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Eliteserien 2021 Scout Picks – Runde 3

GOALKEEPER

Kristoffer Klaesson (VIF – 5.5mNOK, 26.4%) vs. Kristiansund (H)

  • Kristiansund (H) = I said before the start of the season Kristiansund will struggle for goals and after 2 games only 7 of their 26 shots have been on target
  • Played 1 key pass, got an assist and made 3 saves from 4 on target shots vs. Brann
  • His expected goals conceded (xGC) was 0.82 in his last match but he kept a clean sheet anyway
  • Only Andreas Linde (6.5mNOK) and David Mitov Nilsson conceded fewer goals from shots inside the area in 2020 (both 26) than Klaesson (28)

DEFENDERS

Erlend Dahl Reitan (RBK – 6.0mNOK, 17.3%) vs. Bodø/Glimt (A) & Brann (H)

  • Bodø/Glimt (A) = The Champions have faced 29 shots in their opening two games, of which 20 have taken place in the box and in their last match their xG was only 0.89
  • Brann (H) = xG vs. Viking – 0.64 & xG vs. Vålerenga – 0.82. They’ve scored just once and like Glimt have conceded a silly number of shots inside their area (22)
  • Dahl Reitan got his assist in the 5-0 demolition of Viking as well as keeping a clean sheet while looking confident on the ball
  • He’s registered key passes in both games this season and is an integral part of what could prove to be the best defence in the league this year

Stian Rode Gregersen (MOL – 6.0mNOK, 16.2%) vs. Brann (H)

  • Not only are Brann having a tough time of it so far, Molde are looking a good attacking team who should record an easy win on Sunday
  • At 1.91m, Gregersen is a good 2 inches taller than Brann centre-back Vegard Forren (5.0mNOK) and almost 3 inches taller than Ole Martin Kolskogen (5.0mNOK) – he could cause this defence real issues from set pieces
  • Despite conceding 3 goals in their last outing against Tromsø, I’m confident Molde will record their second clean sheet of the season against a Brann side which currently looks at home at the bottom of the table  
  • Of all defenders to play at least 8 games (8x90mins) last season, only John Kitolano (6.0mNOK) could match Gregersen’s return of 6.2 points per 90 minutes
  • In the same fixture last season Molde actually lost 2-1, but they will line up with their preferred defence on Sunday evening while Brann are without Daniel Alexander Pedersen (5.0mNOK), Fredrik Haugen and Gilbert Koomson and look far more beatable for it

Vetle Winger Dragsnes (LSK – 5.0mNOK, 8.8%) vs. Stromsgødset (A)

  • Stromsgødset (A) = Strong likelihood they are playing their football in the OBOS-Ligaen next year – probably Lillestrøm’s easiest away fixture they’ll have all year
  • Dragsnes got 5 direct goal involvements (DGI) last season (2G, 3A) for Mjøndalen who themselves scored just 26 times – along with Markus Nakkim (5.0mNOK) – he was their best player and represents a huge threat from the left-back position
  • 6th highest point-scoring defender and one of only 8 to score over 100pts in 2020
  • Is still priced at 5.0mNOK while other defenders who scored fewer points are less affordable. His deviation from the average points scored for a defender in 2020 was 45.43, or a 77.57% increase – the fact he has joined a newly promoted team is probably the only reason he isn’t priced at 5.5mNOK or higher
  • Last term, only 6 other defenders beat him for Fantasy Points, FP/Million, FP/90min and overall value combined

MIDFIELDERS

Amor Layouni (VIF – 10.4mNOK, 4.7%) vs. Kristiansund (H)

  • It’s really not happening for the ex-Bodø/Glimt man, but I’m backing him to show us all what he’s capable of in this match mainly because I really do not think any of Bent Sørmo (5.0mNOK), Erlend Sivertsen (4.5mNOK) or Snorre Strand Nilsen (5.0mNOK) will be able to cope with him 
  • 0 attacking returns in opening 2 gameweeks means he’s in less than 5% of teams, but he offers real potential and differential value this Runde
  • 18 DGI last time he played in the Eliteserien in 21 games for Glimt
  • His only teammate to attempt more crosses is Christian Dahle Borchgrevink (6.0mNOK) with 14 to his 7, but Layouni has actually completed more (2-1)

