Göteborg – Norrköping
IFK Göteborg hosts Norrköping in a match from the 17th round of the Swedish Allsvenskan.
Göteborg are currently 11th in the league standings, having won 19 points so far. Sadly for them, they are closer to the relegation zone than to the top. In their last five games Göteborg lost twice, drew twice and won just once.
In 15 games played so far, Göteborg have scored 21 games and have conceded 19.
Norrköping on the other hand are in a much better position at the moment. They are currently 5th in the league standings with 27 points, but the difference between them and the 2nd Sirius is just three points. This means that Norrköping could move really closer to the top if they manage to win their next game. And most surely they are the favourites to do it.
But Norrköping are in a really bad form at the moment. They have lost three games in a row, which is why they moved down to the 5th place. It’s a really unexplainable dip in form for Norrköping, as they had just two losses in the league before that. They know that they can’t continue like this, if they want to keep their place among the favourites for a place in the Top 3. It’s debatable if they still have a chance to win the title, but winning a qualification for the Europa League is still a realistic goal in front of them.
As for Göteborg, time will tell if they can make something more of their season. Right now it looks like their most realistic goal is a mid-table finish in the Allsvenskan. But even for this they will have to find some improvement in term of consistency. This is what Göteborg are really missing at the moment and they know it well.