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Eliteserien Runde 14 – Different Strokes

At this stage in the season, it’s becoming more and more obvious which players are edging closer to essential status, while at the same time many of us will be feeling as though our teams are a jigsaw puzzle with a few pieces missing. An almost perfect picture ruined by jagged, misshapen holes; our beautiful scene peppered with invisible bullets fired by an invisible gunman. We have an idea of what we want but as is the case in most walks of life, the reality we seek is very often not the reality we come to obtain.

The most-owned players in the game are popular for a reason – they’re in form, scoring points and playing for the teams that are scoring the goals. From a quick glance at the computer screen, it’s obvious to me that anywhere from seven to nine players pick themselves. That leaves very little room for us to cover up those bullet holes, even less room to move out of the line of fire. But if we want to improve our overall rank, we can’t do things exactly the same way as those above us. We need to adapt, be resourceful; open the box a little and start to think outside.

On the basis that the majority of our team is already decided, we are left with the daunting challenge of trying to fill in the rest of our puzzle. The gunman is always potentially around the next corner, but there is no going back – we have to push forward.

With this in mind, I have come up with a shortlist of a few differential picks for the next three gameweeks. From my experience with FPL, a differential is usually described as any player that is owned by less than 10% of managers, while at the same time possessing ‘hidden’ value; an opportunity to get one over of unsuspecting rivals. This type of player may not be a season-keeper and it could very well come down to getting him at the right time, rather than assuming he’ll still be a viable asset after his purple patch has lost all its colour.

With timing being so important, I’ll get on with it:

GOALKEEPER:

Julian Faye Lund, Rosenborg: 6.8% (5.5m) 

Rosenborg are by the far the best defensive team in the league. They’ve conceded the least amount of goals to date (11) as well as keeping five clean sheets. They face Aalesunds and Stabaek at home in their next three fixtures, with a trip to Mjondalen in between. While their form is a bit spotty, these fixtures should be ringing a few alarm bells – there’s potential at both ends of the pitch for points.

Aaelsunds are rock-bottom of the table after winning just one of their opening thirteen matches. They might have scored 18 goals, but they’ve let in an astonishing FORTY. That’s 13 goals more than anyone else. Away from home, they’ve failed to score twice, against far inferior teams than Rosenborg, so a clean sheet for the home side seems very likely.

Stabaek have scored nine times away from home in just six games but also drew 0-0 with Start and recently lost 3-1 to Haugesund (the lowest-scoring team in the league). A 1-0 home defeat against Odd has rounded off their awful form and Rosenborg will feel like a win is very obtainable.

Mjondalen are one of the worst-performing home sides in the league. They’ve scored five in six games, failing to register a goal in two of them. Compare that to the eight goals they’ve conceded in front of their own fans, and you get the idea that they’re more likely to let a goal in than they are to scoring one. They’re the second-lowest scoring team in the division for a reason and should pose very little threat to a Rosenborg side that is potentially beginning to find its find.

Prediction: I think Aalesunds and Mjondalen will really struggle to break down Rosenborg’s defence. I’d be surprised if they didn’t manage to keep a clean sheet in both of those games. With Castro and Fridjonsson on the pitch, there is always a chance that Aalesunds will grab a goal, but they’re up against the big boys and I think they’ll bottle it.

Mjondalen are a team lacking inspiration without a goalscorer. The lack of creativity is becoming a real problem and Rosenborg are more than capable of suffocating them out of the game.

I see Lund taking home at least 15pts from those three fixtures – it wouldn’t surprise me if it ends up being more, truth be told.

DEFENDER:

Jon-Helge Tveita, Brann: 0.4% (5.5m)

He’s played just 170 minutes all season but grabbed both a goal and an assist against Molde last weekend. He may not be nailed, but in one of Brann’s biggest games of their season, he turned up when called upon. He was replaced by Taijo Teniste just before the hour, raising questions as to who is preferred at right-back going forward. In my opinion, the 28 year-old has done enough to earn another start against Mjondalen this weekend and offers great clean sheet and attacking potential.

An away fixture against Stabaek follows, offering yet again another realistic chance at returning clean sheet points. Stabaek have won just two of their seven home games (only Aalesunds and IK Start have won less) and even though they have managed to find the net seven times, in three games they blanked. Brann are a club in transition and after beating Molde (away), they will be riding on a high they’ll want to keep elevated for as long as possible.

