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Hudiksvall vs Dalkurd prediction 12 June 2021


As the Swedish domestic game continues to return to regular matchdays, the next round of fixtures in the Ettan Norra promises to be pretty intriguing affairs. In what will be the first meeting of the season between Hudiksvall and Dalkurd, we should be seeing an interesting match-up. The two teams will meet on the 12th June, with Hudiksvall acting as the hosts. The third tier of the Swedish game has so far been an interesting season, with some intriguing match-ups.

While neither team are likely to be in the title fight – Dalkurd are in 4th position, with 18 points from 10 games, while Hudiksvall sit 14th, with just 9 points from 9 games. The latter also arrives on a 3-match losing streak, while Dalkurd lost their last match. So, there is plenty to be played for in what promises to be an intriguing and well-contested tie.

Coming into this important match-day, both teams are fighting for different objectives. Hudiksvall will likely find themselves fighting relegation, while Dalkurd are far more likely to be fighting for promotion. At the moment, they are seen as a team with a good chance of being promoted, albeit in the playoffs. Still, it would be not a shock to see both teams wind up in a mid-table position. At this level, all it takes is one or two injuries to transform the entire seasons objectives.

At the moment, then, fans of both teams will see an intriguing match-up between two teams representing different demographics and supports.

Recent form

Both clubs arrive in difficult circumstances. Hudiksvall have endured a tough run of games, with their last game being a 1-0 loss at home. They’ve also lost their last three, with their previous win being a 3-1 victory at home to IF Karlstad on the 8th May. They have struggled for consistency, with six of their nine points arriving since the start of May.

Dalkurd, meanwhile, lost a thriller in their last match, going down 3-2 away from home to Sandviken

Dalkurd, though, will be encouraged by the form of Arian Kabashi, who scored a brace in their loss. In terms of form overall across the year, though, it would be fair to say that Dalkurd are in a much better place in terms of goals. They have been scoring an average of 1.9 goals per game, which is far more than the 0.78 goals per game average managed by Hudiksvall.

Averaging over 10 shots per game, too Dalkurd are the more attacking side of the two. However, metrics show that Hudiksvall actually tend to be a touch more clinical; as a more robust counter-attacking side, they tend to have more clear cut chances out of the shots they create.

Both sides concede around 1.5 goals per game so far this year, too, so both are relatively light at the back. This could create a high-scoring affair, with both teams creating chances and having a habit of scoring their clearer cut chances.

Things to consider

We can see this being a solid game in terms of goals. We would back 2.5 goals or over stretch, with the league seeing an average of 55+ games with 2.5 goals plus. Both teams happen to be quite poor defensively, which should in theory open up a list of opportunities for both sides. However, we would say that Dalkurd are almost certainly the team to look out for coming into this tie.

Both teams are struggling for immediate form. Dalkurd have won just one of their last five, though have drawn two of the five as well. Hudiksvall, meanwhile, have lost three on the spin but collected two of their three wins from the first nine games.

Both teams do tend to have the chances, but with Dalkurd having more of a consistent attacking play we could see them taking control of this tie. It’s an important match, though, as they are already six points off the top and only three points ahead of Sylvia, who sit in 7th spot. As such, a win here does a lot to help Dalkurd move further into the promotion race – a loss to a team so far down the standings, though, could create a bit of a downward spiral.

As the season really begins to kick off into motion, now, it will be up to Dalkurd – owners of the third best goalscoring rate in the league – to find the right blend between attack and defence. However, 15 goals conceded in 10 games is not a sign of a team that can consistently keep the opposition out. With the worst defence in the top five by far, Dalkurd need a statement win here to get their season back on track.

Hudiksvall vs Dalkurd prediction: A tough match-up, but a 3-1 win for Dalkurd is where we see the game going.

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