Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tyrel Lacel and Lyn live to play another day as they visit Lillestrom in the Eliteserien while Alta's Jay Needham returns from suspension to face Notodden in 1. Division action.

Lillestrom - Lyn

Tyrel Lacey and Lyn hope Sunday's match will serve as a distraction away from off-the-field issues as they travel to Åråsen Stadion to take on Lillestrom.

Lacey will take his usual spot in goal for the visitors who are happy just to be playing this weekend.

The club had been under the threat of bankruptcy for the last several weeks and a deadline of September 28th had been set by the Football Association of Norway (NFF) for Lyn to meet its financial obligation.

In the eleventh hour, a team sponsor stepped forward and extended a loan that would ensure that Lyn would be able to at least finish the season.

The club is still hoping to satisfy the remaining financial requirements that are due so the prospect of Lyn folding after the season still looms.

In addition to the dark financial cloud that has been hovering over the squad, head coach Gunnar Halle's team is likely to be officially relegated from the Eliteserien as they are currently ten points from safety with just four matches left in the season.

A visit to 12th place Lillestrom will see the hosts try to claim three points of their own as they sit a mere four points above the relegation playoff spot.

Lacey will need to be ready for Lillestrom head coach Henning Berg's outfit who pose danger on the offense with 36 goals tallied on the season.

Defender Tommy Bernstein is still out for Lyn while Nigerian forward Nosakhare Emmanuel Igiebor and defender Steinar Pederson are out for Lillestrom.

Rosenborg - Start

Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson will still have their work cut out for them when they visit newly-crowned Eliteserien champions Rosenborg on Sunday at Lerkendahl Stadion in Trondheim.

Freeman and Goodson are expected to take their usual starting spots on the Start back line for head coach Knut Torum.

Start's dreams of playing in Europe next year are all but dashed following a string of poor results including last weekend's 1-0 loss at Sandefjord.

Despite the disappointment of falling from second place in the league standings, Torum's squad have much to be proud in their first year back in Norway's top level of soccer and are all but assured of safety from relegation.

The American defensive duo will be facing a Rosenborg squad who are still very motivated even though the title race was decided last weekend.

Rosenborg head coach Erik Hamren's team is still undefeated on the campaign and the prospect of making history and going an entire season without a loss means the Swedish head man will be rolling out his 'A' squad.

Adding to the intrigue will be the fact that the hosts will be facing off against their old head coach in Torum who directed Rosenborg in the second part of the 2006 season and the entire 2007 season.

Torum will be without Petter Bruer Hanssen who was injured last weekend while Slovakian midfielder Marek Sapara will not be available for Hamren due to an injury.

Valerenga - Viking

A resurgent Troy Perkins and Valerenga return home to Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo to take on Viking in Monday Eliteserien action.

Perkins will assume his normal position at goalkeeper and hope to register his second consecutive shutout.

The Ohio native bounced back in impressive fashion last week after coach Martin Andresen saw Molde score six goals on Perkins in midweek Norwegian Cup action.

The former DC United netminder responded by shutting out Bodo/Glimt just three days later helping Valerenga pad some space between themselves and the relegation zone.

The work done by Andresen to help the club rebound after an abysmal summer stretch where they lost seven league matches in a row has done enough to impress the brass at the Oslo club who want to bring the coach back for another season at the helm.

Viking come to town sitting just one place ahead of 'Enga' in the league standings and both clubs have totaled 34 points on the season.

Freddy dos Santos and Erik Hagen are still long-term injuries for the hosts and will not be available for Andresen while Viking's Martin Fillo will be a game time decision.

Alta - Notodden

Promotion hopes have turned to relegation fears for Jay Needham and Alta who will look to right the ship when they host Notodden on Sunday at Finnmarkshallen Arena in Alta.

Needham sat out last week's match due to suspension stemming from a double-yellow card he received versus Skeid two weeks ago.

The native Texan had to watch in anguish last week as Alta were drilled on the road by Bryne which all but eliminated Alta's chances at snagging the final promotion playoff spot.

Needham returns to head coach Aasmund Bjorkman's starting 11 this weekend and is likely to be lined up at central midfielder.

Two points in their last three matches have dropped the northern Norwegian club down the 1. Division standings as they sit just two points ahead of Lov-Ham in the relegation zone.

Fortunately for Bjorkman's squad, there is a massive logjam in the middle of the league table as a total of eight clubs are separated by just three points with Alta in eighth place and sporting a respectable minus one goal difference.

Notodden enter the match in 14th place and a loss would pretty much solidify their relegation down to the 2. Division.

Alta's Jan Tommy Haugli is still sidelined with a thigh strain while Diomande Alassane is suspended after receiving a double-yellow last weekend.

Notodden head coach Arne Sandstø will have a full squad available.


Adin Brown is expected to be the reserve goalkeeper for Aalesund who host a Sandefjord squad that will have Matthew Allen watching from the bench as the backup netminder.

Brian Waltrip continues to recover from torn ligaments and a fractured ankle and will not factor in Molde's Saturday match at Odd.

Mikkel Diskerud is with the US Under-20 team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and will not take part in Stabaek's home match versus Fredrikstad.

Connor Tobin hopes to make it off the bench for promotion playoff contents Nybergsund who host Sogndal on Sunday.

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