Helsingborg's Viktor Ljung during the match against Värnamo.

HIF go in to their last game before the summer break after coming off the back of two heavy defeats against their promotion rivals.

Preamble

Having had the chance to play the two other teams vying for automatic promotion and suffering heavy defeats, HIF had one chance left to go into the summer break on a positive note when they travelled to IFK Värnamo.

IFK Värnamo were sitting in mid-table, just 4 points off of the relegation zone but 6 points from the promotion zone. At this stage of the season it seems the team had not yet made up it’s mind if it wanted a promotion fight or a relegation battle.

HIF, on the other hand, still reeling from a 4-0 and a 5-0 thumping from Brommapojkarna and Dalkurd respectively, risked losing ground on the top two and falling into the clutches of the teams chasing for a play-off spot.

Round 14: IFK Värnamo v Helsingborgs IF

The first half was a pretty uneventful and uninspiring match reminiscent of two teams who had nothing to play for on the eve of their holidays. However, while Värnamo are not sure which fight they want to take part in, promotion or relegation, HIF should be scrapping for every win they can get.

Just as the first half was about to come to the end, HIF conceded a penalty. The resulting kick was taken in the same pedestrian manner in which the first half had been played in and HIF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski made a decent save.

Matt Pyzdrowski

Pyzdrowski, who was born and raised in Illinois in American, has been subject to a lot of criticism of late and his penalty save might go some way to taking some of the pressure off his his shoulders. 

Pyzdrowski has always seemed to be a poor man’s Petr Cech to me, based purely on this choice of wearing protective headgear like the Arsenal stopper. That’s where the similarities begin and end.

HIF got off to a good start in the second half when Andreas Landgren nodded in a cross on 48 minutes to make it 0-1 to the visitors. Maybe HIF could start to think about taking 3 valuable points and ending the first half of the season on a high note?

I think you know what’s coming next… Unfortunately, it only took five minutes before Melvin Frithzell scored Värnamo’s reply when he slotted the ball into the net from close range.

The match was there for the taking again.

After the home side’s goal, HIF was the better team but it seems their ability to shoot didn’t get the memo. Time after time HIF’s efforts on goal we high, wide and not very handsome. In fact, maybe HIF would achieve more success if they formed a rugby side.

The game petered out without either side having a serious attack on goal and in the end a 1-1 draw was probably a fair result.

Final Score: 1:1
Goals:
 0-1 Landgren (48 min) 1-1 Frithzell (53)
Attendance: 2,270

Next up: Örgryte IS

Work To Be Done

HIF have a lot of work to do between now and when the season resumed on July 22nd when Örgryte are the visitors to Olympia. That will not be an easy game as Örgryte are just 3 points behind HIF who go into the summer break in 3rd place.

League leaders Brommapojkarna lost in round 14 so HIF are fortunate to be only 10 points off the top of the division. More worryingly for them is the gap to 2nd place Dalkurd who are 5 points ahead of them.

There are 5 teams within 4 points of catching HIF but more worrying is the amount of goals HIF are conceding. Something needs to happen in the transfer window and on the training pitch to arrest the amount of goals they are shipping, currently it is 22 in the against column, otherwise they can forget about a return to the top fight.

The second half of the season will be quite a struggle and the teams behind them will be eager to catch HIF. It’s never easy being a big club in a division of smaller teams. HIF are easily the biggest team in the division and for them to miss out on promotion would be unthinkable.

Not only in terms of prestige but financially. The next 5 months will make or break HIF!

Superettan Table – 2017-06-27

# Team MP W D L G Pts
1. Brommapojkarna 14 11 1 2 32:11 34
2. Dalkurd 14 9 2 3 28:9 29
3. Helsingborg 14 6 6 2 22:22 24
4. Östers 14 6 3 5 23:22 21
5. Degerfors 14 6 3 5 17:18 21
6. Orgryte 14 6 3 5 15:24 21
7. Trelleborgs 14 5 5 4 24:14 20
8. Falkenbergs 14 5 5 4 24:21 20
9. Värnamo 14 5 3 6 20:19 18
10. Atvidabergs 14 5 3 6 15:21 18
11. GAIS 14 5 3 6 12:18 18
12. Varbergs 14 4 5 5 26:23 17
13. Syrianska 14 4 3 7 20:23 15
14. Norrby 14 4 3 7 19:25 15
15. IK Frej 14 2 4 8 15:26 10
16. Gefle 14 2 2 10 13:29 8

League Rules:

  • Thirty game season.
  • Top two teams are promoted.
  • Third placed team plays a two legged play-off match with the third from bottom team in Allsvenskan.
  • Bottom two teams are relegated.
  • Third and fourth from bottom teams play a two legged play-off match with 3rd placed team in Division 1 North and Division 1 South respectively.

If you would like to know more about the Swedish football pyramid, click here.

Results: 1st Half Fixtures & Results: 2nd Half
01/04 – Trelleborgs FF (h)
09/04 – Varbergs BoIS (a)
17/04 – Gefle IF (h)
22/04 – GAIS Göteborg (a)
01/05 – Degerfors IF (h)
08/05 – Atvidabergs FF (a)
13/05 – IK Frej (h)
18/05 – Norrby IF (h)
22/05 – Östers IF (a)
27/05 – Syrianska FC (h)
03/06 – Falkenbergs FF (a)
10/06 – IF Brommapojkarna (h)
17/06 – Dalkurd FF (a)
24/06 – IFK Värnamo (a)—– Summer Break —–
1:0 W
3:3 D
1:1 D
0:0 D
3:0 W
1:2 W
2:2 D
3:2 W
1:2 W
3:1 W
1:1 D
0:4 L
0:5 L
1:1 D
22/07 – Örgryte IS (h)
29/07 – Syrianska FC (a)
05/08 – Norrby IF (a)
08/08 – Åtvidabergs FF (h)
12/08 – IK Frej (a)
19/08 – GAIS Göteborg (h)
26/08 – Trelleborgs FF (a)
02/09 – Dalkurd FF (h)
09/09 – IF Brommapojkarna (a)
16/09 – Varbergs BoIS (h)
23/09 – Falkenbergs FF (h)
30/09 – Gefle IF (a)
14/10 – IFK Värnamo (h)
21/10 – Degerfors IF (a)
28/10 – Örgryte IS (a)
03/11 – Östers IF (h)

Squad Statistics:

# Name Age  Games Goals Yellow Red
Goalkeepers
30 Joelsson Kalle 19 0 0 0 0
1 Pyzdrowski Matt 30 14 0 1 0
Defenders
11 Eriksson Adam 26 14 0 2 0
3 Helstrup Frederik 24 7 0 0 0
2 Johansson Carl 23 7 0 1 0
26 Larsson Peter 33 7 0 0 0
7 Ljung Viktor 26 5 0 0 0
4 Olsson Jonatan 24 2 0 0 0
37 Thulin Carl 17 0 0 0 0
36 Weberg Charlie 19 11 0 0 0
Midfielders
8 Christensen Martin 29 13 1 0 0
33 Gyimah Edwin 26 13 1 6 0
13 Jonsson Alexander Borje 21 8 0 3 1
6 Landgren Andreas 28 14 2 1 0
14 Ralani Bradley 29 13 2 2 1
21 Samuel Monday 23 9 1 0 0
35 Seger Casper 17 0 0 0 0
10 Wede Anton 27 9 0 1 0
Forwards
18 Akpoveta Oke 25 12 4 5 0
22 Lange Jesper 31 14 6 2 0
15 Svensson Max 19 10 2 0 0
9 Zeidan Moustafa 19 1 0 1 0
Coach
Ljung Per-Ola 49

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