Kristoffer Zachariassen (K) (RBK – 10.1mNOK, 25.4%) vs. Bodø/Glimt (A) & Brann (H)

  • 2 goals in 2 games and 17pts = 2nd place behind Aron Dønnum (10.1mNOK) in the Fantasy Points leader board and with a DGW he’s surely odds on to be number 1 by the end of the runde
  • 3 of his 4 shots (75%) have been on target and he’s scored 2 goals – the only other player to match him is Ola Brynhildsen (7.6mNOK) (every other player with 3 shots on target has a worse goal conversion and taken more shots)
  • Between 2017 and 2019 he produced 28 DGIs at a rate of 1 every 2.93 games. Last season he returned 16 DGI in just 28 games = 1 DGI every 1.76 games. He’s clearly working on his productivity and despite the away fixture to Glimt, this DGW offers a good chance to add to those numbers
  • Like Dønnum last week, he will more than likely be the standout captaincy choice for this runde – it seems a bit foolhardy to back another horse when this one looks raring to go and is being given two bites at the cherry

Zlatko Tripic (VIK – 9.5mNOK, 2.6%) vs. Tromsø (H)

  • Tromsø (H) = Tromsø were brilliant against Molde for their 3-3 draw, and perhaps unlucky (but certainly wasteful) to lose 2-0 to Glimt but even still this is a fixture Viking will be favourites for and should win
  • After losing 5-0 to Rosenborg on Thursday, Bjarte Lunde Aarsheim and Morten Jensen’s men will be expected to silence any critics and take this game by the scruff of the neck from the start – I’m expecting goals
  • With Samúel Kári Friðjónsson (6.5mNOK) a doubt, Tripic has a good chance of starting despite budget midfielder Harald Nilsen Tangen (4.5mNOK) replacing the Icelandic attacker ahead of him vs. Rosenborg
  • Kevin Kabran (8.5mNOK) should retain his place in the starting line-up but may be moved into a more central position to accommodate Tripic on the left 
  • Even if Tripic does not start and is brought on for another 25-30 minute cameo, if he can exploit the space behind Tromsø’s five-man midfield, his fresh legs could end up wreaking havoc

Eric Kitolano (TIL – 7.5mNOK, 2.2%) vs. Viking (A)

  • Viking (A) = A game in which Tromsø would surely be expected to score, despite not being favourites 
  • Kitolano was in inspired form against Molde, bringing down Jacob Karlstrøm’s (4.5mNOK) long ball up the pitch beautifully before putting the ball into the back of the net for Tromsø’s equaliser
  • Scored 11 goals and got 6 assists in 28 games last season and can play up front or in the centre of midfield – he’s Tromsø’s most creative and attacking player so expect plenty of goal involvement from him
  • 3 shots, 2 on target 1 goal and 1 big chance missed in two games (against Bodø/Glimt and Molde)
  • Has 1 assist from 2 key passes and 1 big chance created and faces a far less-disciplined team and weaker defence this runde

Oliver Valaker Edvardsen (STB – 7.0mNOK, 8.3%) vs. Odd (H)

  • 2020 Stats: 125pts, 6G, 6A, 8CS, 13 BFP – pretty ridiculous for a midfielder at a midtable club like Stabæk while only costing 6.5mNOK at the time
  • Only 4 teams conceded more goals than Odd in 2020 and while Stabæk aren’t exactly known for scoring loads of goals, I think Edvardsen will looking at this game as one in which he should be scoring
  • There wasn’t much daylight between these teams last season (4pts) but Stabæk lost just 4 times at home and conceded 17 only goals 
  • His team’s most creative and attacking player and actually played a mere 7 fewer accurate final 1/3 passes than Viking’s Veton Berisha (10.5mNOK) last campaign
  • Odd may have won this fixture last season (1-0) but they are without the evergreen Espen Ruud (7.0mNOK) due to injury and a plethora of talented players have all moved on, leaving them a much easier proposition than they were almost a year ago

