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Eliteserien Fantasy Gameweek 17 preview

The last double gameweek wasn’t the most memorable, but this week promises to be a high scoring one with Bodø/Glimt, Vålerenga, Kristiansund and Viking all playing twice. In addition, Molde and Brann don’t feature this week, meaning some of Eliteserien’s most popular players won’t be in action.

For managers who have invested heavily in those two teams, it looks like a perfect opportunity to employ the Rich Uncle chip to take a one-week punt on other players, with no budget restrictions. However, the quality of some of the players on show twice mean playing Attack! Attack! or Two Captains could be just as viable.

Rosenborg vs. Tromsø

Rosenborg feature in another early kickoff after taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the away leg of the Champions League qualifier against Maribor. Alexander Søderlund scored a brace in Slovenia, including a well struck free kick, while Mike Jensen continued his goalscoring form. However, some key players will be absent for this fixture. Birger Meling is suspended after a dive against Sarpsborg. Anders Konradsen showed flair to set up Jensen in the last league game, but didn’t make the squad in Europe and the club have confirmed that both he and Tore Reginiussen, who was withdrawn in the first half, will miss out.

Tromsø let a 2-0 lead slip against Mjøndalen, but showcased some more attacking quality at Alfheim. Onni Valakari lashed in a left foot volley from Magnus Andersen’s cross. Daniel Berntsen played in debutant Fitim Azemi, who provided a cool finish and 2 bonus points.

Bodø/Glimt vs. Viking FK

Bodø/Glimt had some notable absentees last time out. Without Brede Moe and and Marius Lode against Godset, Vegard Bergan was partnered by midfielder Ulrik Saltnes at centre back, while Geir Herrem was absent. Ricardo Friedrich was busy in goal, making a triple save en route to 2 bonus points, and his long ball turned into an assist for Håkon Evjen’s opening goal. Fredrik Andre Bjørkan got his third assist of the season in setting up the impressive Evjen’s second. Ole Amund Sveen was denied by a good save on his Glimt debut and ended the day with just a yellow card. Amor Layouni sealed win in injury time, intercepting a clearance and breaking through to score.

Viking are on a winless run which began with a high-scoring defeat against B/G in their first meeting. Ylldren Ibrahimaj’s goalbound shot was their best chance against Molde, but it was somehow blocked on the line. Both Tommy Høiland and Kristian Thorstvedt were limited to late cameos.

FK Haugesund vs. Ranheim

Haugesund narrowly lost their home leg 1-0 to PSV, after a 1-1 draw at Stabæk in their last Eliteserien game. Two teenagers combined for the goal, Kristoffer Velde finishing from Kevin Martin Krygård pass. The latter should’ve scored but couldn’t react quickly enough as a free kick fell to him in the box. Pascal Gregor has been added to the game as a 5m defender.

Ranheim were comfortably second best in their loss to Brann, never recovering after Ivar Furu gave away a penalty. They’ve actually won more points on the road than at home this season, so perhaps they’ll give a better account of themselves against a team with one eye on their European second leg.

Kristiansund BK vs. Odd

After being a favourite of the man in the stands last year, it may be surprising that Sean McDermott had to wait until GW16 to earn his first bonus points of the season, but his man of the match display earned Kristiansund a point against Vålerenga in the capital. Christophe Psyche again showed off his attacking threat with a header off bar that lead to Bent Sørmo’s goal. Frustratingly, it looks like Flamur Kastrati’s injury woes will keep him out once again.

Odd’s home record, the best in the league, has kept them in the title race and they could go within a point of Molde by winning their game in hand here. Torgeir Børven was instrumental in the comeback win against Lillestrøm; he poked the ball through to Elba Rashani to equalise and headed in the winner. Filip Moller Delaveris has two assists this season, both crosses setting up Børven headers after coming off the bench.

Strømsgodset vs. Vålerenga

Prosper Mendy, now available as a 5m defender, was caught out by the long ball that created the opening goal as Godset’s winless run was extended to seven games. Morten Sætra replaced Viljar Myhra in goal, but both are expected to make way for new signing Martin Hansen (5m). Lars-Christopher Vilsvik assisted for a second consecutive game, as new man up front Moses Mawa showed good footwork to evade defenders and quick thinking to toe-poke a finish into the corner. Jack Ipalibo didn’t feature, but the midfielder on loan from Villarreal can be selected for 5.5m.

