sell, Wormgoor, Salquist, Stølås
      Strand, Brochmann, Eikrem
      Mos, Ohi

    6. kyrgios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      probably gonna do Rashani to Strand, got 11 players atm but one of em is Sell...

      Ranmark
      Stølås Worm Haraldseid
      Rashani* Eikrem Ejuke Brochmann Solbakken
      TLO Ohi

      Sell*

    7. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Only 9 but no hitting a GK in for a blank GW. Ditto for last outfield

      Got 3-4-2 which should be fine.

      Worm Harald Stolas
      Eikrem Regi Strand Broch
      Ohi Wadji

      Cap maybe on Regi but probably Eikrem

      1. Fit of Pique
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Not a subscriber to the "a bit in a BGW only costs -2" way of thinking?

        Almost certainly don't stand to lose more than 2 points, a clean sheet could be +2, and any bonus / save points / penalty saves would see you in profit

        1. Lord Tachanka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          It’s more I’m happy with my GK and not fussed for having money on 2nd GK or switching back afterwards.

          And I don’t have enough ITB to get an outfield player worth hitting for.

        2. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 4 hours ago

          Sounds like you are subscribing to the theory!

          A hit in a BGW costs -2 in that otherwise you have nil points and at least should get 2 for starting.

          The problem that isn't covered by this way of thinking is you end up with players in your team the following GW that you don't really want. Same argument can apply to DGWs.

          1. Fit of Pique
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 hours ago

            I am and I aren't, in that I agree with your points and would try to take a decision on that basis, and any players brought in would also have to meet those critieria

            Personally, I'm likely to wildcard shortly after anyway, which I think reduces those factors somewhat

    8. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Used my FT to bring in Viljhallmson for Herrem :

      Linde
      Wormgoor Stolas Vilsvik
      Ejuke (K) Strand Eikrem Solbakken
      Lehne Olsen Vilhjalmsson Ohi

      Not optimal for the next few weeks though, almost certainly WCing next week.

    9. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 hours ago

      10 without a hit for me too.

      Barli.
      Haraldseid, Wormgoor, Meling.
      Brochmann, Ejuke, Eikrem, Regi.
      Ohi (K), Vilhjalmsson.

      Very happy with my midfield.

  6. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    A bit annoying to get Thorstvedt flagged, any one know how long the players away for as part of the U21 international tournament ?

    1. Dupuytrens
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Two game weeks at least and then watch out for injury problems.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers, very annoying .... i may take a hit to get rid off him and field 11 players in this case

    2. TallestJohn
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      GW11 starts on the same day as the final. If they go out in the group stage I'd say all but the most heavily involved should be back. If they go in R16/QFs they'll have a week to recover, if they reach the semis (and therefore third place playoff) or final they probably won't be available for GW11

  7. Mince n Tatties
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    What is more likely to happen in Runde 10...

    FK Haugesund keep a Clean Sheet - so double up on defence?
    or
    Mjondalen fire a couple in - so get Brochmann instead?

    Score predictions please

    Cheers!

    1. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      I'm thinking a tame 1-1.. Brochmann goal is probably a better bet than a Haugesund double up.

      But Haugesund are a very good defensive side.

    2. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I'd definitely go for Brochmann. Score draw imo, maybe 2-2.

  8. Tommo1888
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Is there a Norwegian fixture ticker on here or any other site??

  9. TallestJohn
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Bodø/Glimt the first (and so far only) Eliteserien casualty in the cup, not quite a full strength side but they lose 2-1 AET at Strømmen

  10. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 23 hours ago

    Who we captaining for BGW10?

    Going for Ohi myself but genuinely tempted by Reginiussen looking at the stats. Anyone brave enough?

    1. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 hours ago

      I'm going Ejuke I reckon.. Lillestrom look bad defensively

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 20 hours ago

        Brought him in myself this week - looks a good pick.

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 21 hours ago

      Caught here

      Playing just the 9 so tempted to go Eikrem as I imagine he’s the most popular pick. May go Shala again. Have Reg. What are the stats I need to look at?

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 20 hours ago

        Confession: i misunderstood a tweet regarding the stats, so let's forget I mentioned that. I still like the look of him being a talisman with a good fixture though.

        Definitely one of the Molde boys for captain imo though, and after his hattrick I'm going to guess Ohi is the most popular. Just a hunch.

        1. TallestJohn
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 15 hours ago

          I'd love it if TIL caused an upset but can't see it, they work hard and try to play attacking football despite injuries but Molde have more in every position. Eikrem (K) for me

  11. Dupuytrens
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    I find the latest RBK and Bendtner problems faily sad. I hope now that RBK has a major shake up in the board as well as the playing and coaching staff. The reporting on this situation has damaged the club as much as Bendtner.

  12. Gav's Gunners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 7 hours ago

    I currently have 5 absentees out of my starting 11 and 1 benched player available making 7 with fixtures. No GK either.
    Worth playing the RU chip to get by this week???

    1. Dupuytrens
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 7 hours ago

      No save RU for Gw17. Use you FT's and just field what you can. It will be a low scoring GW so a hit to sort it out will be a red arrow. Can you cover the big players this week? Most squads are set in the template so will be similar. 8 to10 playing with a captain choice is OK . Hit the captain and have a plan for 11 to 14 imo.