Match Time: 742017 01:00 Tuesday (GMT+8)
Kristiansund: Important victory in the previous round (Recent form: W D L D W)
Kristiansund are 13th in the table with 16 points or only 1 over the relegation zone. They were in the danger zone before previous round Fabian Moreau Jersey , but in the last game beat Stabaek with 4-1 away at home and came out of the zone. Great performance in this game in attack after Mendy scored an early goal, while in the second half Stokke scored a hattrick for only 16 minutes. Their performance in attack was great and they will improve in the next matches. Only 1 lose in the previous 7 games from all competitions with 4 wins and 2 draws in this period is strong moment form. At home are with only 1 defeat in this season, which came in the first game for the season, while then made 3 wins and 3 draws. Mansson is still with knee injury and will miss once again, but there are no fresh injury concerns.
Rosenborg: Strong performance and top of the table (Recent form: D D W L W)
Rosenborg are on top of the table with 28 points or only 2 over Brann and 3 over Saprsborg Ryan Anderson Jersey , so the battle for the title is very tight. In the last round beat Sogndal at home with 3-0, while in the previous visit lost against Haugesund with 0-1. Unstable performance in the last month with 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 lose in this period, but they are still on top of the table. Away at home are the best side in Eliteserien after great start of the season and 3 consecutive wins, but in the last 3 trips finished 2 draws and 1 lose. Kondradsen is with calf injury and out Jonathan Allen Jersey , while Stamnestro is doubtful.
NOWGOAL BETTING VERDICT:
Last head to head meeting between these two teams finished 7-3 for Rosenborg. Now, the home side is in form after only 1 lose in 7 games and 4-1 victory in the previous round, while Rosenborg won 3 of the last 4 games in League and Cup, so I expect an interesting meeting and over.
Nowgoal Picks: Over 2.5 goals @ 1,85
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COLOMBO, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Political party crossovers, election law violations and an intense debate over Sri Lanka's economic future are the main ingredients that spice up the island' s presidential election scheduled for early January next year.
Incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed on Nov. 20 the proclamation, calling for presidential election where he is seeking a third term though he still has two more years to complete his current term.
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"We will follow the law. It is time we gave the justice system its independence back. We will prosecute corrupt politicians shielded by this government," Sirisena pledged at the launch of his economic manifesto this week. He urged the people to take the first step in good governance and vote for him on Jan. 8.
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