Against Kristiansund, Vålerenga couldn’t continue the attacking form that saw them score 10 goals in their previous two games, but that was partly due to an impressive performance from McDermott. Bård Finne’s free kick was eventually headed in by the dangerous Matthias Vilhjalmsson. Aron Dønnum had a big chance to win the game as he arrived late in the box, but was denied by an excellent save. Costa Rican forward Mayron George is a new 7.5m option.

Lillestrøm vs. Mjøndalen

Kristoffer Ødemarksbakken’s classy finish looked like it could cause a shock against Odd, but Lillestrøm’s only away clean sheet remains their surprise GW10 win at rivals Vålerenga. The ball went through Tobias Salquist and Marko Maric’s legs for the equaliser, and leaving Børven unmarked was never going to end well.

Sondre Liseth finally found the end product to match his hard running, with a goal and an assist as Mjøndalen fought back to claim a point at Tromsø. Quint Jansen nearly scored a header from a Joachim Olsen Solberg free kick in the first half, but was later caught out at the back as TIL opened up a two-goal lead. Christian Gauseth was the beneficiary of Liseth’s assist, while Akeem Latifu’s pinpoint cross created the chance which saw the browns level.

Kristiansund BK vs. Bodø/Glimt

Four teams are in action again on Wednesday, including these two. Fixture postponements mean Kristiansund have only played six home games thus far, but they’ve won four of those including an impressive win over Molde. This DGW sees them take on two more title hopefuls at home.

Bodø/Glimt have largely impressed on the road, with four wins from seven. However, they’ve conceded 18 goals in the process, so defensive options may fare better at against Viking at Aspmyra, where B/G have kept all four of their clean sheets this season.

Stabæk vs. Vålerenga

Marcus Sandberg has provided exceptional value in goal this season, and earned another 3 bonus points against Haugesund. Luc Kassi’s only blank in the last five was away at Odd; his corner teed up Andreas Hanche-Olsen to score a volley. Yaw Amankwah slotted straight into the defence and earned a bonus point.

Vålerenga are without an away clean sheet ahead of two more games on the road, but their wins against Ranheim and Haugesund prove they can show off their offensive prowess away from the Intility Arena. With Jonathan Tollås Nation still injured, attacking options are likely to attract more interest.

Viking FK vs. Sarpsborg 08

Viking haven’t won any of their last three home games, but will hope to amend that against a visiting side who are yet to win away this season.

Kristoffer Zachariassen remains crucial for Sarpsborg, with bonus points in each of his last two games. Captain Joachim Thomassen scored a powerful header against Rosenborg after a flick on from Jørgen Strand Larsen. S08’s new signings all made their debuts apart from Lenny Nangis.

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  1. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Winning my cup match by 2 points as it stands. BAPS please be nice to me 🙂

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Phew, 85 to 84 in my favour 😀

  2. Mince n Tatties
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Old Bard Finne loves a DGW...
    Runde 2 - He has 2 games - Total Runde score = 2 points
    Runde 17 - 2 games again - Total Runde score = 2 points
    Delighted he was in my team for both Runde's

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      He was my captain both times hahaha. I forgot to change to Eikrem R2... cost me a few points that

    2. MTPockets
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Sane TC flashback nausea

    3. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Vilhjalmsson is the biggest excuse of a striker I've ever seen. Useless lump. How on earth is he owned by 25%?

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Dead teams have kept him since Runde 1&2

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        my dgw captain .... thought i was being clever ... cost me 10 points probably

    4. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I am a Jammy Bar-Steward...
      Evjen gets his 3 bonus points...
      Cup opponent gets no bonus for Bye and Høiland...
      It’s an 85-84 Cup Win for me!!