Stromsgodset currently occupy 10th place but only Aalesunds have conceded more goals. They’ve won just once away from home and failed to score at all in three of their six games, making them an incredibly beatable team by anyone’s standards.

If Tveita is given a chance he could really prosper from these fixtures. He got forward at set-pieces and was involved at both ends of the pitch against Molde and I have no reason to believe this won’t be the case if he is given the game time I’m expecting him to get in the coming weeks

Prediction: For me, Tveita starts at least two of these games and probably features in all three. Teniste is 32 years old and doesn’t offer the same kind of service. I have Brann down to go undefeated in this mini-period, and Tveita to prosper in Fantasy world. I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t amongst the points come the end of the month.

MIDFIELDERS:

Fredrik Haugen, Brann: 0.7% (7.8m)

Staying with Brann, may I present to you Mr Fredrik Haugen. His assist at Molde last weekend was his first return since Runde 2 but on paper he’s starting to excel in some areas. He’s played 26 key passes (two less than Magnus Wolff Eikrem in 99 fewer minutes) has three assists and has a credible 125 accurate passes in the final third and 195 accurate passes in the opposition half.

He may not be the fanciest of players (he’s completed four successful dribbles) but he’s on set pieces and the types of passes he plays are the kind of passes forwards love. Only four players have created more big chances and given the fixtures Brann has from now until the end of the month, he’s being given a huge opportunity to improve on those numbers.

I’m not sure I would label him as a player that has the potential to haul like Eikrem or Pellegrino (or any of the Bodo/Glimt boys) but he offers a consistency that Brann need. He’s a solid player who was perhaps lacking a bit of confidence coming into the Molde game. With the shock win tucked under his belt – along with his first assist for months – he should be feeling as though he can channel his inner Eikrem in his upcoming games.

Prediction: Let’s not forget this is a guy who scored five goals and got eleven assists a few seasons back. He’s capable of more than he’s currently showing, that’s for sure. I’m not suggesting he will take a game by the scruff of the neck and return a heap of points, but I do think if there ever was a chance for him to get his season started – this is it.

Brann have marked their transition period with an incredible away win at Molde (have I mentioned that yet?) and I see them winning the next three, too. People might hear the names Stabaek and Stromsgodset and think they represent a challenge, but the reality is they really shouldn’t. Brann should be challenging for a top five spot with this squad and they will be looking at the next few games as a way to close to the gap between themselves and Rosenborg and Kristiansund who are just three points ahead of them.

For Haugen, I see a couple of assists and a goal, if not more. He has the potential (along with Koomson) to really hurt Mjondalen. Being own by not even 1% of players, he represents incredible potential value and a chance to hurt non-owners (pretty much all of us).

Aron Dønnum, Valerenga: 4.4% (8.5m)

As is the way of all things, you don’t realise what you’ve got until it’s gone. This is my experience with Mr Dønnum. I owned the energetic winger for three weeks from Runde 3 to Runde 5. He scored me a grand total of seven points, going on to score eight the very week I got rid of him. He’s scored 35 points since I chucked him (69% of his total points).

He’s not the best player in the league. He’s not an incredible player. He will not be in the top ten high-scoring midfielders at the end of the season. He’s not a brilliant fantasy choice. What he IS, is a confidence player. And right now, he’s confident. He’s found his way back into some form (scoring in a home draw with Bodo/Glimt and getting an assist away to Brann the week before) and looks to be enjoying his football again. I see a purple patch coming.

Valerenga have very, very nice fixtures: IK Start (A), Sandefjord (H) and FK Haugesund (A). While Start have somewhat surprisingly managed to keep three clean sheets at home, they’ve also conceded 11 goals (1.6 a game) and won only once. Valerenga are decent away from home (winning three out of seven, only failing to score in one) and in general a hard-to-beat outfit.

A home game against Sandefjord will be viewed as a must-win, easy three points despite the newly promoted side winning three out of their last four games. FK Haugesund have more chance of signing Phillipe Coutinho than getting a result against Valerenga – in truth it could be an absolute mauling.

