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Fantasy Allsvenskan Gameweek 27

GW27 is the final one before the international break kicks in, and the deadline for it is on Saturday at 11.30 CET. We have the final Stockholm derby to look forward to this weekend, as league leaders Djurgården hosts third-placed Hammarby, while Malmö aims to pile on the pressure at home to Göteborg. But first, the gameweek review!

Gameweek 26 review

The top four teams in the league all had games they “should” win, yet games are not won on paper and they all struggled, to a certain extent. Hammarby’s struggle might have been the least intense, and very much narrowed down to the first 30 minutes or so, as Örebro took the lead in the 11th minute thanks to a goal by Viktor Prodell (6.5m). Örebro were then close to a second not long after. Prodell thus scored his second goal of the season, in just 1296 minutes played… Turns out Hammarby were having none of it though and in the 39th minute equalised through Vladimir Rodic (8.2m). Nikola Djurdjic (10.4m) made it 2-1 after the break, and Rodic added to that just five minutes later. Rodic wasn’t done yet though, and in the 80th minute he got his hattrick through some nice footwork and a great finish – he looked very dominant and in the mood to score goals. Mats Solheim (4.9m) settled the scoreline at 5-1 in the 94th minute. Before we deem Rodic the new Muamer Tankovic (9.5m) though, he did score three goals from four shots (all on target), while Tankovic was unfortunate to blank as he was very lively, shooting five times (three on target). No such “luck” for another blanker though, as owners of Alexander Kačaniklić (8.4m) were left feeling equally frustrated, but without much in the way of positive signs – he had just one shot all game and it was blocked. Overall, he seemed a bit reluctant to shoot, looking for options to pass whenever he got into threatening positions.

Meanwhile, Malmö dominated AFC Eskilstuna for long periods of the game but struggled to make anything of it. They had the ball 61% of the time and fired 11 shots (5 on target) while AFC Eskilstuna just had 2 shots (0 on target). AFC didn’t go down without a fight though and just as their title rivals were starting to lick their lips at the prospects of dropped points, Anders Christiansen (10.0m) stepped up and won the game for Malmö. Malmö keeper Johan Dahlin (6.1m) missed the game due to fatigue but should be reinstated against Göteborg in GW27, though nothing can be guaranteed with Malmö in regards to rotation currently.

Djurgården had a tough time as well away to Östersund, a club in free-fall both on and off the pitch. They lost their clean sheet to a Jordan Attah Kadiri (4.5m) volley in the 28th minute, but equalised deep into the stoppage time of the first half, which sparked some controversy as it was a tad bit over the allotted 2 minutes added (really not by much though), the goal came from a corner and there were potential shouts for a handball on Jonathan Ring (8.0m). Emotions were running high and Östersund coach Ian Burchnall got himself sent up to the stands after complaining too vividly. In the end, it was this seasons Djurgården hero Marcus Danielsson (6.2m) who stepped up and headed in another corner from Elliot Käck (5.9m) to make sure Djurgården held onto the number one spot one more week. Clean sheet prospects for Djurgården at home to Hammarby and away to Göteborg remain slightly iffy at best, as does the final game away to Norrköping – leaving only the home banker against Örebro in GW29 as close to a sure thing for their defensive assets. As they keep demonstrating though, they also carry a significant attacking threat. Confusion regarding the starting striker spot between Emir Kujovic (9.4m) and Mohamed Buya Turay (9.7m) remains an issue, effectively ruling both out at this point in time unfortunately (especially for the captaincy, if you have either you might be best of just holding and hoping they get enough pitch time).

AIK struggled big-time away to Elfsborg and though they managed to sneak in 1-0 in the 75th minute through Henok Goitom (9.8m), Elfsborg equalised just eight minutes later thanks to Jonathan Levi (7.6m). The champions of last season have been looking a bit off lately and without the aid of injured duo Chinedu Obasi (8.5m) and Nabil Bahoui (9.1m) it would appear the attack is not quite functioning properly, Goitom and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (8.9m) dropping down deep to spread the balls to virtually no one in the penalty box. We saw an improvement on this for the final 20 minutes though, and I’m sure Rikard Norling is looking at ways to fix this issue ahead of the final four games.

Finally, here are some gameweek 26 stats, this week gathered from @FantasyGuiden on Twitter;

The three most popular captains in the top 1k were:

Muamer Tankovic; Captained by 51.7%, EO 144.5%, scored 2 points.

Sead Haksabanovic; Captained by 20.2%, EO 103.1%, scored 3 points.

Nikola Djurdjic; Captained by 3.3%, EO 31.4%, scored 9 points.

And here are the same stats for the top 100 managers:

Muamer Tankovic; Captained by 64%, EO 158%, scored 2 points.

Sead Haksabanovic; Captained by 16%, EO 104%, scored 3 points.

