JON VAN WAGENEN - Saturday, April 17, 2010
Ryan Miller will have to deal with one of the Allsvenskan's best goal-scorers, while Alejandro Bedoya looks to lead Örebro past Gefle.
Gefle - Örebro
Alejandro Bedoya leads Örebro north to take on a team sitting above them in the standings. The Monday match will be covered from the press box by Yanks Abroad.
Bedoya is coming off a game winning header that nicely atoned for a late miss in that would have tied the previous match.
Gefle has started the season impressively with wins over AIK and Mjällby, while managing a draw against Elfsborg.
The confidence may have been gained on the training pitches of Spain. A strong, organized preseason showing against Dynamo Moskva convinced Lokomotiv Moskva to pay the costs for the Swedish side to stay and play an impromptu match. The plucky team from Norrland beat the Russians 2 – 1.
The experience may be valuable. Gefle are the favorites to enter the Europa League via the fair play rule.
Gefle have a number of players returning from injury.
Peter Westman is in rehab for the next two monthes for Örebro. Meanwhile, the club has denied Eric Bassombeng'
Halmstad – GAIS
Halmstad's season has followed a pattern so far: Draw. Lose. Win. Repeat. After swiping a win on defending champion AIK's turf, Ryan Miller will hope to help his team break they cycle at home.
GAIS are looking to build on a win over Gefle in which Brazilian Wanderson made the difference with his second goal of the season. Wanderson will look to return to the pace that made him the hottest rumor in the Swedish off-season.
Michael Thomas has struggled to make the startng 11 after being a part of and ugly six goal loss to Elfsborg early in the season.
The Halmstad squad will look to steal some attention from the Skåne derby between Malmö and Helsingborg.
Anel Raskaj and keeper Robin Malmkvist are in doubt for Halmstad.
Ljungskile - Landskrona
In Superettan action, Nick Noble will try to lead his team in the home opener.
After being outclassed by Syrianska, the small town team from the west will look to rebound.
Landskrona beat Degerfors in their series opener.