    5. Eytexi
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Thoughts on this angry WC?
      Opdal, Barli.
      Haraldseid, Hedenstad, Wormgoor, Acosta, Psyche.
      Eikrem, Layouni, Evjen, Berisha, Tripic.
      Ohi, Borven, Botheim.

      Probably won't do it but so so tempting.

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Decent - but what’s the rush?

        1. Eytexi
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          None tbh. Just planned it to see what I could do after a bad week, haha. Probably not worth going ahead with though.

    6. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Is there more rotation ahead for Thorstvedt - or just rested for the midweek game.
      Would you bring him or Tripic in as cheap midfielder?

      1. MTPockets
          1 year, 1 month ago

          No idea really, but not looking at Viking starting picks tbh and not cheap enough for bench (although have Austbo)

        • Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          was he one of the players one card away from a ban ?

          1. Mince n Tatties
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Oh yeah... it was me that highlighted he is close to suspension - DOH!

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        1000 points exactly 🙂

      3. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        WC team:

        Austbo
        Haralseid - Psyche - Bjorkan
        Evjen - Eikrem - Berisha - Layouni
        Borven - Ohi - Lehne Olsen

        Sandberg, Donnum, Wormgoor, Salquist

        Thoughts? 🙂

        1. MTPockets
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Looks ok to me. Lillistrom don't have the greatest fixtures but also tempted by L-O or Smarason, and with europe can see why you might avoid RBK. Amazing what the budget buys in Eliteserien fantasy as the season goes on.

          • pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 1 month ago

            That's pretty much my non WC squad so quite like it. 😉
            Keeping an eye on L-O and Berisha but currently keeping Vihl and Reg.

        2. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Ooft...
          Squeaky Bum time for Molde in the Europa League
          3-3 on aggregate with 5 mins to play...

          1. Mince n Tatties
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            It’s going to extra time
            James lucky to be on the pitch
            YC in the last few minutes and then elbows opponent in the face...
            Ref just gives a free kick

          2. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            my favorite time.

        3. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Molde players look absolutely knackered. Don't think I'll be captaining Eikrem this weekend.

          1. Eytexi
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Eikrem only played 75 minutes: should be fine.

            1. Mince n Tatties
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Good news on Eikrem - was just about to go and find that info - I take it it was tactical and no knock etc?

              1. Eytexi
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Can't say I know. He seems to get subbed often around that minute so I assumed not. Also assume he'd be flagged if he was injured. Now you mention it, I probably should look into it knowing I have the armband on him.

        4. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          FK Haugesund are out after a goalless 2nd leg - they go out 0-1 on aggregate

          1. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Decent performance considering their best players are out with injuries and doping.

        5. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Really stuck on who to bench

          Rashani
          Vihj
          Ohi

          Currently thinking Ohi. Reasonable?

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Ohi would be the one I would play first out of those to be fair 😀

            No others?

            1. Eytexi
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              This. Has to be Rashani if any of them.

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Ty

              Just bothered by the Euro evening. Doubting Molde form slightly. It's a quick turnaround too. Choosing from this bunch.

              Rashani Reg Eikrem Evjen Layouni
              Ohi Borven Vilhj

              Suspect it'll Vilhj in the end. But he's up against a team just out of EL too no?

        6. Eytexi
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Thorstvedt; keep or sell?

          Søderlund; bench?

          1. MTPockets
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Not sure
              I'm starting him so fingers crossed.

              Horneland on rbkweb: "There was no regular formation training this morning. Tore Reginiussen and Alexander Søderlund gave up before half-time play, but it was agreed in advance and undramatic. Against Tromsø the reserves escaped due to quarantine, damage and necessary rest. This week, Rosenborg has one match-free day more both before and after the series match. - It will be a strong team that will put on Skagerak tomorrow. I think we have almost full squad, Horneland comments" https://www.rbkweb.no/vis/14346

              1. Eytexi
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Do the comments on Søderlund imply to you that he'll start? The fact he gave up in training doesn't sound great but the mention of having a full squad does.

                1. MTPockets
                    1 year, 1 month ago

                    Not sure 'gave up' is an accurate translation so should have clarified that. Putting just that part in translate says 'left' i.e. as planned. But we should get team info before deadline anyway

                    1. Eytexi
                      • 2 Years
                      1 year, 1 month ago

                      Cheers mate. Any team news you find would be hugely appreciated!