Prediction: I like Aron Dønnum. I like how hard he tries. I like how much he runs (only Jens Petter Hauge – 30 – has completed more dribbles than him – 29) and even though he’s lacking end product from his game, he’s part of an exciting team who have a very tangible opportunity to play in Europe next season. Statistically speaking it’s hard to compare him to his peers but he put in a spirited performance against Bodo/Glimt which I think will lead to a resurgence of form.

FORWARD:

Dino Islamovic, Rosenborg: 4.2% (10.1m)

By far my most controversial pick, Dino Islamovic gets a mention for a few reasons. Right now most of us have similar forward lines. We all have Junker, a lot of us still have Borven and then the rest of us have another big name who has been disappointing us week after week.

Islamovic gets the nod because even though he’s not guaranteed to start, he’s potentially a really good option for a third striker. I have Ohi in my team and am resigned to the fact he may not play every week. I am not particularly interested in any other forward and can afford to have someone as expensive as Islamovic or Ohi in my team as it doesn’t stop me from being able to afford all the other players I want.

Rosenborg have great fixtures. They’re starting to score more goals. They look more menacing going forward. Islamovic scored in the twenty minutes he played against Sarpsborg. And Borven is still yet to run riot for his new club, creating a possibility that Islamovic could start alongside him up top. Or at least get more game time. We’ve seen Borven pushed out wide in multiple games – could this happen over the next few weeks?

Islamovic may not get the minutes I think he probably should be given and I’m sure there will be many who will scoff at the suggestion of him even being touted as an option. I think we overlook him too easily. Let’s not forget he too is a new signing in Trondheim and he’ll be on the hunt for more goals just as Borven is.

Prediction: He might not start any of the next three games but he’ll certainly feature in some capacity. Personally I see him in the starting line-up for at least one fixture and his minutes to increase across all games. He’s still finding his feet in this division yet he does cut a threatening figure out on the pitch.

Rosenborg are not playing wonderful, free-flowing football. They are not the consistent machine they strive to be but are showing glimpses of what they can be. If he has the minutes, Islamovic gets a couple of goals in those games.

Let’s also not ignore the fact that it’s slim pickings when it comes to forwards, so there is that.

Other Mentions: 

Ola Brynhildsen, Molde: 7.0% (6.6m)

When I saw Brynhildsen had joined Molde, I immediately jumped at the chance of having in my team for a paltry 7.0m krone. He lasted a whole two gameweeks in my team as it became blindingly obvious the young lad wasn’t going to be given the game time. It looks like that might have changed…

He’s scored goals in his last three games, starting two of them. Ironically it was in his 27 minute cameo against IK Start where he scored most points, bagging himself a brace to end the round on 11pts.

I think he’s one of the most exciting players in the league, playing for one of the best teams in the league. If he starts more regularly – or at least brought on more – then he’ll be straight back in my team. He has the potential to be one of the best players in the league and if he is entrusted with more game time I think we’d be absolute fools to turn our noses up.

Carlo Holse, Rosenborg: 3.1% (6.3m)

Some might say this is a kneejerk reaction to his last couple of fixtures but I maintain otherwise. Having watched Rosenborg most of the season I can attest to them having the power to put anyone watching them to sleep, let alone those playing against them. Carlo Holse hasn’t mixed a single game, but he’s only played 458 minutes. That’s a lot of cameos. Having completed back to back games for the first time this season, it looks as though he’s set for a run in the team. The fact he scored three goals in those 180 minutes can’t do his chances much harm either.

He’s an energetic, exciting player who has injected some life into what has seemed like a lacklustre Frankenstein’s monster of a team over the last couple of months and offers a real opportunity for both Fantasy managers and Rosenborg to get ahead.

This is more a case of trying to jump on the back of his form more than anything. I’d be hesitant to call it point-chasing, more, getting ready for a flurry of red-hot form while everyone else around me shakes their head, thinking I’ve fallen into a trap only mere casuals would succumb to. I see big results for Rosenborg in their final games of this half of the season – I see Holse being a big part of them.

Osame Sahraoui, Valerenga: 1.0% (6.0m)

Another Valerenga attacking midfielder. But looking at their upcoming fixtures, can you blame me? He’s scored one and set up one in the last four, picking up four bonus points along the way. It looks as though he’s cemented down a starting spot after being in and out of the team at the start of the season.

He may not be setting the league alight right now, but at just 19 years of age he looks to be a player with a lot of unrealised potential and Valerenga are seemingly happy to entrust him with more and more game time rather than restricting his development by bringing him on towards the end of games.

