DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Charlie Davies and Randers will try take care of business in their Cup semifinal home leg against Horsens while RJ Allen and Skive need to be at their best against second-place Vestsjaelland.
Randers FC - AC Horsens
Randers are just two games away from reaching their second-ever Danish Cup final, and will try to give themselves a leg-up when they host AC Horsens in Wednesday's first-leg matchup.
Even though Randers' shot at securing a second-place league finish and qualifying for the Champions League is likely beyond reach by now, they are still in perfect position to take home a piece of silverware in what has been an unexpectedly strong season.
Of the four teams left in the Cup, Randers are the only one who has a winning record on the season. Their opponents Horsens have been particularly disastrous as of late, going four straight without a win, and managing to only take four points so far in 2013 to drop down into the relegation places.
Even though the horses would be considered odds-on favorites to win the two-legged semifinal, they will likely not be overconfident since their opponents have gotten the better of them in the two league meetings so far this season.
Randers have lifted the cup once before in their ten-year history as a club, remarkably winning the competition in 2006 when they were still playing in the second tier.
Horsens will have a number of players out for the game. Forward Jude Nworuh was left off the traveling roster as he still recovers from a leg injury, defender Mads Agesen is unfit to play due to a jaw fracture and concussion, and midfielder Martin Retov is still working his way back into shape.
Randers have a full squad for the game.
Skive IK - FC Vestsjælland
RJ Allen and Skive will once again hit the turf, as they are forced to play their make-up game against second-place Vestsjælland in nearby Egeris.
The game was originally set to be played one week before, however was called off due to weather-related reasons.
With Skive's home field still considered by league officials to be unplayable, the tough decision was made to move it a half-mile up the road to Egeris where the teams can experience the unpredictable joys of a plastic surface.
Skive have been less than spectacular in the new year, earning four points in four games to remain just barely out of danger.
They are facing a Vestsjælland team that is streaking towards the top flight, having won all three of their contests in the new year to remain one of the two favorites to make the jump into the Superligaen.
Skive are not reporting any injuries and have no suspended players.
For the visitors, Morten Bertolt is questionable after coming off injured over the weekend, and both Netan Sansara and Ansu Touré could be rested after they made their first appearances in a reserve game on Monday.