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Stockholm's fiercest rivals go head-to-head for the first time at the Friends Arena, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to mark the occasion with a fittingly entertaining match

Stockholm’s Twin Derby takes place on Wednesday evening, as AIK Solna welcome arch-rivals Djurgarden to the newly-opened Friends Arena for the first time.

After a disappointing start to the season, the hosts have dragged themselves back into contention with three wins in their last five, and are favourites at 4/7 (1.57) with William Hill to take the local bragging rights by overcoming their neighbours.

Although rock bottom of the league, The Blue Stripes have won each of their last two matches, and are available at 5/1 (6.00) to continue their resurgence with a precious win in this crunch match.

The last derby played at AIK’s old Rasunda stadium ended in a draw, and you can get odds of 14/5 (3.80) on the two sides opening the new ground with another stalemate.

The main reason for Djurgarden’s malaise this campaign is undoubtedly a lack of defensive organisation, having conceded 21 goals in nine Allsvenskan games - the worst record in the league.

Similarly, Andreas Alm’s side have also been held back by a return of just one clean sheet all season, making the prospect of goals at either end seem more than likely in this match.

A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in each of AIK’s last five matches, and looks like a safe investment here, at odds of 8/11 (1.73).

The home fans have been treated to plenty of late drama this season, with the ball hitting the back of the net in the last five minutes four times in the last six games.

Those with a good memory of the last couple of derby matches will know not to leave the ground before the final whistle, as those games were graced by 86th and 89th minute goals.

All in all, it is well worth backing either side to score from the 86th minute onwards this evening, at inviting 9/4 (3.25) odds.
 
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Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill
Goal to be scored from the 86th minute onwards at 9/4 (3.25) with William Hill

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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.

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