It would be fair to say that Viking have been struggling on their own patch of late, with eight of their previous ten Eliteserien fixtures ending in defeat, and they are currently on a run of four games without a goal as well. Valerenga had not been in great form on the road themselves prior their next match, but they had still only lost once in seven.
Over 2.5 goals has been the order of the day in 13 of the last 16 Valerenga away matches in the Eliteserien, as well as in each of their previous seven games at this level overall. Given that 13 of the last 16 Viking home fixtures in the top-flight have followed suit, a sixth consecutive meeting between the sides containing over 2.5 goals appears likely.
Prior to facing Napoli and Udinese in the Eliteserien, Viking had been on a run in which they had both scored and conceded during the same 91 minutes in 13 consecutive games. Ahead of their matches, Valerenga were not far off that sort of pace either, as the net had bulged at both ends in 13 of their previous 16 games at this elite level.
Over the course of their 14 top-flight away games during the current campaign, Valerenga have been involved in no fewer than 10 encounters containing a minimum of three successful strikes. Slightly more surprisingly, perhaps, these numbers are identical for Viking home matches in the Eliteserien under their coach, so all the signs point towards an entertaining clash.