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Norway Eliteserien Results

Eliteserien intro

Some of the best betting advice any newbie punter will get is to dig through as many betting offers as possible before committing to one. There is almost always a better option around the corner if you know what to look for.

Combine this with the fact that if you’re looking for value bets – the smaller the league, the better it is. Therefore, you can start to see why familiarizing yourself with as many leagues as possible is a good idea.

To that end, in this article we’ll be taking a close look at Norway’s Eliteserien. This overview will feature this league’s history and format, key teams and players, as well as a lot of other information useful for betting on the Eliteserien league.

Eliteserien History and General Info

Eliteserien is the top-level professional league for association football clubs in Norway. It was founded back in 1937, although back then it went by the name of Norgesserien, which translates to The League of Norway. It has gone through quite a lot of changes in terms of both structure and organization since then, however, along with all other Norwegian football leagues.

The UEFA association coefficient system ranks the Eliteserien as the 23rd-best national league in the world at the time this review was compiled.

Before 1937, only regional leagues existed in the country, and the Norwegian Cup was the only competition played on a national level. Starting with the 1937-38 season, however, these smaller championships were divided into 8 regional districts and tied together in playoff series that would determine the national champion. There were still plans to merge these loosely connected leagues into a national competition, however, but such plans were interrupted by the outbreak of World War 2.

They finally came to fruition in 1948, when the Hovedserien was created, which roughly translates to The Main League.It consisted of the top 16 teams from the district leagues. These teams were divided into two groups of eight, and the group winners would play a two-legged final to determine the ultimate winner. This system ended in a transitional league season which lasted for a jaw-dropping 15 months, where half the teams were relegated.

In 1963, the top-tier league was renamed to 1. Divisjon, or the First Division. This name also proved to be temporary and lasted until 1990, when Eliteserien finally developed its current format. The name 1. Divisjon was instead used for the second-tier league in Norway.

Up until 2016, this league was dubbed the Tippeligaen due to a sponsorship deal with Norsk Tipping, Norway's national lottery.

Currently, the Eliteserien consists of the 16 highest-ranked Norwegian professional football teams. Seasons run from March to November, during which each team plays every other team twice – once home and once away. This means 30 matches for each team, for a combined total of 240 matches per season.

Games are usually played during the weekend, mostly on Sundays. For the final two rounds, all games are played simultaneously, so that no club has an advantage by knowing the results of the other matches. The round played on the 16 of May is usually given special attention as the “national day of football”, because it’s played the day before Norway’s Constitution Day, and thus has higher attendance.

Eliteserien uses a fairly standard point system, where teams receive 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. Teams are then ranked by total points, then goal difference, goals scored, and then head to head records.

There are no playoffs in this league: the team with the most points is crowned the League Winner. The title of “Norwegian Champions” is instead reserved for the winners of the Norwegian Football Cup.

The two teams with the least points are automatically relegated to the 1st Division, from which the top two teams are promoted to take their place. Also, he fourteenth-placed team in Eliteserien must enter play-offs against the third-placed team from the second-tier league to determine if they get to keep their place.

The top three teams are also awarded medals, like in competitions such as the Olympics.

The most decorated team in the history of Eliteserien are Rosenborg by far, which boast 25 gold medals, 7 silvers, and 4 bronze medals. Behind Rosenborg are Fredrikstad with 9 gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals. Not far behind are Viking Stavanger, who can boast 8 golds, 2 silvers, and 8 bronze medals.

The league’s all-round best goal scorer is Sigurd Rushfeldt, with 172 goals over 299 appearances during his carer between 1992 and 2011, most of which he spent playing for Rosenborg. Just behind is Harald Martin Brattbakk with 166 goals over 255 matches.

Eliteserien Title Challengers

Now, let’s take a look at some of the teams most likely to take the title this season. Having some basic knowledge of these teams is very important for Eliteserien league betting. To start with, we’ve gone across Eliteserien betting odds given by some of the biggest online bookmakers and betting sites. This should give us a good idea about who might be a good candidate for wagers.

Being the league’s historically most successful team, Rosenborg are given some very competitive odds at 9/4, or 3.25. The bookies, however, don’t really consider them the biggest favourites: Molde, the current title holders, are given odds of 7/10, or 1.70.