Vladimir Rodic; Captained by 4%, EO 10%, scored 18 points.

Gameweek 27 preview

The big fixture this week is without a doubt the Stockholm derby that contains first-placed Djurgården against third-placed rivals Hammarby. Emotions will be running high so expect a few yellow cards to be bandied about. In recent years this has been a bad fixture for Djurgården, from the last 9 games in the league (since Hammarby came back up in 2015) the result reads as 1 win, 2 draws, and 6 losses with a goal difference of 13-20. As alluded to before the game against AIK, Djurgården have been notoriously bad in the derbies since 2011 really, but to be fair they’ve never been close to this good during that period. The same could be said of Hammarby though, who keeps smashing in goals pretty much every week (65 scored so far, in comparison to Djurgården’s tally of 46). They are in fact just 5 goals shy of the record set by Kalmar in 2008 for most goals scored (70) in Allsvenskan since moving to a 16-team league, with 4 games to go. Djurgården’s counter-weapon is their defence which in turn is miles better than Hammarby’s, conceding just 15 in comparison to the significantly less impressive 35. Clean sheets looks unlikely for either team though so this will come down to who can keep their nerve and as obvious as it sounds – score the most goals. Advantage Hammarby thus, if only just.

Malmö have a tricky fixture at home to Göteborg, not helped in the slightest by the fact they also played a high-intensity game against FC Köpenhamn on Thursday. Both Anders Christiansen and Sören Rieks (9.4m) went off due to injury concerns and are now doubts ahead of GW27, to be assessed during the Friday. Largely, this one is really tough to call. Malmö can’t afford to drop points but as AIK saw, Göteborg are no pushovers on their travels. With question marks surrounding AC and Rieks, I do wonder just how much they can afford to rotate. The international break is coming up after this week so assuming fitness, the best squad should still get a runout.

Meanwhile, AIK are looking to pounce on their rivals tough fixtures in what looks like a home banker against Örebro. Out of Europe unlike Malmö, they’ve had all week to prepare and are comfortably the favourites in this one. Many will be backing AIK’s defence to do well, but just two clean sheets in the last eight games is a handy reminder to not go overboard on that faith. Örebro have also scored in four of their last five games away from home, though Carlos Strandberg and Filip Rogic had a lot to do with that, and they’re now gone. AIK will be going for it and it looks unlikely that Örebro can put up enough resistance to steal any points from the black and yellows. Henok Goitom and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson should be able to provide some attacking returns.

Players to target

Henok Goitom have the fixture this week, also in the coming weeks AIK face Falkenberg (a), Malmö (a) and Sundsvall (H) where only Malmö stick out as a tough game (barring any late-season coming to life from the teams involved in the relegation battle). On 4 goals and 8 assists so far, it’s not been a super-prolific year for Goitom, though the stats would have looked better if Sebastian Larsson (8.9m) and before that Daniel Sundgren, wasn’t taking penalties. He is however very involved in everything AIK does offensively and should trickle in a few points in the run-in. If you can’t afford him or want to go more differential, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is 0.9m less and until Nabil Bahoui is back he’ll most likely play all games.

Captaincy thoughts

Sead Haksabanovic away to Sundsvall looks a solid pick this week, with Malmö, Göteborg, Hammarby and Djurgården all facing eachother. Sundsvall are deeply involved in a relegation battle though, so don’t expect them to go down without a fight – but options are a bit limited this GW.

Jesper Karlsson (6.3m) gets a surprise call up to the captaincy debate, and his stats and fixture implies good things can happen to those daring to be brave this week. 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 7 games, Elfsborg entertain Falkenberg who’s kept 1 clean sheet in their last 9 matches.

If you do back Hammarby to continue their impressive goal-scoring despite the tough fixture, flavour of the last couple of weeks is Vladimir Rodic who’s now on 6 goals and 1 assist from just 3 games played. Nikola Djurdjic deserves a mention as well, though he’s just as likely to brace as he is to snatch a red card in this kind of game (maybe he does both!).

That’s’ it, as always, good luck this gameweek and if you want to chat about fantasy football either comment here below – or hit me up @FF_Meltens on Twitter!

46 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mullered in Maenam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Hi Meltens

    Thanks for the article again, great work, my favourite article on FFS.

    Had two free transfers this week so out went Larsson and Soder and in came Rodic and Karlsson I've got the armband on Karlsson at only 8.7% ownership could be the differential I'm looking for to push me up the rankings a bit. On OR 353 with nothing to lose and it's that time of the season for some punts.

    Cheers and good luck.

    1. Meltens
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Thank you Mullered for your very kind words! 🙂

      Very solid transfers (I also brought in Karlsson and Rodic :D). Really struggling with the captaincy this week, but it’s between the three I mentioned. Currently on Haksabanovic but not sure Norrköping really puts them to the sword and questionable upside at my rank. Will go down to the wire!

