DAVID SMITH - Friday, August 9, 2013
In a battle amongst the still-winless bottom four teams in the Superliga, Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg host Brøndby while Conor O'Brien and Nordsjaelland host last-place Copenhagen.
Viborg FF - Brøndby IF
Babajide Ogunbiyi will likely play a part on the field, if not push his way into the starting lineup, when Viborg host Brøndby IF on Friday evening.
The Greens looked solid in their first two games back in the top flight, both of them draws, but collapsed in last weekend's 4-2 loss at Odense to remain winless on the season.
Ogunbiyi has been used as a late substitute in each of Viborg's last two games, however with the back line being victimized so readily last weekend, the towering American could very well be in the team's starting eleven on Friday.
Their visitors, Brøndby, could offer their best chance yet to take a win, as the former Danish powerhouse has also failed to impress in the new season.
Their three games have yielded a grand total of one point, coming in the opening weekend thanks to a 1-1 draw against promoted team Vestsjaelland, and a pair of shut-out losses in the last two weekends are a bad signal for a long season ahead.
Neither team has any players suspended or is reporting any absences.
FC Nordsjaelland - FC Copenhagen
After playing 20 minutes as his team was eliminated from the Champions League in a merciless beat-down in Russia on Wednesday, Conor O'Brien will hope to take the field on Sunday when the Wild Tigers host surprise last-place outfit Copenhagen.
Nordsjaelland's dim hopes of making a second straight trip to the Champions League group stage were obliterated in Wednesday's 5-0 loss at Zenit St. Petersburg.
While they clearly had their chances to avoid the shut-out, the most excruciating being a penalty miss by team captain Nicolai Stockholm, they were clearly outclassed by the Russians on all fronts and will hope to have better in the Europa League.
Their league campaign has been little better, with two losses and one draw so far putting them one point above the league's bottom spot.
The one team below them is perhaps the biggest surprise of the new season. FC Copenhagen, winners of four of the last five league championships and clear favorites nearly anytime they take the field against Danish competition, have remarkably lost each of their first three games of the season.
The latest was perhaps the worst, a 3-1 loss at home to Randers, already leaving them nine points off the league lead before mid-August.
With the added intrigue of being another installment in what has become a regularly competitive Copenhagen-area derby, all bets are off as to whether either team is favored or whether one or both could break free of their slump and show the quality that has jointly accounted for nine league and cup titles over the last five years.
Both teams are reporting full squads for the game.
Amidst rumors of a transfer to MLS, Charlie Davies will likely not play a part on Sunday when Randers host Midtjylland.