KENYA BROWN - Friday, October 17, 2014
It's back to league action in Norway this weekend as Michael Stephens, Jacobson and Stabaek play host to Viking, while Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg take on Valerenga.
Stabaek - Viking
The Blue Ones will be looking to continue their push up the standings when they host a struggling Viking side at the Nadderud Stadium.
Bob Bradley's team has had its ups and downs in the league this season, but now that they have guaranteed their status for next season they will try to finish as far up in the standings as they can. After coming away with a 1-1 draw against Bodo/Glimt on October 6, Stabaek now sit in eighth place and have a good chance of finishing fifth if last season champions Stromsgodset continue to struggle.
The host will have a good chance of moving up as they take on Viking which has lost five consecutive games. The Stavanger-based side are nowhere near the relegation zone, but their freefall in the standings will be a disappointment to the team come the end of the season.
Stephens and Jacobson will most likely be in the starting lineup for Stabaek.
Rosenborg - Valerenga
The Troll Kids will try to extend the gap on the chasers for third place when they host Valerenga at the Lerkendal Stadium.
Rosenborg have looked good in the league as of late, having won five of their last six games. At one period it seemed they were bound to fall out of the top three, but the Trondheim-based side righted the ship in time to put themselves back in contention for the second Europa League spot.
Valerenga is a team that has been going on somewhat of a rollercoaster ride as of late. Although they won their game before the international break - a 2-1 win over Sogndal - they have struggled. A win on the road against Rosenborg could be a major boost for them as they look to finish the season strong.
Diskerud will most certainly hold on to his place in the starting lineup as he has been one of the stars Rosenborg's resurgence.
Jeb Brovsky will hope to be in the side as Stromsgodset entertain Lillestrom.