DAVID SMITH - Friday, September 19, 2014
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg face off against Lyngby in a battle of promotion hopefuls while Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia visit relegation strugglers Roskilde in Danish First Division action.
Viborg FF - Lyngby BK
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg face a tough test of their credentials as promotion contenders on Friday, hosting fellow contenders Lyngby BK.
An undefeated start through their first eight games has been enough to hand Viborg the top spot in the division standings with roughly one-quarter of the season played.
With new addition Serge Deble making a noticeable impact in what had been an otherwise ineffective attack before his late-August arrival, the Greens could very well be positioned as the favorites to eventually take the league crown.
They are facing a Lyngby team on Friday that also has aspirations at a return to Denmark's top division. Lyngby have lost just once through their first seven games, have notched wins in their last two, and trail the leaders by just two points, all having played one fewer game than the rest of the league.
With fellow contenders Aarhus beginning the weekend's round of games with a surprise loss on Thursday, either of these two teams could find themselves atop the table when the dust has settled.
Viborg are only reporting the absence of Nicholas Gotfredsen, who is out for several games with a knee strain suffered two weeks ago along with Kevin Mensah, who is recovering from a knee injury.
Lyngby are not expected to be missing any players.
FC Roskilde - FC Fredericia
Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia will be hopeful of ending their three-game winless streak on Sunday afternoon when they visit winless Roskilde.
While Fredericia did experience a short turnaround shortly after Ibeagha's arrival, their momentum is teetering on the brink of fizzling out.
The only managed a scoreless draw last weekend at home against Køge, and have taken just two points from their previous three games.
A matchup against a winless Roskilde team that looks set for a season-long relegation struggle is just what the doctor ordered, as it offers a prime chance to return to their winning ways.
To their credit, Roskilde have been far from awful, pulling out five draws from their eight games, and even keeping their three losses close. Nevertheless, their attack never got started in last weekend's shut-out loss to Horsens, and they will need to greatly improve should they hope to take a result from their guests.
Fredericia are missing defenders Søren Jensen and Jacob Thychosen as well as keeper Mads Markfoged all to injury. Additionally, Christian Anders Hostrup is out due to yellow card accumulation.
Roskilde are reporting a full squad available.
Mayowa Alli will hope to earn some minutes from the bench on Friday evening when Vendsyssel visit seventh-place Skive IK.