Gameweek 7 in Fantasy Allsvenskan provided us with a resurgent IFK Göteborg, an Elfsborg-Norrköping fixture where the attacking sparks of Jonathan Levi (8.1m) and Pawel Cibicki (8.6m) fizzled out and a Hammarby win that ended up not being as dominant as it could have been. We also saw Helsingborg more or less robbed of three points against Djurgården by the linesman.
Helsingborg unlucky not to get the three points
In the first half, Djurgården pressed on and were for large periods of time very threatening. 1-0 to Djurgården came from a brilliant Aslak Fonn Witry (5.2m) cross that Mohamed Buya Turay (9.7m) struggled to make a proper connection to which meant the ball bounced somewhat on Helsingborg defender Anders Randrup (4.5m) and it got noted as an own goal with a Buya assist. More than a bit harsh I would say and owners of the Witry-Buya double up will be 4 points worse off than they probably should have been. Rasmus Jönsson (7.5m) scored the equalizer after the break but should have had a brace as his second goal of the night was incorrectly (by some margin) ruled as offside. Helsingborg also hit the post in the 88th minute and in general ran over a lacklustre Djurgården, who looked a completely different side in the second half.
Tankovic showing signs of consistency
Joint top with Adi Nalic (6.1m) in the midfielder’s charts sits Muamer Tankovic (8.8m) from Hammarby. Against Örebro he ran the show and besides the assist looked threatening throughout. Tankovic also seems to be favoured by the bonus point system and thanks to that (along with 2 goals, 2 assists so far) he has yet to drop below 3 points this season. At the time of writing he sits in 29.4% of the squads, the way things are looking he might be worth getting in soon, as he shows no sign of slowing down.
Things are starting to fall in place for Göteborg
After a few rough seasons, a struggling economy and a rocky start by losing to AFC Eskilstuna, many thought that this would be yet another year of mediocracy for the blue and whites. Coach Poya Asbaghi has elected to put faith in the youngsters and that has (so far) paid off handsomely for them. Besides FFS favourite Benjamin Nygren (6.1m) they also have “Paka” (Patrik Karlsson-Lagemyr, 6.6m) and Giorgi Kharaishvili (8.3m) who are all hitting form. Nygren just recently turned 17, Paka is 22 years old, as is Kharaishvili. Add to that the fact that they have returning golden boot hero Lasse Vibe (8.5m) in their ranks and a season that started out looking like one to forget, might yet go down as a quite memorable for their supporters.
Another Friday night deadline, don’t get caught out!
This week I figured I’d try something new and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, if it’s a good format or not for the gameweek preview?
Muamer Tankovic will be firmly in our thoughts for the captaincy in GW8 as his consistency along with a favourable matchup against Sirius at home should provide the platform for him to continue his early-season form. From Hammarby strikers Nikola Djurdjic (10.0m) and Vidar Örn Kjartansson (10.0m) also looks likely to be in the points and could be potential captaincy shouts.
Linus Hallenius (10.6m) faces off against a struggling Örebro side and with six goals in seven games, he is possibly the captain of the week. Paulinho (12.1m) is pretty much always an option but this week away to Östersund might not be the best time if you have other options in your squad. It’s worth noting however that Östersund keeper Aly Keita (5.5m) might not feature, not that Sixten Mohlin (4.4m) made a bad impression against Kalmar in GW7, saving a penalty and getting 9 points.
Malmö at home to Elfsborg might also be a place to look, with Arnór Ingvi Traustason (8.8m) looking like the most consistent option right now. A brief mention of Markus Rosenberg (10.0m) should also be in order here as he scored a brace in GW7 and would have had a hattrick, had he not missed that penalty. As it were, the penalty miss (along with a yellow card) made sure he netted a quite poor total of 7 points for his brace.
Teams to watch
Hammarby’s fixture at home to Sirius along with their upturn in form has put them firmly in the “teams to watch” category. Now they’ve got three games at home in the next four and could be primed for points. Their defence bar possibly Simon Sandberg (5.2m) remains very iffy and most investment should be in their attacking players.
Göteborg travel to Norrköping who hasn’t started the season of that well with 1 win, 5 draws and 1 loss. Can Göteborg keep their attacking momentum going? When (if ever) are Norrköping going to kick into gear this season?
AFC Eskilstuna plays against Falkenberg at home and will be gearing for only their second win of the season. They’ve played some good football so far (mostly at home) and away games against Hammarby, Häcken and AIK hasn’t been the easiest of starts. Consider Adi Nalic (6.1m), Kadir Hodzic (4.6m) and everyone’s favourite enabler (who’s fit again!) will be pushing for a start – Gustav Jarl (4.0m).
Tricky fixture of the week
There is another Stockholm derby on Sunday as Djurgården tries to best local rivals AIK. Neither team has impressed that much but these games tend to be a bit cagey and the last games between them have ended 0-0, 2-0, 1-1, 0-1, 0-3 and 2-0 where AIK has won 4, 2 draws and Djurgården without a win. Djurgården hasn’t won against AIK since 2011, despite the teams squaring off 14 times since then. Important Djurgården defender Erik Berg (6.2m) is suspended but the bigger picture here is that it’s a really tough one to call, with a slight advantage to AIK who usually does well in derbies and in particular against Djurgården.
So, what are your plans for GW8?
Who do you think will go big and who is best avoided?
Do you think history repeats itself in the derby or can Djurgården capitalise on AIKs torrid start offensively?