Ranheim is coming off an embarrassing loss at home against Mjøndalen. Trønder led 2-1 at half-time, but the brown jerseys came back after the break and well into overtime they were 3-2 in the net and could take all the points home. Had Ranheim kept the lead they would have been in 3rd place, with a loss they dropped to 7th place. It’s still pretty even in the upper half of the OBOS league.
Ranheim started the season brilliantly with three straight wins, two of them away against strong Jerv and KFUM, but since then the season has become somewhat more varied for Kåre Ingebrigtsen’s men. The 10 consecutive games after the good start have yielded 11 points, thus 20 in total after 13 games. Part of the reason for the varying results can probably be placed on damage challenges, which was seen, among other things, on the bench in the away game against Kongsvinger, where Ranheim could have had 4.
Ranheim’s team has a mix of many experienced players and some younger forces. Profiles such as Erik Tønne, Christian Eggen Rismark, Mads Reginiussen, Bendik Bye and not least Morten Gamst Pedersen have between them more experience than most other teams in the league. Among the seasoned gentlemen there are also some younger talents who are showing themselves. Sondre Langås and Ruben Alte are two players who have developed well in recent years and attracted the attention of clubs further up the league system.
On the bench there are also experienced forces in head coach Kåre Ingebrigtsen and assistant coach Are Tronseth. The latter also had a short period in FFK in the spring of 2006, before moving on.
Finally home game again for Fredrikstad.
With the national team period and an away game in the previous round, it is starting to be a while since the last home game, but on Sunday Fredrikstad are finally back at the Stadium. On their own artificial turf, there have been 3 wins in a row, but everyone expects a tough match on Sunday against a Ranheim team eager for revenge. In the last two years in the OBOS league, Ranheim and FFK have shared the points brotherly, the teams have one win each and two draws in the 4 meetings the teams have had in 2021 and 2022.
As you know, Kingsley Innocent is out for the whole season, while Henrik Kjelsrud Johansen has to sit out this game with an injury. Ludvig Begby and Brandur Hendriksson were both sidelined last time due to illness, but have been in full swing again this week.