Valur are back at the top of the Urvalsdeild, but will they be able to make that spot their own in the coming weeks? The reigning champions are hoping to secure another title, but they’re currently only ahead at the top of a very tight table. There are just four points between the top half teams as things stand, so Valur have plenty of rivals when it comes down to the title race. If they’re to win the league for the 22nd time, then they’ll need to continue their excellent run of form, and they have the perfect game to do so this weekend.
They visit IBV, the side who sit second from bottom in the top flight. The champions heading to a side struggling against relegation should be seen as a very straightforward affair, yet Valur are well priced for a victory. Are the bookies worried about a potential upset? It’s hard to make much of a case for one, as IBV have been struggling for some time now. Even the recent record between these two sides shows a clear winner.
Value have won the last three encounters, and five of the last six meetings overall. Their win here last season was part of a strong away record, which saw them win four of their trips to the bottom five. Overall, Valur claimed 10 wins against bottom half sides last season, and that consistency was a big part in pushing them towards the title.
They’ve stepped things up on the road again with their 2-0 win at Fjolnir at the weekend. That was a fourth straight win in all competitions for Valur, who will be chasing another result this weekend. Meanwhile, Vikingur moved away from the danger zone with a 2-1 win over IBV last weekend, so we’re struggling to see the hosts posing much of a challenge to the Urvalsdeild’s new leaders.
Valur are averaging close to two goals per game this season, and they meet an IBV outfit who have lost half of their league games. With the superior form, head to head record and standing in the table, we can’t see why Valur aren’t a shorter price this week. We think there’s value to be found on backing another win for the champions, while a 2-1 final score is our second pick on this game.
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