It’s hard to argue he’s not a good ways behind both his colleagues and opponents, but the teenager is clearly a talented player who, given the right nurturing, could develop into a player that gives us something to think about whenever Valerenga play.

CONCLUSION

If you’re after differential glory over the next two to three gameweeks, I think you’d be foolish to not at least consider most people on this list. Rosenborg, Brann and Valerenga have the fixtures while some of their players have the form. The others may seem like a bit of a stab in the dark, but when we’re looking at those players owned by just a handful of managers, that will always be the case.

I am aware there are other options that bridge the space between template assets and the obscure, but I wanted to shed light on a few teams that have a real chance to push up the table and the players I think will help them to do that. There are of course plenty of other options who may end up being far better choices than my own – that’ll be for you to decide.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, especially with differential picks. I loathe hunting for early bandwagons yet there is certainly cause to do just that. It’s the smallest differences between us that end up defining our season. You won’t win if you copy everyone else – I’m pretty sure some schoolteacher said that at some point in their career…

ReindeerHotdog ESF: https://en.fantasy.eliteserien.no/entry/12433/event/17 Follow me on Twitter: @ReindeerHotdog”

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  1. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    TAA,Werner > VVD Kane (-4)?

  2. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A by a landslide right?

    A) Maupay Robbo TAA
    B) Kane KWP VVD

    1. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Seriously man - how did you even find this page?
      Article was posted on 14th August and is all about Norwegian Fantasy Football...
      I'd suggest posting on the last article
      Cheers

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Last post on the main page. Would have just clicked on that and posted without reading.

  3. Sebinhooooo
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bjordal my Hauge replacement might’ve just saved me from another red arrow. Kjartannson (C) didn’t do me any favours though, so I’ll enjoy this green overnight until Zinck hauls again tommorow

    1. ffs casual
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Great differential with only 0.4% ownership. You are covered for 18 points. Zinck or any captain will need a big haul to match that.

      • Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Held off on my Hauge replacement until after today's games. May even get Berg back, which will certainly release funds (if only I knew where best to spend them).

      • ReindeerHotdog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Phenomenal pick. Nice one.

    2. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Kamara... pathetic shot.

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Oops - wrong thread I KNOW. Play both games!

      2. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        You are forgiven Octopussy x

    3. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Hate to say it but owning jiminez is the ultimate sheep move. U want to maximise returns vs crap teams u go with explosive players not a notorious non hauler just becuase everyone else was. Deserved blank

      1. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Rather this is the ultimate 20-20 hindsight troll post. Jimi in is a 10 game move due to fixtures. Captaining h today was an error though

    4. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Viking
      1 Iven Austbø
      3 Viljar Helland VevatneKAPTEIN
      5 Axel Oskar Andrésson
      18 Sondre Flem Bjørshol
      35 Henrik Heggheim
      8 Joe Zen Robert Bell
      9 Fredrik Torsteinbø
      20 Ylldren Ibrahimaj
      7 Zymer Bytyqi
      11 Yann-Erik Randa Bahezre de Lanlay
      16 Even Østensen

      Strømsgodset
      1 Viljar Røsholt Myhra
      2 Ari Leifsson
      4 Duplexe Tchamba Bangou
      5 Niklas Gunnarsson
      14 Look Saa Nicholas Kengkhetkid Mickelson
      8 Johan Hove
      11 Kristoffer Tokstad
      20 Mikkel Maigaard Jakobsen
      42 Ipalibo Jack
      10 Moses Dramwi Mawa
      88 Lars-Jørgen Salvesen

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Berisha not in Viking squad
        Attack! Attack! chip complete fail...

    5. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Brann
      1 Håkon Eikemo Opdal
      4 Jón Gudni Fjóluson
      19 Jon-Helge Ødegård Tveita
      21 Ruben Kristiansen
      25 Ole Martin Lekven Kolskogen
      8 Fredrik Haugen
      9 Petter Dahle Strand
      29 Kristoffer Ramos BarmenKAPTEIN
      5 Thomas Grøgaard
      11 Karamoko Daouda Bamba
      16 Robert Thomas Taylor

      Molde
      1 Andreas Christopher Linde
      6 Stian Rode Gregersen
      11 Martin Skjelbreid Ellingsen
      27 Marcus Holmgren Pedersen
      28 Kristoffer Haugen
      7 Magnus Wolff EikremKAPTEIN
      16 Etzaz Muzafar Hussain
      17 Fredrik Aursnes
      19 Eirik Hestad
      22 Ola Brynhildsen
      99 Ohikhuaeme Anthony Omoijuanfo

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Oh hello Mr Wolf - glad you could finally join us...

