Stromsgodset played below expectations, from the end of August, without a win in the last 4 matches, and 3 defeats in a row. They couldn’t do much in the away clash with Lillestrom in the local derby at Oslo area. With 29 points, they are in 9th place in the standings, 7 points above the play-out line, with 8 more matches to go. Today, the only absence is Kreshnik Krasniqi (10/0). Kristiansund grabbed the third win in a row, at home against strong and in-form Valerenga. With this victory, they reached 16 points and for the first time came out of the last place in the standings, 6 points behind the play-out line and 7 from the direct stay. Due to injuries unavailable are Aasbak (14/1 out in the last 4 matches) and Mawa (7/0 out from June). The two teams are in diametrically opposite situations. Stromsgodset comes from 3 consecutive defeats and shows instability in its defensive line. Kristiansund has finally „awakened” and is fighting with all its might to stay. The form is on their side, and can continue the positive streak.