DAVID SMITH - Saturday, April 13, 2013
Conor O'Brien and the Wild Tigers will try to cut the gap behind opponents Copenhagen to four points while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Hjørring will try to slow down first-place Vejle.
Esbjerg fB - Randers FC
Charlie Davies will likely be used as a second-half attacking spark on Sunday afternoon when Randers pay a visit to Esbjerg.
Randers took one step towards the Danish Cup final in midweek in their 1-0 first-leg victory over Horsens, and will hope to keep the momentum rolling as they temporarily return to league action this weekend.
Trailing second-place Nordsjaelland by seven points, their chance of reaching the Champions League qualification spot is all but gone, however they can strengthen their claim in Europa League qualification with a win on Sunday.
Esbjerg have been hot as of late, losing just one game since the start of 2013 to climb from the league's cellar to likely safety, although they did let a rare one slip by in their 3-1 loss to SønderjyskE on Tuesday.
Randers are reporting a full squad for the game while Esbjerg will be missing suspended players Hans Henrik Andreasen and Jesper Lange.
FC Nordsjaelland - FC Copenhagen
Conor O'Brien and Nordsjaelland can put serious pressure on current league leaders FC Copenhagen with a win on Monday evening, as they look to extend their six-game unbeaten run.
Coming into the game, local rivals Nordsjaelland and Copenhagen have experienced the opposite in fortunes, with the Wild Tigers streaking through a series of wins and their opponents failing to take full points in their last three.
Copenhagen do currently hold a seven-point advantage, but a win by O'Brien and his teammates on Monday would cut this to four, giving the defending champions a real chance to pull off an unlikely repeat over the final six games of the season.
Nordsjaelland are reporting a full squad for the game, while Copenhagen will be without a trio of players. Christian Bolaños is recovering from a knee injury, Martin Vingaard is unlikely after tweaking his hamstring, and Thomas Delaney is recovering from a broken thumb.
FC Fredericia - Skive IK
RJ Allen and Skive picked up some much-needed momentum in their midweek draw with promotion-hunting Vestsjælland, and will hope to ride it to three more points on Sunday when they visit Fredericia.
Skive are still in the thick of a battle against relegation, and a positive result at Fredericia would go a long way to securing their status for next season.
They did well to hold a draw with promotion candidates Vestsjaelland on Wednesday, however having blown an early 2-0 lead in that game, will feel as though they have missed an opportunity.
The teams played just two weeks ago in Skive, in a wild 4-3 win for the hosts. This is their third meeting of the season, with both having earned a point in their season-opening 1-1 draw.
Neither team is reporting any absences.
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Hjørring took a huge step towards securing their survival with a 1-0 win over erstwhile first-place Vejle on Friday night.
Clarence Goodson failed to make it off of Brøndby's bench in their last outing, and will hope to make a return to the field on Sunday when they host SønderjyskE in a vital relegation-race six-pointer.