    6. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Aalesund
      1 Andreas Lie
      6 Frederikus Quirinus Klinkenberg
      7 Erikson Spinola Lima
      18 David Kristjan Olafsson
      39 Ben Kantie Karamoko
      8 Fredrik Kjernmoen CarlsenKAPTEIN
      11 Simen Bolkan Nordli
      19 Peter Orry Larsen
      22 Sigurd Hauso Haugen
      38 Isak Dybvik Määttä
      41 Markus Seehusen Karlsbakk

      Kristiansund
      1 Sean Mcdermott
      3 Christoffer Aasbak
      16 Ivar Erlien Furu
      19 Aliou ColyKAPTEIN
      22 Bent Langåssve Sørmo
      6 Andreas Eines Hopmark
      8 Amidou Diop
      10 Liridon Kalludra
      9 Amahl William D'Vaz Pellegrino
      13 Bendik Bye
      29 Pemi Moumbagna Faris

    7. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Bodø/Glimt
      12 Nikita Haikin
      3 Alfons Sampsted
      4 Marius Christopher Høibråten
      5 Fredrik André Bjørkan
      18 Brede Mathias Moe
      7 Patrick Berg
      14 Ulrik SaltnesKAPTEIN
      19 Sondre Brunstad Fet
      10 Philip Aksel Frigast Zinckernagel
      21 Kasper Aalund Junker
      26 Ola Selvaag Solbakken

      Sandefjord Fotball
      1 Jacob Storevik
      3 Marcos Vales GonzalezKAPTEIN
      5 Martin Kreuzriegler
      17 Sander Moen Foss
      19 Brice Wembangomo
      4 Enric Valles Prat
      10 Ruben Herraiz Alcaraz
      13 Lars Markmanrud
      9 Sivert Stenseth Gussiås
      22 Deyver Antonio Vega Alvarez
      23 Vidar Ari Jonsson

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Calling Mr Junker - a hat-trick and a couple of assists kind sir
        Thanking you kindly

    8. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Start
      12 Amund Wichne
      2 Jesper Norman Daland
      3 Vegard Amundsen Bergan
      15 Henrik Robstad
      4 Mohamed El Makrini
      11 Eirik Wilberg Schulze
      14 Espen Fjone Børufsen
      22 Kristoffer Tønnessen
      30 Christian Bolanos Navarro
      7 Kevin Alexander Kabran
      9 Martin RamslandKAP

      Haugesund
      1 Helge Valvatne Sandvik
      4 Fredrik Pallesen Knudsen
      15 Ulrik Tillung Fredriksen
      19 Mikkel Desler Puggaard
      22 Alexander Stølås
      7 Christian GrindheimKAPTEIN
      8 Kevin Martin Krygård
      23 Thore Baardsen Pedersen
      10 Niklas Sandberg
      17 Ibrahima Wadji
      99 Kristoffer Velde

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        So the only thing that might keep me in the Cup is a IK Start clean sheet
        And pigs might fly...

    9. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      And we are up and running with our first 5 Sunday matches...
      If anyone is looking for me - I'll be doing my usual...
      On this page talking to myself... nice

    10. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      And as if by magic - Bodo/Glimt take the lead in the first minute of the match!
      1-0

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Sondre Brunstad Fet with the opener
        Predictions on thos one lads?...
        I'll go 6-0

        1. ffs casual
            1 month, 23 days ago

            There are few guarantees in life, but one seems to be BG scoring in the first ten minute of a match. I'll go 3-0, although with Gussias coming off the bench, a goal from him would help

          • Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            As long as Pellegrino gets the other 5 goals. Down to just one Glimt payer at the moment.

      2. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        KANEEEEEEE

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          No mate - it was Sondre Brunstad Fet with the opener

      3. BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I am so glad I don't waste money going to watch modern football.

