Velje and Odense will clash on Friday, May 14 at Vejle Stadion in the Superliga Relegation Group. Both sit 11 points clear of Lyngby in 11th and with only a couple more rounds left to be played, Vejle and Odense are guaranteed to stay in the Danish top-flight. While they can breathe easy, that doesn’t mean we are in for a laid-back and action-less match
Vejle vs Odense
When: Friday, May 14 – 19:00 CEST
Where: Vejle Stadion in Vejle, Denmark
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 13°C
Referee: Jørgen Daugbjerg Burchardt
Vejle and Odense have already achieved their main goals – to stay in the Danish top flight for another season.
Both are in the Superliga Relegation Group, but no matter what happens in the remainder of the season, they will not get relegated.
This, however, doesn’t mean they have nothing to fight for. Both teams are still in the race for a spot in the Conference League Play-Offs.
Vejle Looking for Their Fourth Straight Win Over Odense
Veile won each of their previous three meetings with Odense. What’s even more impressive is that they didn’t allow a single goal in those duels.
However, before their head-to-head dominance started, Vejle were without a single win over Odense for over 20 years. Actually, their 1-0 win over Odense in October 2020 was their first of the 21st century.
Constantin Gâlcă’s men would surely like to add another win to the tally, which doesn’t seem too crazy knowing that they’ve been pretty decent at home this season. In fact, they have only one loss at Vejle Stadium in 2021.
Another fact that testifies their good home record is that they are averaging 2.86 goals on home turf. In their most recent home game, Vejle beat Sonderjyske 4-2, marking their fourth victory in their last 10.
Vejle are 4-5-1 at home, with their only loss coming against Aalborg (0-2) in March.
Odense Without Their First-Choice Goalie
Odense are 3-4-7 on the road, which isn’t great, however, they have scored 39 goals in away games which translated to a 2.79 average. Seeing Odense score that many goals on the road isn’t too shocking and it’s fair to expect that trend won’t stop tonight.
On a more negative side, Jakob Michelsen’s men are 1-1-3 on the road across their last five, which includes back-to-back losses to Aalborg (2-3) and Sonderjyske (0-2). What’s more, Odense allowed nine goals across their last five away games.
Odense enter tonight’s match with a few absentees including their first-choice goalkeeper Oliver Christensen who got injured in mid-April. He was since replaced by Sayouba Mande who wasn’t very effective – he conceded six goals since stepping in.
Although Mande managed to keep a clean sheet in Odense’s 1-0 victory against Aalborg, he wasn’t consistent enough for us to believe he’ll manage that again. Particularly against a side that have averaged 2.86 goals at home.
To make matters worse, Odense are also dealing with injuries amongst their defenders.
Ryan Johnson Laursen, who’s featured in 18 games this season is out with an injury. The same goes for Kasper Larsen, who’s played two games more.
It doesn’t stop there. Odense will also be without two defensive midfielders from the first team, namely, Janus Drachmann (16 games) and Troels Klove (24 games).
Vejle vs Odense Betting Picks
Even though Veile look like they shouldn’t struggle too much tonight, nothing seems certain in a match between two high-scoring sides. Odense might have conceded a bit too many goals of late, but they were also fairly efficient in finding responses.
They’re definitely good enough to win and we can be sure the visitors will be eager to end their losing streak against Vejle.
Anything can happen in this game, but there’s one thing that seems certain – we’re going to see an entertaining encounter. By “entertaining” we mean goals and lots of them.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
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