  2. MTPockets
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Another big thanks. Captain on Haksabanovic. Thinking of dropping Paulinho - decent fixture but will he play? From what I can find seems out of form in fitness terms.

    1. Meltens
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      Cheers! 🙂

      It’s hard to ever know about Paulinho’s fitness 100% but wouldn’t drop him ahead of Östersund, they’re really bad right now.

    2. Bob Sacamano
        13 days, 21 hours ago

        I agree with Meltens, I'd never drop him ahead of this fixture. I'd even concider handing him the armband. I understand that he's frustrating to own, but at least he's bringing you points when playing. I'm stuck with Irandust who's 100% to start and 100% not to get more than 2p every game, belive me that's not better! 😉

      • HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 21 hours ago

        I'm planning to captain Paulinho and it's really exciting option to see what happens...

      • MTPockets
        • 10 Years
        13 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks chaps

    3. Bob Sacamano
        13 days, 21 hours ago

        Big thanks Meltens! Enjoy the international break now and some well deserved rest 😉

        I'm sticking to my plan, which means 2FT this week. Khariashvili and Da Graca out for Haglund and Mets. Lost the lead in the local ML last week and I'm now about 20p behind. It's gonna be very difficult to catch up since our teams are pretty equal, and it will take something extra from players like Kacaniklic, Traustason, Toivio and Haglund. At least I don't have AC and his injuries to worry about, but unfortunalty it looks as if my rival also took him out even before the Europa League game.

        With doubble Djurgården defence and Hammarby attack I've been force to pick a side, and I'm going with the unstoppable Hammarby attack, meaning that both Käck and Witry will take place on the bench. Captaincy was actually a no-brainer for me this week. As an Elfsborg fan (a very critical one!) I must admit that they have looked much improved in recent games, and Jesper Karlsson has been unstoppable. He's on set pieces, shooting, dribbling, passing and working hard all over the pitch, so I have no hesitation handing him the armband.

        1. Meltens
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 21 hours ago

          Cheers Bob! 🙂 It’s been a bit hectic but I’m glad to have kept the streak going 😉

          I got Kaca back on WC in GW24 and he’s not been doing me proud at all unfortunately, but I’ll just trust him to turn it around now as he’s becoming a differential which is great.

          Interesting to see a shared confidence in Karlsson, I have him as vice right now but it’s very close between him and Haksa. Can’t quite wrap my head around what kind of game it will be up in Sundsvall, could be a bit tricky actually with them fighting for survival. Might still go with Karlsson, or Rodic even with the derby!

        2. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 20 hours ago

          Mets seems a good call. I'm without any AIK which feels a mistake now given their run-in. Same could be said about Haglund actually looking at IKS's fixtures for attacking returns. Good luck

      • TAT
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 21 hours ago

        Haven't been doing great in Allsvenskan lately, so I'm considering hits going forward. Already done Fröling > Karlsson; are there other moves to consider?

        Vaiho
        Danielsson - Krogh Gerson - Witry
        Haksabanovic - Bojanic - Tankovic - Traustason
        Kharaishvili - Karlsson - Nyman

        Most of my team play in the Djurgården-Hammarby derby…

        1. Meltens
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 21 hours ago

          Hmm well treble Djurgården defence is a bit of an issue with the schedule, can see them keeping just one more CS tbh. But for a hit not sure it’s worth it... Robert Lundström could be considered if you go that way, or Adam Andersson.

          1. TAT
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 20 hours ago

            Can't see Djurgården getting much out of the upcoming schedule either. I've been thinking of potentially bringing in one of Lundström, Andersson – or someone else in that bracket, but again it's the hit that makes it a bit difficult.

            On the other hand I'm currently at OR 1,273 with five red arrows in a row; could be the time to take those chances.

        2. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 20 hours ago

          Have the same dif-ham issue and will bench at least one of the kack/witry/danielsson, maybe 2 if play Kadiri this week. But just accepting not ideal this week. As Malten suggests though triple up remains an issue for gbg and nor away - not up for a hit personally but there's an argument to take one and fix it now. Also got Karlsson in.

          1. MTPockets
            • 10 Years
            13 days, 20 hours ago

            *Meltens

          2. TAT
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 20 hours ago

            I guess there's a possibility bench for C Johansson or Wright, but difficult fixtures this weekend for those two as well. Would spread the risk though, if anything.

            Must admit that hit is looking tempting, but I must admit it's not ideal. I've also taken hits three GWs in a row already, so…

            1. TAT
              • 1 Year
              13 days, 20 hours ago

              I guess there's a possibility to bench*

          3. Bob Sacamano
              13 days, 18 hours ago

              Next weeks game between Göteborg and Djurgården feels like a nightmare for fantasy managers. Göteborg are a very good team and it's a very difficult game for Djurgården, yet Göteborg have played goal less draws at home to Malmö, Hammarby, Norrköping and Häcken this season. I have no idea whether to play none, one or even both my Djurgården defenders.