      4. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Molde take the lead against Brann
        0-1

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Hestad gives Molde the lead

      5. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        But hang on - Brann bounce straight back with the equalisier
        1-1

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          La La La La Bamba with the goal

      6. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Hold then fecking phone - IK Start have only gone and scored a goal and taken the lead
        Boom time!
        1-0

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Oopsy Diasy - own goal courtesy of Mr Knudsen - Thank you sir!

          1. Mince n Tatties
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Looks like Eliteserien Fantasy has given the own goal to Fredriksen

      7. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        No way - miracles never cease - IK start 2-0 up!

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Makrini stretches the early lead

      8. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Is there an upset on the cards?...
        Aalesund go 1-0 up against KBK

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Karlsbakk with the opener

      9. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        And Bodo/Glimt get a 2nd against Sandefjord
        2-0

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Saltnes scores the 2nd

      10. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I must be dreaming
        IK Start 3 - I repeat 3-0 up now!

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Schulze puts IK Start in dreamland

      11. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Hold on Sandefjord get one back - no CS for Bodo/Glimt
        2-1 now

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Markmanrud gives the visitors a glimmer of hope

      12. ReindeerHotdog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Not looking a great week for anyone's captains so far.

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Even worse for playing Two Captains.

          1. ReindeerHotdog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 23 days ago

            I literally have one return from 9 players. I certainly feel for anyone who played a chip this week - chances are you've chosen players who have blanked.

            At least I got a bonus point from Saharoui!

            1. ffs casual
                1 month, 23 days ago

                It looked a good week for chips. Pelle v Aalesund, BG v Sandefjord. So far nothing and Start score 4. Strangest gameweek so far

                1. ReindeerHotdog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  Can't really disagree. I thought Glimt might struggle a bit against Sandefjord (I use the word struggle loosely) mainly because of Hauge's departure and having the league already wrapped up (it really is). Also, Sandefjord are in great form and look quite a tidy team.

                  Wasn't expecting a huge thrashing put it that way, but we all know Glimt are capable in every game.

                  Strange how much Kristiansund have struggled against by far and away the worst team in the league.

                  It's certainly not going to plan, but my Kjartansson captaincy is at the moment going relatively unpunished.
                  Cue a Zinckernagel goal any moment...

          2. Ramboros
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Genuinely expected many spissrush users to hit 150 points this week. Hauge going away of course lowered those expectations a bit, but I still expected more. Right now I'm on 25, with my two assists to Pelle and Solbakken both leading to redder arrows. My cup opponent got 13 (-4) points with Bakenga, Zach and Ruud to go versus my Holse and Ruud.

            1. ReindeerHotdog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 23 days ago

              I'm interested in how Glimt will proceed without Hauge. The synergy between Hauge, Zinck and Junker was brilliant. Losing a third of that attack is always going to hurt them.

              I feel like I've got away with one this week, but even still, on a pretty poor, but relatively 'OK' 29pts.

              Only have Ruud and Bakenga to go - I'm not expecting much. Think the Rosenborg/Odd game will be tight with not much between them.

              I'm actually a bit concerned that I don't have any Rosenborg players right now.

        2. ReindeerHotdog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Jens Petter Hauge is about to come on for Milan...

          Supported the club since I was 13/14 years old and yes we got Zlatan, but I can't deny I'm pretty damn excited about Hauge playing for us.

        3. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Are you kidding me Fredriksen? TWO own goals?!!! Do you think you are Jamie Carragher or something?

        4. Nightrain_
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Anybody has any idea how long Berisha is out ?
          Keen to transfer him out for Junker but can't watch the game, is Junker back on his best again or keep Berisha ?

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            just hold tight I suppose unless you are worried about price - two weeks rest until the next game week

        5. ReindeerHotdog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Bodo/Glimt have signed Hugo Vetlesen from Stabaek on a three-year contract. Great signing - been a constant threat in the league whilst playing in a vastly inferior side. Will be interesting to see if he can fit in right away and hit the ground running.

          Looks like Molde are in for Birk Risa, too.

          Could be some interesting transfers completed come the end of the international break.

          1. ReindeerHotdog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Stabaek also lost their captain earlier today as he was sold to Belgian side AA Gent. Two potentially huge transfers could severely impact the end of their season. But it shows there are some really talented players in the Eliteserien - first we have Hauge go to one of the biggest clubs in the world, and now one of the best defenders in the league head to Belgium to play in Europe.