                      1. thomashl
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 year, 1 month ago

                        Yeah, lineup will be out on http://www.rbk.no 15 mins before deadline (on the "News" section).

                        1. Eytexi
                          • 2 Years
                          1 year, 1 month ago

                          Brilliant. Cheers mate! 🙂

            • Coys96
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              To finish my WC:

              1. Leke James & Benjamin Hansen

              2. Lehne-Olson & Haralseid

              Think I prefer 1

              1. Eytexi
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Not going for Ohi or considering a double up? James played 120 minutes last night so wouldn't be too certain of him starting this week. In general 1 is better though.

              2. thomashl
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Yeah, Ohi was subbed after 87 mins

              3. Coys96
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Already have Ohi

            • FPL_Liger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Can we get an update on GW18?

            • thomashl
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Considering this as my WC team, Y/N?

              Sandberg (Austbø)
              Wormgoor Gabrielsen Bjørkan (Psyche, Hanche-Olsen)
              Dønnum Layouni Eikrem Evjen Berisha
              Ohi Børven (Mawa)

              1.0 itb

              1. thomashl
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                The team I originally had:

                Sandberg (Austbø)
                Wormgoor Bjørkan Næss* Psyche Ruud*
                Diop* Layouni Eikrem Evjen Finne*
                Salvesen* Børven Vihjalmsson*

                * = players that are suspended, not starting, or just not good

              2. Eytexi
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                I'm holding off WC until GW21 for B/G & VAL fixture swings (+ve) plus BRA & VIK fixture swings (-ve). Playing it now left me too much tinkering to do.

                That said, this is a very good WC team. Prefer Hedenstad or Solberg (know he's flagged for now) to H-O for fixture rotation if you can fund it, but otherwise looking good!

                Why so unhappy with Finne? Rested with a home fixture I can see him returning. You think he stays on the bench?

                1. thomashl
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  Thanks for the feedback!

                  Thought about holding off, but I started counting how many players I really didn't want in my squad and figured I might as well. There were too many transfers I wanted to do before this round. Also, I think wildcarding now will give me

                  Finne's starting place isn't secure, and I feel I've missed out on his hauls this season. It's basically him or Berisha, and there's no doubts about him starting + he's shown fine form recently.

                  1. thomashl
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 year, 1 month ago

                    ...reply fail!

                    *Also, I think wildcarding now will give me a short boost in my mini- and money leagues.

                    I actually downgraded Hanche-Olsen to Hernandez (also Stabæk) – only 3,9m and supposedly very attacking for his position. That way I'll have less of a benching headache as well. Thought about Hedenstad, but Rosenborg have been quite leaky defensively, also there's CL playoff looming. He's a quite sure starter, but, facing Odd this round I don't think there's a rush to get him in.

                    The only thing I'm unsure of is Smarason – but with 1.8m in the bank I'll surely find wiggle room to get him in for juicy home games.

                    1. Eytexi
                      • 2 Years
                      1 year, 1 month ago

                      Yeah that all sounds good to me! Smarason looks to be in great form but the fixtures are so unconvincing for now. Being able to get him in the future is a great position though.

                      1. thomashl
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 year, 1 month ago

                        yeah!

                    2. Sandstorm
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 year, 1 month ago

                      I think Hernandez has been a winger in some games? Mostly fullback though.

                  2. Eytexi
                    • 2 Years
                    1 year, 1 month ago

                    Yeah, in your situation WC may be the best option. I planned to do Finne to Berisha next week but maybe I should consider doing it now. Shame I didnt do it last night before the 0.2m price swing.

                    1. thomashl
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 year, 1 month ago

                      Ah, I see. I think there's a lot of value to be had in Dønnum – he seems to make a mockery of his 5.7 (?) price tag.

                      1. Eytexi
                        • 2 Years
                        1 year, 1 month ago

                        For sure. If I was on WC Finne wouldn't be near my team.

            • Eytexi
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              First sub: Vevatne or Adekugbe?