Further down the list, we have Viking, with odds of 15/1, or 16.00, which gives the first two teams a significant lead in terms of perceived chances of taking home the title. Next up are Sk Brann and Odd Ballklub with 19/1 (20.00) and 24/1 (25.00) respectively.

Rosenborg BK

Rosenborg Ballklub, most often simply referred to as Rosenborg or RBK, is Norway’s most decorated professional football team. Based in the city of Trondheim, Rosenborg boast 26 Eliteserien titles and 12 Norwegian Cup trophies. Additionally, they have participated in more UEFA matches than any other team in the country.

They were originally founded as Odd (Not to be confused with the Odd club which currently plays in the same league) but only started playing in 1928 after they adopted their current name. They were promoted to Norway’s top-flight league in 1937. Rosenborg's first national title came in 1960 and resulted in their first-ever qualification to a UEFA tournament.

Their true golden era, however, only came about after the 1985 season. From 1991 to 2003, Rosenborg won 13 consecutive league titles, most of which were under their legendary manager Nils Arne Eggen. This period also saw them get to the group stage of the Champions League 11 times, but the furthest they ever got was the quarter-finals of 1996-97.

As expected, they’re one of the strongest teams in the league coming into this season. They mostly go with a balanced 4-3-3 formation, although it has been getting mixed results. They tend to favour the left side of the midfield and fire sudden, explosive actions rather than slowly build-up pressure.

Molde FK

This football club was founded more than 100 years ago in Molde, on the eastern coast of Norway. It was originally known as International up until 1915. They wer part of lower Norwegian leagues for decades. For a while, during the 90s, they were even known, somewhat mockingly, for their constant second-place finishes.

This all changed rapidly with the coming of the 21st century when Molde meteorically rose through the ranks to the very top of Norwegian football. This culminated in recent years when they won three consecutive national titles between 2011 and 2014. Further still, they are the current reigning champions of Eliteserien.

Additionally, Molde can boast four Norwegian Cup trophies and are 9-time runners up. They are also one of only two teams from Norway who participated in the Champions League, along with Rosenborg. For this reason, and the fact that these two teams represent the peak of today’s football in this Scandinavian country, there is a strong rivalry between Molde and Rosenborg.

Their successes are largely attributed to former coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær. When Solskjær left in 2018 to manage Manchester United, there were many who doubted Molde’s ability to maintain their form – and were all proven wrong with the club’s title victory in the 2018-19 season.

Statistically, they’re coming into this season as strong as ever, with an over 80% win rate in the pre-season. With some promising young talent in the offence, and the midfield powerhouse that is Magnus Wolff Eikrem at the helm, the Eliteserien betting odds we mentioned above make more sense than ever.

Viking FK

Internationally known as Viking Stavanger, this football club was founded in 1899 in the city of Stavanger, in the south of Norway. They’re considered one of the most successful football teams in the country, with 8 Eliteserien titles and 6 Norwegian Cups. Their most recent league title was won in 1991, but the most recent Cup trophy is from last season.

However, it’s also important to note that Viking have consistently remained in the top-flight league since its inception. They’ve only been relegated to the 1st Division in for three seasons total, which is a fairly impressive track record.

Their last relegation was two seasons ago, but they managed to come back stronger than ever. This time around, they held on firmly to their spot on the Eliteserien with a solid 5th placement. As far as this season is concerned, though, it remains to be seen whether 5th place is a peak. Some continue to doubt this, considering their outstanding left winger Zlato Tripic left the squad.

Eliteserien Relegation Favourites

Another aspect important for betting on the Eliteserien league is considering which teams are least likely to take home the title. Let’s take a quick look at which teams’ forms are not looking great heading into this season.

Stabæk

Internationally referred to as Stabaek, this club has spent most of its relatively long history in the top-tier league, but their successes have been few and far between. These include a Norwegian Cup victory in 1998, and a single Eliteserien title in 2008, which is generally considered their most successful season.

Since then, they’ve been narrowly avoiding relegation. Stabaek saw mixed results at best last season, and things aren’t exactly looking up going into this one.

