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The visitors are comfortably placed at the top of the Allsvenskan table but need to return to form if they are to finish the job. Adam Bate is backing them at Kalmar

Elfsborg currently top the Swedish Allsvenskan league and are odds-on favourites to clinch the title this season.

Eight wins from the first nine games of the season saw them race clear of their rivals and they can move one step nearer to the trophy with victory here.

The league leaders are facing a Kalmar side yet to win back-to-back games this season and one that has won just two of seven home games in the Allsvenskan in the current campaign. As a result, the visitors are 6/5 (2.2) with Sportingbet to go home with all three points.

Even so, there are signs that Elfsborg are starting to wobble - perhaps even collapse. A shock 5-1 defeat to Atvidaberg was followed up by their first failure to win at home all season - a goalless draw against Mjallby last time out.

Factor in Kalmar’s impressive record of four wins, three draws and a solitary defeat against Elfsborg in the previous eight games between the two sides and a case can be made for the home team. Kalmar are 11/5 (3.2) underdogs with Sportingbet to win this one. The draw is available at 11/5 (3.2).

In the other markets, it is difficult to read too much into the goals records of these two teams because each has seen seven of their 14 league games feature under 2.5 goals.

Indeed, both unders and overs are odds-on with bookies, although the price of 10/11 (1.91) for under 2.5 goals might tempt some given Elfsborg’s 0-0 last time out.

But there could well be goals in this one and that looks the best way to turn a profit on this occasion. Kalmar have scored in 11 of their last 14 games, but have conceded in the same number.

Elfsborg can be expected to play with renewed vigour and so the pick of the bets is to back both teams to score at 8/13 (1.62) with Sportingbet.

And for the value bet, any chance to back Elfsborg at an odds-against price in the Allsvenskan must be considered a betting opportunity and the price of 6/5 (2.2) is big enough to consider a value bet alongside the main selection.

BET
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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Both to score at 8/13 (1.62) with Sportingbet
Elfsborg to win at 6/5 (2.20) with Sportingbet

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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