League leaders Elfsborg will be grateful for this early opportunity to exact revenge on Kalmar, having succumbed 2-1 in the away game last weekend.
That defeat made it three league games without a win for the side who at one point appeared to be running away with the title, and their misery was compounded by Thursday's Europa League defeat to Moldovan side Dacia Chisinau.
Nevertheless, the hosts can still boast a three-point lead at the top of the table, and their record of seven wins out of eight at home makes them clear 1/2 (1.50) favourites with Bet365 to get back to winning ways in this encounter.
Kalmar will be in better spirits going into the match, as their 3-1 Europa League win against Osijek in Croatia made it three consecutive victories in all competitions for the Roda Broder.
However, two away wins in seven does not bode well for a side visiting the league's toughest away ground, and this is reflected in the long 5/1 (6.00) odds on them becoming the first side take all three points away from the Boras Arena.
Mjallby became the first side to stop Elfsborg from winning at home with a 0-0 draw last time out, and you can get odds of 14/5 (3.80) on another stalemate taking place in this one.
Di Gule's imperious home record is built on a watertight defensive foundation, which has seen only two goals conceded in seven league matches.
With five clean sheets racked up in those fixtures, it would be no surprise to see another Elfsborg shut-out this time, available at 11/10 (2.10).
Last match aside, Jorgen Lennartsson's side can usually be relied upon to add goals to their excellent defensive repertoire on home turf, making a bet on Elfsborg winning to nil the logical bet at 8/5 (2.60).
This wager would have paid out in six of their last eight home matches in all competitions.
|Elfsborg to keep a clean sheet at 11/10 (2.10) with William Hill
||Elfsborg to win to nil at 8/5 (2.60) with William Hill
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