Halmstad-Hacken Betting Preview: Struggling sides set for stalemate

Peter Gerhardsson's side suffered a setback when they were beaten on Wednesday night - expect the visitors to endure another frustrating clash
Hacken were left disappointed on Wednesday evening as they slipped to a 2-0 home reverse at the hands of Atvidaberg but Peter Gerhardsson’s side will be looking to make amends for that defeat when they travel to take on lowly Halmstad on Sunday afternoon.

Halmstad have won just one of their 12 Allsvenskan matches thus far this term and are rated as a 27/10 (3.70) chance with BetVictor to emerge victorious this weekend.

The visitors have claimed just one win in their last five league matches but are chalked up as BetVictor’s 11/10 (2.10) favourites to claim a vital victory over their struggling opponents here.

It is worth noting that no fewer than half of Halmstad’s league matches thus far have ended level and draw backers may be tempted by the 23/10 (3.30) quote on offer from BetVictor that Sunday’s encounter ends all square.

Hacken have managed just 14 goals in 12 league matches thus far while Halmstad have notched 10 in the their opening 12 fixtures and, with neither side in sparkling form ahead of Sunday’s clash, a low-scoring encounter looks to be on the cards here.

With that in mind, the 5/6 (1.83) quote from BetVictor for fewer than three goals to be scored here appears to represent excellent value while the 2/1 (3.0) quote from the same firm for the first half to end goalless is also worthy of consideration here.

Just three of the eight goals scored in Halmstad’s home matches this season have come before the interval while 11 of the 16 goals in Hacken’s away fixtures arrived after the break so BetVictor’s 11/10 (2.10) quote for the second half to be the highest scoring half is outstanding value here.

With little to separate the sides, the 7/10 (1.70) quote from BetVictor for Halmstad (+1) in the handicap market is tempting here but the 11/10 (2.10) quote from the same firm for the second half to produce most goals is the recommended play here.

Most goals in the second half at 11/10 (2.10) with BetVictor

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