Vikingur Reykjavik take on the visitors KR Reykjavik in the round 1 match of Championship group in Icelandic Besta Deild Karla. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 20th at Víkingsvöllur (Reykjavík).
The Capital Vikingur are confidently on its way to winning the championship in Iceland and is very close to reclaiming the title of the country's strongest team after this season. They have a 14-point lead over the closest pursuer in the table, and the Vikings have no intention of slowing down their points accumulation. In nine out of the last ten rounds, the team secured victories. They enter this match with a seven-game winning streak in the championship. Vikingur are currently unrivaled in the league. This team can easily handle contenders for medals like Valur (4-0) and Breidablik (5-3), and they tend to dominate weaker opponents like HK Kopavogur (6-1) or Vestmannaeyjar (6-0).
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It's unlikely that KR Reykjavik will have a good outcome in this city derby. Right now, the team is in sixth place in the table and may compete for a bronze medal, but not much more. Counting on points from the guests in a match against the league leader is definitely not a realistic expectation. In 22 rounds of the championship, KR Reykjavik suffered eight losses, losing more than a third of their matches. While the team hasn't been losing frequently lately, they did have three losses in their last seven games: 0-4 against Valur, 1-3 against Stjarnan, and 1-2 against Vikingur.
Both teams are from the same city, so I won't discuss the home-field advantage factor. However, it's worth mentioning once again that the hosts are clearly superior to the guests by a significant margin. Three times this season, Vikingur and KR Reykjavik have faced each other. In all three capital derbies, the favorites emerged victorious. First, the Vikings handed their opponents two defeats in the championship (3-0 and 2-1), and then they defeated their opponent in the country's cup semi-final (4-0). I don't expect any surprises this time; the hosts are expected to win and take another step toward the gold medals. The bet is on Vikingur's class, Home Win.
Prediction for the match: Vikingur Reykjavik to win.