KENYA BROWN - Friday, September 12, 2014
After taking the week off for the start of Euro 2016 qualifiers and international friendlies, Norway's Tippeligaen returns to action with a full slate of games this weekend.
Rosenborg - Bodo/Glimt
The Troll Kids will welcome Bodo/Glimt to the Lerkendal Stadium with both sides looking to maintain their good run of play in the league.
Rosenborg have won three out of their last four games which has been good enough to move back up to third place in the standings and in the second Europa League spot. However, they must keep a look out for the two teams behind them - Lillestrom and Stromsgodset - as they are only two points behind.
Mikkel Diskerud should once again find himself in the starting lineup after coming off international duty.
After going through a long losing streak, Bodo/Glimt seem to have regained their form, also winning three out of their last four games. The biggest win out of those three was a wild 4-3 victory over Valarenga. The Bodo-based side have pulled themselves up to eighth place in the standings - well away from the relegation zone.
Stromsgodset - Brann
Stromsgodset will be looking to get back on track this weekend as they host Brann at the Marienlyst Stadium.
The defending league champions were in the running for the title this season. However, after losing three of their last five games, the team find themselves out of the running and struggling to contend for a European place next season. A visit by the Bergen-based side, which is stuck in the relegation zone, comes at a good time for Stromsgodset as the possibility for a win looks very good for them.
Jeb Brovsky will be looking keep his place in the starting lineup for the upcoming game.
After a resounding 3-1 win over Rosenborg on August 18, Brann have only collected one point out of their last two games. While still rooted in the relegation zone, they still have a good chance of pulling themselves out as they are only two points behind thirteenth place Haugesund.
A shock win on the road could be a big boost for Brann's chances to escape relegation.
Start - Stabaek
Bob Bradley and his band of players will be on the road this weekend as they head to the Sor Arena to take on Start.
The Blue Ones are firmly in the middle of the standings and will be looking to finish their season on a strong note as only eight games remain in the season. The team have been collecting points left and right as of late, but they have to be disappointed that they could not get a win against last place side Sandnes Ulf as it ended in a 1-1 tie.
Stabaek will hope to put more misery on a Start side that has only won one win in their last five games.
It looks to be an even game, so both sides may be satisfied with sharing the points.
Michael Stephens and Andrew Jacobson should be in the starting lineup again for Stabaek.