FORWARDS

Ohikhuaeme Omoijuanfo (V) (MOL – 11.5mNOK, 10.2%) vs. Brann (H)

  • He might have missed a penalty against Kristiansund on the opening day of the season (and scored a huge 0pts before being taken off after 68 minutes) but he made up for that abysmal performance by scoring a brace in his last game away to Tromsø
  • He also created 2 chances from just 8 accurate passes and 18 touches
  • Scored with both of his shots
  • Has 52 goals over the last 4 seasons (scoring 12 and setting up 4 in just over 17x90mins in 2020)
  • 22/25 shots conceded by Brann in their opening two games have been inside the box – if they allow Molde the same amount of access, expect Ohi to take advantage

Ibrahima Koné (S08 – 7.5mNOK, 1.8%) vs. Haugesund (H)

  • Haugesund (H) = Not a game I expect Sarpsborg to win 3 or 4 nil, but I see goals in this one and the home team have a far more attractive team at their expense than Haugesund do
  • Kone made the switch from Haugesund to Sarpsborg at the end of last season and with ex-Bodo/Glimt forward Kristian Fardal Opseth (8.5mNOK) and Mostafa Abdellaoue (7.0mNOK) both injured, he’ll be leading the line this weekend
  • At just 21 years old he’s yet to find his goalscoring feet but is part of the Mail U23 setup is widely viewed as having a lot of potential
  • With creative players such as Ole Jørgen Halvorsen (6.5mNOK), Jonathan Lindseth (6.5mNOK) and the wonderful Anton Salétros (6.5mNOK) (plus others) providing him service, he has a good chance of opening his account for his new club on his debut

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

    And the hits just keep on coming...
    4-0 Molde

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

      Ohi hat-trick

  2. Ben Phippen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Kaptain Ohi has got me more points the rest of my team put together...

    1. ReindeerHotdog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Great call mate. Was definitely going to be up there but yeah, I wouldn't have dared captained such an erratic player ahead of steady Rosenborg assets in a DGW.

      Either way, sometimes it works out.

      1. Ben Phippen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        It's worked out okay so far. One thing (from many) that I've learnt from playing FPL is that the best captain option in a DGW isn't always a DGW player so it pays to take a gamble on a SGW player captaincy now & again. Rest of my team has been pretty rubbish this gameweek though with only Solholm Johansen, Sorli & Ohi getting more than 2 points so far. Up to 355 overall though so shouldn't really complain.

        Any idea why Risa was dropped / rotated / rested?

        Also, I still can't join the FFS mini-league to benchmark myself against others. Did the league code change when the league got renewed?

        1. ReindeerHotdog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I still think Zachariassen was definitely the better captaincy option.

          Don't forget they both play Brann at home but Zachariassen has another fixture and he's a midfielder so his goals are more valuable.

          I didn't see a hat-trick coming and logically there's little between them ability wise. I do agree that SGW players sometimes make better DGW captains but I don't think that's the case this week.

          Risa is a rotation risk with Haugen. It's just how it is unfortunately. If you have him you risk him not playing. They were rotated last year during European campaign so it's good to see where we stand this early on - there will be rotation.

          Good OR mate. These first few GWs have been tricky to navigate so for me it's more about points and points gap than OR right now. Not where I want to be or feel I should be (people getting a CS for Karlstrom while I get two for Craninx this week is ridiculous for example) but overall my team is in good shape for the coming weeks.

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

    How anyone watched the second goal Molde scored today and thought that's an assisted goal is beyond me. Presumably it will get fixed.

    1. Niemi
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      It's fixed now.

  4. ReindeerHotdog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    I am sorry but if someone gets a hat trick he gets all 3 BFP.

    I know we all love MWE but that is just ridiculous.

    29k for this Runde.

    6pts from Risa, Borchgrevink, EDR, Zach(k), Berisha and Donnum combined. Seriously.

    Genuinely don't understand how my score is below average - who has everyone else got?!