        3. Bob Sacamano
            13 days, 18 hours ago

            Good luck everyone!

            I only have my local ML left to fight for, and this GW is turning out to be decisive. I went with Hammarby and benched my Djurgården defenders - my rival did the opposite and rolled out a triple Djurgården defence. He also captained Haksabanovic while I went for Karlsson, and he took a massive punt on Romario while I kept faith in Irandust. This could be my last chance, so I keep my fingers crossed.

            1. Bob Sacamano
                13 days, 16 hours ago

                ...game, set, match. Season over! Haksabanovic scores, Mets benched and an AIK clean sheet 100% confirmed and guaranteed.

                Note to self for the future: Never EVER, under any circumstances, pick an AIK-player or Irandust in Allsvenskan fantasy!

            2. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              13 days, 18 hours ago

              This is me for this week :

              Vaiho
              Danielsson Lauritsen K-Gerson Toivio
              Haksabanovic Tankovic Larsson
              Paulinho (c) Karlsson Goitom

              Transfers - Larsson, Karlsson & Goitom in for Kujovic, Kacaniklic & Soder

            3. TAT
              • 1 Year
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              Great opening for Sundsvall. 2-0!

              1. TAT
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 17 hours ago

                3-0! Wow!

                1. MTPockets
                  • 10 Years
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  oh dear re. my team

                  1. TAT
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Three Norrköping players here; luckily just the one defender, but I also have the captaincy on Haksabanovic…

                    1. MTPockets
                      • 10 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      2 defs + Haksabanovic cap. Sundsvall won last couple but still didn't see this coming

                    2. Mullered in Maenam
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Three Norrkopping as well but went with Karlsson for the armband.

                      Can Norrkopping turn it around in the second half?

                      1. TAT
                        • 1 Year
                        13 days, 16 hours ago

                        Hopefully! Fransson goal/Skrabb assist now.

              2. sebidani1990
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  Basically everybody have two defenders/goalkeeper from Norrköping and Haksabanovic, so it's not that bad as it seems for first look.
                  But a Lauritsen AND a Gerson goal could make me reeeal happy.

                  1. TAT
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 16 hours ago

                    Good point, it might not be too bad given ownership. Still, would need some returns!

                • TAT
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 16 hours ago

                  3-2, Nyman. Didn't see who made the assist.

                  1. Mullered in Maenam
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    13 days, 16 hours ago

                    Lauritsen assist it looks like.

                    1. TAT
                      • 1 Year
                      13 days, 16 hours ago

                      Yep!

                      Krogh Gerson SOT.

                • TAT
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 16 hours ago

                  Haksabanovic scores!

                  1. TAT
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 16 hours ago

                    Nyman assist.

                    1. Mullered in Maenam
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      13 days, 16 hours ago

                      4-4, what a game and probably none of us with any Sundsvall in our squads.

                      1. TAT
                        • 1 Year
                        13 days, 16 hours ago

                        Don't think I've had a Sundsvall player in my team all season…

                • TAT
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 16 hours ago

                  4-3, Blomberg! Berg with the assist.

                  Edit: 4-4, Lauritsen!

                  1. TAT
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 16 hours ago

                    Krogh Gerson assist.

                  2. MTPockets
                    • 10 Years
                    13 days, 16 hours ago

                    Nice. So busy chuckling at spurs had forgotten about this

                    1. TAT
                      • 1 Year
                      13 days, 16 hours ago

                      I never watch Sp*rs play as I'm an Arsenal fan, but I might regret that now.

                      1. Mullered in Maenam
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        13 days, 16 hours ago

                        Watch it tomorrow, Brighton have been a joy to watch and Spurs, well, I'll let you decide but as you are an Arsenal fan I think you'll enjoy it for their performance (or lack of) as well.

                        1. TAT
                          • 1 Year
                          13 days, 16 hours ago

                          Thanks, I'll do that!

                          On a side note, I really like Graham Potter. Brighton have got themselves quite a manager.

                          1. Mullered in Maenam
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            13 days, 16 hours ago

                            Yep, the right guy for Brighton and he'll have learned a great deal at Ostersunds, three promotions, a cup final win and a place in the Europa league. Brighton certainly looked fearless today and the young lad Connelly up front scored two goals on his full PL debut for them, no doubt Potter has played a part in that.

                            1. TAT
                              • 1 Year
                              13 days, 16 hours ago

                              A perfect game for Brighton fans then, surely! There's nothing better than a good win, and having a youngster performing. Also comes back positively on Potter, being willing to start Connelly against a top side (no matter their form).

              3. TAT
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 15 hours ago

                Irandust scores. Dropped him for Traustason last GW…