DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Conor O'Brien and Nordsjaelland will try to strengthen their grip on second place while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Hjørring need a win at Brønshøj to avoid falling too deeply into trouble.
Aalborg - Nordsjaelland
Conor O'Brien should be in the Nordsjaelland starting lineup on Thursday as they try to extend their lead on the league's second Champion's League spot on their trip to Aalborg.
The game had originally been schedule to be played several weeks ago, but heavy snowfall forced the referee to call off the game after less than 20 minutes of play.
Since the postponement, Nordsjaelland have gone on to win their following two games in commanding fashion, destroying Aarhus by a 4-2 score immediately after the international break, then beating Midtjylland 3-1 over the Easter Holiday.
Aalborg, conversely, have seen their fortunes go from bad to words over the same period of time. They are currently on a six-game winless streak in league play that stretches back to last December, and suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat on Monday to relegation strugglers Esbjerg.
With an 11-point gap ahead of the bottom two they are almost certainly safe from any danger, but will need to turn a corner if they have any hope of returning into the European Qualification spots.
Nordsjaelland's victory on Monday gave them a one-point edge over Randers in what has become a two-horse race for second place and Champions League qualification, and will hope to extend this edge to four points with a win on Thursday.
Kaspar Lorentzen is still absent for the defending champions along with suspended defender Patrick Mtiliga.
Aalborg have no players missing for the game.
Brønshøj BK - FC Hjørring
Babajide Ogunbiyi will be in Hjørring's back line from the opening whistle on Thursday night when they try to change their fortunes on their visit to fourth-place Brønshøj.
Hjørring were 2-0 losers on Sunday at Vejle, a result which dropped them into the league's relegation places.
With 12 games still left to be played there is still plenty of time to turn things around, and they will be hopeful of taking a result from a Brønshøj team that has not notched a win on the field since November.
They opened the spring two weeks ago with a 1-0 loss to league leaders FC Vestsjælland, and have been inactive ever since due to the weather-related postponement of Monday's trip to Køge and the cancellation of last Thursday's game against bankrupt Fyn.
Hjørring are likely still missing winter addition Maxime Annys as the defensive midfielder is regaining full health.
Brønshøj have no injuries to report, but will be missing defender Kenneth Bjergsted and forward Mark Leth Pedersen, both due to yellow card accumulation.
RJ Allen and Skive will get to skip the midweek round of games, as their regularly-schedule visit from league leaders FC Vestsjælland has been postponed due to poor field conditions.