DAVID SMITH - Thursday, October 31, 2013
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will try to stay in the league's upper echelons on their visit to Aarhus while Conor O'Brien and Odense look to recover from their Danish Cup loss with a tough trip to Aalborg.
Aalborg BK - Odense BK
Just days after seeing the team blow a two-goal lead to see their Danish Cup dreams end, Conor O'Brien and Odense can attain some measure of redemption should they take a positive result home from their trip north to second-place Aalborg.
Even with the sting from their midweek disappointment in Copenhagen surely still hurting, Odense can take solace in the fact that their strong form in recent weeks has slowly helped them climb the league table and brought them within sight of the Champions League qualification places.
They currently sit in fourth, just three points back from their second-place opponents Aalborg, meaning that a win on Saturday could very well propel them as high as second by the end of the weekend's action.
Taking a result on Saturday will be no easy task, however, as they are going up against a team that has yet to lose at home so far this season, and could themselves possibly grab a share of the league lead with a victory.
Aalborg also was in action in the midweek, although they had few troubles, save a slightly sputtering start, in easing past FC Sydvest to reach the final eight of the Danish Cup.
The two teams met once before this season, battling to a scoreless draw in Aalborg in mid-August.
Odense will likely still be without Anders Møller Christensen, as the central defender is still recovering from the effects of a head collision. In addition, Niclas Vemmelund, Morten Skoubo, David Löfquist, Jacob Barrett Laursen and Casper Radza are all out injured, while Bashkim Kadrii and Espen Ruud are suspended.
For Aalborg, Rasmus Würtz will also watch from the stands while he serves a one-game yellow-card suspension, and Lukas Spalvis is injured.
AGF Aarhus - Viborg FF
After destroying fellow promoted team Vestsjaelland in their last outing, Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will try to keep up their surprisingly strong return to the top flight during their trip to struggling Aarhus.
New signee for Viborg, Mike Grella, is still awaiting his debut for the Greens.
Viborg's commanding victory over Vestsjaelland last weekend put an end to a short three-game winless streak that began with their cup loss to Lyngby in early-October, and they will be ready to ride the momentum to Aarhus' NRGi Park on Sunday.
Even with their recent minor stumble, they have performed remarkably in their return to the Superliga, and are currently resting in third place, just four points off the league lead.
Aarhus are not far behind in fifth place, although they have struggled to impress in league play as of late with just one victory in the previous two months.
That lone win did come on their most recent outing at Esbjerg last weekend, and could be a sign that they have finally broken free of their struggles and can make a run back towards the top of the standings.
Viborg appear to have a full squad for the game while Aarhus will be without injured players Adam Eckersley and Mohammed Abu.