            Great stuff, just not so much if you owned both in Fantasy I suppose.

            1. ReindeerHotdog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 22 days ago

              *Hanche-Olsen has left - no idea how I missed out his name.

        6. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          How are my fellow Cup managers ? any one still with their dukes up and fighting on to the next round ?

          1. Dupuytrens
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I went out in the first round but well played and good luck 🙂

        7. Ramboros
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Some things to consider :

          The final schedule has been released. Unsurprisingly the last 2 GWs will have the matches take place at the same time. All of Molde's games have been pushed to Sunday, but they will play the first game of GW25 against Stabæk. Keep in mind that GW25-28 will have a two hour earlier deadline than usual.

          Odd might have to change their whole backline for the next game. Captain Steffen Hagen is out for at least a month with injury. Ruud is suspended. Risa has been traded with Kitolano. Bjørtuft just walked off with an injury for Norway U-21. Ruud's suspensions seems rather convenient, and this is a great opportunity for Berisha and Bytyqi to shine.

          Rosenborg's midfield has become a minefield in terms of pure quality. In fantasy terms it seems clearer. Henriksen has played as defensive midfielder in 4-2-3-1 against PSV and as the anchor against Odd. Skjelbred played as an 8 against Odd, but has never been particularly a goal contributor. Zachariassen on the other hand played as a 10 against PSV and on the left wing against Odd. The competition from Konradsen seems to only make Zachariassen a more offensive alternative with the left wingers struggling to make an impact.

          Holse has now played 90 minutes in every game since his rest against Godset, except for his late substitution while down to 10 men against Antalyaspor. He is pretty much the best player at the moment, and should be a no brainer for the run in. Wiedesheim-Paul has been brought in to compete with Islamovic, but he still seems to be the starter.

          Hedenstad, Reginisseun, Eyolfsson and Konate has seemed like a nailed on backline the recent matches, but Reitan is now competing with Hedenstad after a brilliant game against Odd. Hedenstad is also on an expiring contract, so expect more risk with him.

          1. ffs casual
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Thanks for the update. Is Risa expected to be first choice for Molde? Will he be competing with Haugen for a place?

              1. Ramboros
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I think Risa will play against the stronger teams. Usually Molde will sign up and coming talents quite early and bed them in, but in this case I think they want a defensive improvement for the EL games. Gw22-24 could end up being Haugen's starts as the EL games are every week.

          2. ReindeerHotdog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Quick heads up: Berisha has tested positive for Coronavirus.

            1. Ramboros
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Their matches against Odd and Haugesund are already confirmed to be postponed.

              1. Ramboros
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Take into consideration that this means Ruud will be suspended against AaFK.

              2. ffs casual
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Thanks for the heads up. That'll be 4 players plus one fodder not playing and one FT. Going to be a tricky week to get through

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    take a few hits ?

                    1. ffs casual
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I may have to. My line up needs something:

                        Mitov nillson Hansen (ik start)
                        Kitolano* Ruud* Risa Vogt Heggheim*
                        Zinckernagel Saltnes Pellegrino Zachariassen Bytyqi*
                        Gussias Berisha* Kjartansson

                        5 without a match, Risa flagged and 1M itb. I could play rich uncle, but feels like a waste of a chip.

                        Thinking Berisha -> Salvesen or Junker and maybe Heggheim -> Vales or Naess for a -4

                        1. Hotdogs for Tea
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          oops !

                          -8 to take out your most expensive players Rudd (will be suspended after the two blanks ?) Bytyqi*, Berisha*?

                          1. ffs casual
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              It will be an interesting gameweek. It looks like Odd only have one blank so Kitolano with be back next gameweek and Ruud the one after.

                              I'm thinking Berisha -> Junker will be one, then Ruud or Heggheim for one of S08 defender / Stolas / Gregerson. -4 and should end up with 9 or 10 players. Need to think about a -8

                    2. ReindeerHotdog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Wow that was a quick response.

                      Was just advising he's got Covid, nothing more. Make of it what you will.

                      He may be symptomatic but not get too ill. It could seriously affect him.

                      Who knows when he'll be back and what decisions the club will make.

                  2. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    cheers guys, that adds a bit of spice to the game week