    Maybe Karlstrom in goal but Ohi and MWE aren't massively owned, neither is Sorli. At a loss here.

    Oh well, onto next week. The RBK v MOL game probably won't make much difference as everyone will have the same players for that.

    1. ffs casual
        1 month, 7 days ago

        33pts and 12k here and that was with a wildcard. The average is 31pts so not a high scoring round so far.

        Only Brynhildsen, Ebiye and Karlstrom got any points for me, but RBK go again on Thursday and that was the reason for sticking the K on one of them. On the bright side, it probably stopped you from putting the armband on Donnum this week with what looked like an easy home tie.

        Thought both Viking and Tromso were wasteful today. Berisha had no service which is a worry. Tromso quick on the counter and could have scored more if they got their passing going. Both teams had penalty shouts turned down which could have been given.

        1. ReindeerHotdog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Played Craninx over Karlstrom = lost points
          Risa benched
          EDR, Bjorkan and Borchgrevink blanks
          Donnum misses penalty, Zachariassen blank, Bell blank
          Berisha BLANK
          Aursnes and Botheim only returns.

          Now I know that's not a bad team and those fixtures were kind, too. That's horrendous luck - in need of a complete demolition of Brann on Thursday now.

          Should've trusted my gut about Brynhildsen - had him at start of last season and he never found his rhythm. One of my favourite players and loved him at Stabaek. Gutted I missed out on his decent form but really good call backing him mate!

          1. ffs casual
              1 month, 6 days ago

              That is a good team, but some weeks it just doesn't happen. Brynhildsen has done well. He would probably have done even better, but doesn't seem to get the full 90 minutes. I brought him in on the wildard as as a replacement for the injured Fridjonsson, who turned out not to be injured so it was a little good fortune.

      • leo_messi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Best midfielder for max 7.5 fo the next few?

        A) Brunstad Fet
        B) Eric Kitolano

        1. ReindeerHotdog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Brunstad Fet for me based largely on his form and how good Totland looks.

          Fet is being completely ignored for some reason yet he is one of the most effective players in the league at the moment.

          Will 100% be in my team soon.

          1. ReindeerHotdog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Ok he's in my team now.

            1. leo_messi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Thank you

        2. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Botheim injury bad?

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

        Stabæk
        12 Robert Marcus Sandberg
        3 Yaw Eystein Ihle Amankwah
        5 Mats Goberg Solheim
        15 Sturla Ottesen
        27 Nicolas Pignatel Jenssen
        8 Herolind Shala
        11 Kornelius Normann Hansen
        14 Kristian Bernt Torgersen
        22 Sammy Solitaire Siddharta Skytte
        19 Kosuke Kinoshita
        23 Oliver Valaker Edvardsen

        Odd
        1 Sondre Løvseth Rossbach
        4 Odin Luraas Bjørtuft
        11 Gilli Rolantsson Sørensen
        23 Solomon Owusu
        25 John Shuguto Kitolano
        6 Magnus LekvenKAPTEIN
        7 Filip Rønningen Jørgensen
        16 Joshua Gaston Kitolano
        8 Markus André Kaasa
        9 Mushaga Bakenga
        20 Tobias Lauritsen

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

        Stabaek take the lead in the 10th minute.
        Hansen with the opener

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

        Odd strike back in the 19th minute
        1-1

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

          Bakenga starts where he left off last season

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

        Odd take the lead just before half time
        1-2

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

          Bakenga brace to follow on from the earlier penalty

      • ReindeerHotdog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Botheim looks like he should start in GW4 and the entire Sandefjord squad has been put in a 1 day waiting quarantine so there could be more chaos going forward.

        Dino will remain penalty taker when he's on the pitch with no set choice when he's not.

