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With half the Allsvenskan season behind us, time is running out for the champions to retain their title. Al Hain-Cole expects dodgy defending to cost Age Hareide's side yet again

As we reach the half-way point in the Allsvenskan season, reigning champions Helsinborg have some catching up to do as they currently sit in fifth place, nine points off leaders Elfsborg.

Age Hareide's men failed to capitalise on some dropped points by the leading pack last week, and their draw away to Goteborg must be viewed as a missed opportunity to kick-start a late title bid.

However, they should have more luck against Syrianska on Saturday, as they welcome a side to the Olympia who have never beaten them before.

Di Roe are widely expected to continue this record, with odds of just 2/5 (1.40) on offer with Panbet for what looks like a  a Helsingborgs victory.

Syrianska only secured their top-flight survival with a last minute goal in last season's relegation play-off, and you get the feeling that they would be satisfied with a similar outcome this year.

Anything that Suryoye can take from this game would  be a bonus, but you can get odds of 81/10 (9.10) on them pulling another shock away victory out the bag, as they did in May's stunning 4-1 win over Norrkoping.

A major factor in Helsingborg's stuttering season is an excessive number of dropped points at home, where their unbeaten record only masks the fact that they have drawn four out of seven matches in their own back yard.

The champions have surrendered two points from winning positions on three occasions at home, meaning Syrianska should not lose hope if they go behind in this one, and could well provide excellent value at 18/5 (4.60) to snatch a draw.

Another glimmer of hope for the visitors is the home side's hospitable back-line, which has failed to keep a clean sheet in six league games.

Ozcan Melkemichel's men will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet in this one, and backing both teams to hit the back of the net should be the smart way to go.

This bet is available at an extremely inviting 27/25 (2.08), and it would have paid out in six of Helsingborg's seven home games this season.


Both Teams to Score at 2.08 (27/25) with PanBet

Draw at 18/5 (4.60) with PanBet

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.