Sonderjyske look like great Danes to back
Striker Mart Lieder can make a big impact
Sonderjyske are preparing for their tenth consecutive season of Danish top-flight football and they can make a flying start by posting a home win over Aalborg.
There wasn't a huge difference between the teams in 2016-17 with Aalborg finishing fifth in the regular season, five points above eighth-placed Sonderjyske.
Aalborg have kept a settled squad but start the campaign without attacker Edison Flores, who featured in all three of Peru's World Cup matches.
They were draw specialists last term, sharing the spoils in 15 of 36 league games, and were 1-0 winners away to Sonderjyske in March despite losing striker Magnus Christensen to a 76th-minute red card.
A lack of goals was Aalborg's main problem last season as they found the net just 38 times in 36 games.
Striker Jannik Pohl was their leading marksman with eight goals, three of them from the penalty spot, while Slovakian forward Pavol Safranko struggled, netting twice in 28 games.
Aalborg manager Morten Wieghorst has seemingly failed to address the lack of firepower and his team could be outgunned by Sonderjyske, who have pepped up their attack with a couple of astute signings.
Winger Johan Absalonsen, a former Danish international, has returned to Sonderjyske after spending a season with Adelaide United.
But the bigger impact could be made by Dutch striker Mart Lieder, who was the leading scorer in the Eerste Division, the second tier of Dutch football, last term with 30 goals for FC Eindhoven.
Playing in the top flight will be a step up for Lieder but he clearly has an eye for goal and could be the matchwinner against Aalborg.
1pt 6-4 Betfair, Betway
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