SWEDEN: Allsvenskan round-up


After a two-week break, Allsvenskan returned this week, providing us with more movement at both ends of the table, as well as an abundance of goals.

Unfortunately, the first game back after the break didn’t provide as much entertainment as many would have been hoping for, as both Gefle and Öster were unable to find the back of the net in their clash at Strömvallen and were forced to share the points in a goalless draw. For the former, the draw was their fourth in a row, and they would go on to draw 0-0 again with Elfsborg the following Wednesday, extending their winless streak to ten games. Sitting just three points clear of the relegation zone in twelfth-place, equal on points with Öster who remain in eleventh, Gefle are in danger of slipping into the dreaded drop zone if their results do not start quickly improving.

Also equal on points with them are thirteenth-place Djurgården, who remain unbeaten since being taken over by Norwegian manager Per-Mathias Høgmo. Blårånderna extended their unbeaten run to five games when they drew 0-0 with IFK Göteborg, but they remain two points ahead of fourteenth-place Brommapojkarna and three points ahead of fifteenth-place Halmstad after the two sides drew 1-1 when they met in Stockholm on Wednesday.

As for IFK Göteborg, they went on to beat ninth-place Norrköping 2-1 on Thursday evening to move up to second place in the table, two points ahead of third-place Elfsborg and one point behind leaders Helsingborg, albeit having played one more game than the former and two more than the latter.

IFK Göteborg are now also two points ahead of fourth-place Malmö FF after they came from behind late on to beat bottom-of-the-table Syrianska FC 3-2 away from home on Thursday evening, thanks to two goals inside the last ten minutes from Tukelo Rantie and Jiloan Hamad. They are now unbeaten in their last four league games and remain three points ahead of Kalmar, who beat sixth-place Mjällby 2-0 on the same evening to move above them to sixth place. They are only one point ahead, however, and have played one more game than their nearest rivals, with that game, played last Monday evening, ending in a 2-2 draw with Norrköping.

Meanwhile, Åtvidaberg moved above AIK and into seventh-place in the top half of the table thanks to their 2-0 win away to Häcken, with the two goals coming in the second half from Daniel Sjölund (his first for the club since moving from Djurgården at the end of last season) and Viktor Prodell. Häcken, who have now lost their last two consecutive league games, remain in tenth place, three points behind Åtvidaberg but still just one point behind ninth-place Norrköping.

Ben Cullimore

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