..and now, for a league with more minnows than your average aquarium: It’s the Adeccoliga!
The second tier of Norwegian football is rather less glamorous and appealing than the fabulous Tippeliga, but in terms of excitement and competitiveness it frequently delivers. The 2009-edition of the Adeccoliga got off to an interesting start this weekend, with newly demoted HamKam losing to Tom “Keiko” Nordlie’s Kongsvinger. Having been thoroughly relegated from the Tippeliga last term HamKam are nevertheless favorites to go straight back up again, and while Kongsvinger are very much dark horses in this competition this result is a significant blow to the boys from Briskeby.
Another pre-season favorite for promotion, Moss, got of to a better start altogether as they beat Løv-Ham 2-1. Haugesund have been amongst the very few teams to show some ambition in the transfer-market this winter, but they could only come away with a 2-2 draw from their tricky opening game away to Tromsdalen.
Newly promoted Skeid got off to a surprisingly good start by beating Notodden 3-0 away from home, a result that on paper doesn’t make a whole lot of sense as Notodden were quite handy last season. NIL-Trysil could possibly be amongst the teams gunning for promotion this season, and they got off to a good start against Mjøndalen, recording a comfortable 1-0 win.
After a disastrous 2008 campaign and a winter of discontent, Bryne got off to an uninspiring start with a 0-0 home draw with Sarpsborg 08. Everyone’s favorite Northern minnows Alta on the other hand would give an arm and a leg for an uninspiring 0-0 draw: They somehow contrived to lose 3-1 at home against newly promoted Stavanger.
Sogndal face Hønefoss tonight in a fixture that for reasons passing understanding is being televised.
There was no proper preview coverage of this league, but here are some spectacularly half-assed predictions:
HamKam will get promoted. Moss, NIL-Trysil and Sogndal will battle for the second automatic promotion spot, along with possibly Kongsvinger and Haugesund. Notodden, Skeid, Bryne, Sarpsborg 08, Løv-Ham and Hønefoss will all faff about in mid-table seemingly without point or purpose, while Alta, Mjøndalen, Tromsdalen, Stavanger will all get relegated.