DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Alejandro Bedoya will attempt to help Helsingborg to a third straight Swedish Cup title while Brian Span should see the field for Djurgarden as the midweek quarterfinals get underway.
Helsingborgs IF - IFK Göteborg
After contributing heavily in Helsingborg's convincing season-opening win, Alejandro Bedoya should figure in as they try to take down IFK Göteborg and reach next month's Swedish Cup semifinal.
The American attacking midfielder helped to set up a pair of goals for his team in their 3-0 win over Djurgarden on Sunday, showing the quality that has given him the reputation as one of the top players in Sweden.
The team will need to continue firing on all cylinders, as they are going up against a Göteborg team that also won by the same scoreline in their opening performance and sit in a three-way tie atop the standings.
Each of them finished first atop tightly-positioned groups in the previous stage of the competition, and the winner of Wednesday's matchup is likely to come out as the favorite to go onto win the entire competition.
Each of the two has lifted the cup on five occasions, although Helsingborg have more recent success in winning the last two.
Helsingborg will be missing injured defenders Emil Krafth and Jere Uronen while the only change from Göteborg's squad from the weekend is the replacement of bench player Pontus Farnerud by youth player David Gutierrez-Arvidsson.
IFK Norrköping - Djurgardens IF
Brian Span should take the field for Djurgarden on Thursday, as they try to overcome their opening-weekend humiliation and steal an away victory over IFK Norrköping.
Djurgarden were destroyed by a 3-0 score at Djurgarden on Sunday, and a confidence-restoring win in Thursday's quarterfinal could stop any bleeding before they find themselves falling to deeply into any downward spirals.
They are facing an opponent that fought back from an early own-goal to take all three points in their road opener at Mjällby, and are looking for their first Cup title in nearly 20 years.
Djurgarden will likely continue to be without injured players Joel Riddez and Daniel Jarl, and Brazilian newcomer Pablo is also unlikely to take part as he continues to acclimatize to the new team.