FK Bodo / Glimt

Founded in 1915, this club’s official name is FK Bodø, but they are more commonly called Glimt, which was their original name. Their biggest successes include runner-up positions in Eliteserien in 1977, 1993, 2003, and 2019 and two Norwegian Cups.

They are known for their yellow kits and giant yellow toothbrushes that their supporters like to carry to matches. In the early 2000s, Glimt were considered one of Norway's top professional football teams, which is sadly no longer exactly true. Coming into this season, they lost some key players, so things are not looking great.

Sarpsborg 08

The “08” in this team’s name represents the year in which they were founded, making them one of the younger clubs in Eliteserien. As such, they’ve spent most of their history alternating before the top league and the 1st Division, and don’t have a lot to show in terms of titles and trophies.

Last season saw some surprise successes in the Europa League, but their most recent outings have proven to be inefficient and frustrating.

Eliteserien Top Players

Now, let’s take a look at some of Eliteserien’s most distinguished players.

Birger Meling

This 25-year-old joined Rosenborg back in 2017, and quickly became a key part of their defensive line. Moreover, he is one of the many reasons this team usually ends up dominating the left side of the pitch. He is currently considered the most highly valued player in the entire league, which should speak volumes in its own right. Meling plays in the left-back position but is noted as a very versatile player who can round out almost any formation.

Eirik Hestad

Hestad’s name has become synonymous with Molde FK, considering he never played for any other team – barring Molde’s own Under 21 squad. Beloved by both fans and teammates alike, he is known for his leadership, and his full potential is realised when part of a good squad.

When it comes down to it, though, Hestad is a great player on a technical level as well and has been the driving force behind Molde’s offence for years.

Magnus Wolff Eikrem

In addition to Hestad, Molde’s offence is further bolstered by Eikrem, giving this team the most frightening attacking duo in the entire league. We’ve already mentioned this attacking midfielder in this article, and it’s easy to see why. With an average of 2.9 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game, Eikrem’s presence is felt in almost any stage of the game.

Still, this player is a typical playmaker, through-and-through. In fact, he is so essential to Molde’s overall strategy that their own coach described him as “Molde’s Michael Carrick.”

Eliteserien Rising Stars

This section is devoted to this league’s young players who have not yet had the chance to show their potential.

Samuel Adegbenro

Adegbenro is part of the young talent Rosenborg has been bringing in lately. This Nigerian left winger’s time in the pitch has increased substantially in the team’s recent matches, and he is yet to disappoint. He quickly distinguished himself for his speed and ability to play on either flank.

Fredrik Aursnes

Aursnes is Molde’s defensive midfielder and is well-known for his impeccable tackles and ball-winning ability. Even though he is relatively young and new to the squad, last season saw him be a part of Molde’s starting lineup in every single match. Consider that Molde are last seasons’s champions, and you can easily draw your own conclusions about this player.

Eliteserien Derby Matches

Norwegian football is somewhat lacking in terms of particularly long-standing or heated derbies. What we mean is that they don’t really have their own names, as some other famed derbies do. Still, the very peak of football in Norway is crowned by the showdown between two of the country’s most successful teams.

Molde FK–Rosenborg BK

This rivalry first caught the attention of Norwegian football fans during the 1990s, which was Rosenborg’s arguably most successful period. During this club’s absolute dominance of domestic leagues, Molde developed their team to become the only squad who could realistically stand in their way. Nowadays, matches between these two teams are some of the most exciting in the Scandinavian peninsula.

Eiteserien Best Stadiums

Lerkendal Stadion

Located in Trondheim, Lekendal is Rosenborg’s base of operations and the country’s second-largest stadium – just behind Ullevaal, which is reserved for the Norwegian national team. It has a capacity of 21,405. It used to be a multi-purpose stadium until Rosenborg purchased it in 2000 and saw to major expansions in addition to converting it to be used exclusively for football.

Viking Stadion

Currently known as the SR-Bank Arena, this stadium is Viking Stavanger’s home pitch, and is thus located in their home town of Stavanger. It boasts a capacity of around 16,000, with plans for further expansion.