              1. thomashl
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Hmm. Maybe Adekugbe? Haugesund might be knackered after Europa League

                1. Eytexi
                  • 2 Years
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  Ouu good shout, hadn't even factored that in.

                  1. thomashl
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 year, 1 month ago

                    Who you captaining this round though? I'm torn between Evjen, Layouni and Eikrem... leaning tow. Evjen (has three double digit hauls away)

                    1. Eytexi
                      • 2 Years
                      1 year, 1 month ago

                      I still don't even own Evjen (as you could probably tell by my constant anger). He's had 5 shots in his last 3 games, 4 of which have gone in: surely that won't continue.

                      With Eikrem subbed in Europa he should be fairly rested against a defensively poor Ranheim (conceded 29 this season whereas Sarpsborg have only conceded 24). So for me it's Eikrem (with Ohi vice).

                      1. thomashl
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 year, 1 month ago

                        Haha! Didn't notice :')

                        Valid point! Maybe I'll change as well. Don't feel like gambling with gameweek captaincy.

                        1. Eytexi
                          • 2 Years
                          1 year, 1 month ago

                          Best of luck! Decided to keep Finne and hope. Eikrem K. 🙂

            • Coys96
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              WC.. bench correct?

              Austbo
              Wormgoor - Psyche - Bjorkan
              Evjen - Eikrem (C) - Berisha - Layouni - Donnum
              Borven - Ohi

              Sandberg, James, Hansen, Salquist

              1. MTPockets
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  Why have James if benching him?

                  1. Sandstorm
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 year, 1 month ago

                    Yup. He's too expensive to be a bench fodder. That said I bench this GW Finne or Søderlund

                    1. Sandstorm
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 year, 1 month ago

                      Maybe downgrade James or Ohi and buy a Molde defender? They have tasty defensive fixtures coming up.

              2. 20LEGEND
                • 10 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                I got in McGinn for Fraser & captained him, anyone else do the same?

                1. Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  Thank you!

              3. Mince n Tatties
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Odd

                1 Sondre Løvseth Rossbach
                3 Fredrik Semb Berge
                5 Birk Risa
                14 Fredrik Lund Nordkvelle
                21 Steffen Hagen KAPTEIN
                6 Vebjørn Alvestad Hoff
                16 Joshua Gaston Kitolano
                17 Markus André Kaasa
                10 Moussa Jailani Gaucho Njie
                11 Elbasan Rashani
                22 Torgeir Børven

              4. Mince n Tatties
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Rosenborg

                1 Andre Hansen
                2 Vegar Eggen Hedenstad
                3 Birger Solberg Meling
                16 Even Hovland
                19 Gustav Valsvik
                7 Mike Lindemann Jensen KAPTEIN
                15 Anders Trondsen
                22 Gjermund Åsen
                17 Babajide David Akintola
                34 Erik Botheim
                35 Emil Konradsen Ceide

              5. Mince n Tatties
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Odd take the lead 1-0
                Risa with the goal

              6. Mince n Tatties
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Rosenborg equalise 1-1
                Hovland on the hour mark

              7. MTPockets
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  Stabæk
                  12 Robert Marcus Sandberg
                  3 Yaw Eystein Ihle Amankwah
                  4 Vadim Demidov
                  16 Andreas Schjølberg Hanche-Olsen
                  18 Jeppe Arctander Moe
                  8 Emil Bohinen
                  22 Sammy Solitaire Siddharta Skytte
                  25 Hugo Vegard Vetlesen
                  67 Tortel Lumanza Lembi
                  20 Ola Brynhildsen
                  21 Kasper Aalund Junker

                  Kristiansund
                  1 Sean Mcdermott
                  3 Christoffer Aasbak
                  4 Christophe Charles Steven Rene Psyche
                  5 Dan Peter Stensøe Ulvestad
                  22 Bent Langåssve Sørmo
                  13 Bendik Bye
                  14 Jesper Strand Isaksen
                  21 Amidou Diop
                  7 Torgil Øwre Gjertsen
                  16 Meinhard Egilsson Olsen
                  19 Aliou Coly