DAVID SMITH - Friday, August 2, 2013
Conor O'Brien will hope to see minutes against Aarhus in the midst of Nordsjaelland's busy schedule while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg try to notch their first win of the season at Odense.
AGF Aarhus - FC Nordsjaelland
Conor O'Brien will hope to return to the field for Nordsjaelland on Saturday when they visit AGF Aarhus.
O'Brien was left out of the Wild Tigers' gameday roster for each of their previous two games, but could be a welcome change of pace for head coach Kasper Hjulmand as the team still searches for their first win of the season.
They did manage to hang on for a draw against newly-promoted team Viborg last weekend, however saw their hopes of reaching the Champions League group stage for a second straight season dashed thanks to their 1-0 midweek home loss to Zenit St. Petersburg.
Aarhus are looking as thought they are beginning to find their rhythm after last weekend's 2-0 shut-out win over Vestsjaelland, and will be eager to take the full three points from a team that beat them in all three meetings last season.
Aarhus has several attacking options sidelined, with Søren Larsen out with an ankle injury, Davit Devdariani questionable with a slight hamstring pull and Marcus Solberg recovering form an ankle problem. Additionally, midfielder Edafe Egbedi is a question mark after missing last weekend's game with an infection.
Nordsjaelland are not reporting any missing players.
Odense BK - Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi will be looking to push himself into Viborg's lineup on Sunday when they pay a visit to winless Odense.
Ogunbiyi made his top-flight debut as a 77th-minute substitute for the Greens in their 1-1 draw against Nordsjaelland last weekend, helping the team hold down the fort to earn a valuable road point.
While performing admirably in their first two games, picking up draws against two of the top teams from last season, they will look to Sunday's game in Odense as a winnable game which could be a bellwether for their fortunes in this first season back in the top division.
Odense have also opened the season with a pair of draws, the most recent coming on the road against a fairly tough Randers team thanks to a late equalizer by Bashkim Kadrii.
Neither team is reporting any absences.
Charlie Davies will hope to be a bench option for Randers on Sunday afternoon when they travel to ailing Copenhagen.