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

        Rosenborg

        1 Andre Hansen
        2 Erlend Dahl Reitan
        15 Holmar Örn Eyjolfsson
        16 Even Hovland
        25 Carl Adam Andersson
        4 Vebjørn Alvestad Hoff
        11 Carl Johan Holse Justesen
        18 Kristoffer Zachariassen
        10 Guillermo Federico Molins Palmeiro
        22 Stefano Giuseppe Arne Holmquist Vecchia
        35 Emil Konradsen Ceide

        Brann

        1 Håkon Eikemo Opdal
        2 Ole Didrik Blomberg
        3 Vegard Valgermo Forren
        4 Ole Martin Lekven Kolskogen
        21 Ruben Kristiansen
        7 Mathias Knutsen Rasmussen
        9 Petter Dahle Strand KAPTEIN
        15 Kasper Holmboe Skaanes
        11 Karamoko Daouda Bamba
        14 Moonga Aluta Simba
        16 Robert Thomas Taylor

      • ReindeerHotdog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Got rid of Sorli this week for Zachariassen. Doubled down and brought in EDR for Vevatne for -4, too.

        Currently:

        Sorli - 11pts
        Zachariassen - 7pts

        EDR - 1pt
        Vevatne - 1pt

        Without transfers = 12pts
        With transfers = 8pts (-4) = 4pts

        So I'm down 8pts at the moment - perhaps EDR will get a CS which will bring it back to within 4pts, but Sorli to Zachariassen was a good shout for this week and it's frustrating to be down points on a move which makes sense on paper.

        Part of the game but still, it made sense to make that move. Demoralising for sure!

        1. ffs casual
            1 month, 3 days ago

            No cleam sheet for EDR. Brann with two quick goals and nothing more than they deserve. Playing well. RBK reminding me why I hardlt selected them last season.

            RBK should get another goal, they are getting chances.

            1. ffs casual
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Although looking at a replay Zach should probably have been given a second goal that was not given. Brann then went up the pitch and scored.

              • ReindeerHotdog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Yup seems that way.

                Again, I'd rather be suffering at the start of the season like this - can get out of holes much easier than if they strike midway through.

                For me it's a case of getting rid of any RBK defenders and then deciding whether or not the money spent on Zachariassen could be better spent elsewhere. No other assets are going to tempt me - this team STILL doesn't seem to know what it wants to do.

                Brann had an xG average of less than 1 coming into this game. Felt more than comfortable targeting their lack of ability in scoring goals but just wasn't to be.

                Feel hard done by but meh, it happens.

                1. ffs casual
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    3 goals for Zach may convince you to keep him. He should have had a fourth had the other goal been given.

                    1. ReindeerHotdog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      It should have been four - he was hard done by there.

                      His 2nd and 3rd looked like really poor defending to me (didn't see his first) and his disallowed goal was always pretty calamitous.

                      As I previously stated, I think he's by far the best attacking RBK asset there is, despite not being on set-pieces as most of the play ends up finding its way to him.

                      I'm still not 100% sold on keeping him for the entire season but for now he will stay.

                      EDR will leave my team in Runde 5 for multiple reasons.

            2. ReindeerHotdog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 3 days ago

              That looked a perfectly good goal to me - although when the replay was about to show us the best angle it cut out due to Brann's attack.

              How Hansen lets Taylor's shot in there is beyond me. Really poor goalkeeping.

            3. Bunk Moreland
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              VGLive has Taylor with the assist for Kristiansens goal. Any chance it will be given? I’m not watching the game .

              1. ffs casual
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  Sofascore have Rasmussen with the assist for that goal. The goal was from a corner so I couldn't really see who may have got a touch.

              2. ReindeerHotdog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 3 days ago

                2-2 and Zach gets a brace.

                1. ReindeerHotdog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  Wiedesheim-Paul with the assist

              3. ReindeerHotdog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Zachariassen with the hat-trick. Should be four but I guess that'll have to do..

                1. ReindeerHotdog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  Hovland with his second assist of the game.

                2. ash and swanson inc
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  I do appreciate Captain Zach! just played my wildcard and did consider taking him out but no chance now

              4. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Had Zachariassen c with 3 goals and Taylor with 1 goal and assist, not bad in 1 match!

                1. ffs casual
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    3 goals and i'd expect 3bps for Zach. Great captain choice. Taylor may not get the assist. Seems Rasmussen may get it. Video highlights for the match are here: https://www.eliteserien.no/video