DAVID SMITH - Thursday, April 22, 2010
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will try to save their season against last-place Køge while Chris Rolfe and Aalborg look to keep their hot streak going on their visit to Copenhagen.
AGF Aarhus - HB Køge
With a previously-unthinkable relegation threat looming, Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will try to keep their heads above the surface with a win against league whipping boys Køge on Sunday.
The team's weekend loss in Brøndby brought them within two points of the relegation line, with currently on-fire Randers seeming set to eventually seal their own survival, perhaps at the expense of Erik Rassmussen's ailing squad.
The team was boosted with the return of midfield maestro Jakob Poulsen to the fold for the final minutes of the game, and will hope that Sunday's home encounter with already-relegated Køge can give them a bit of breathing room heading into the season's final weeks.
Starting keeper Steffen Rassmussen continues to be out with a red card suspension as do attacking tandem Peter Graulund and Davit Devdriani with injuries.
Additionally, defender Dan Thomassen is doubtful due to an ankle injury with Kim Madsen and Ulrik Lindkvist both question marks after missing the weekend's game.
Køge will take the field without defender Martin Arlofelt, who is expected to be out approximately two weeks after undergoing minor knee surgery during the week.
FC Nordsjælland - SønderjyskE
Fresh off their victory in the first leg of the Danish Cup semifinal against Vejle, Michael Parkhurst hopes to keep his place in Nordsjælland's central defense on Sunday as SønderjyskE come to Farum.
The Wild Tigers have momentum squarely on their side after fighting to a 2-0 advantage over Vejle in Thursday's semifinal on the heel of a strong run of league results in recent weeks.
Even though the Cup remains their best shot at reaching the 2010-11 Europa League, they do have a remote chance of qualifying via league standing should they run their hot streak through the end of the season, as they are now only six points off of third place with five games remaining on the schedule.
Coach Morten Wieghorst will most likely continue to be lacking the attacking presence of Sibusiso Zuma due to an ankle injury as well as backup keeper Nenad Novakovic thanks to a shoulder problem. Forward Andreas Laudrup and midfielder Søren Christensen also remain unlikely after missing Thursday's cup win.
SønderjyskE are reporting no injuries or suspensions.
FC Copenhagen - Aalborg BK
Chris Rolfe and Aalborg will try to shake off last weekend's tepid goalless draw against Esbjerg and keep their push for Europe alive when they pay a visit to Copenhagen on Sunday.
Aaalborg are barely hanging onto their current Europa League qualification spot, with red-hot Midtjylland trailing merely by goal differential. With the Wolves visiting a tricky and equally on-fire Randers team on Monday, pulling any kind of result in Copenhagen could go a long way towards securing Aalborg's position, or conversely be necessary to keep them in the running.
The team has managed to put together an impressive eight-game unbeaten run without many of their important stars, however with the return of Jeppe Curth, Daniel Fredheim Holm, Kjetil Wæhler and Daniel Christensen to the fold, they should be able to mount a formidable challenge to the reigning Danish champions.
Marcus Tracy is expected to be the only injury absence for Aalborg, while Copenhagen starting keeper Johan Wiland will miss the game due to his red card in last weekend's loss against Midtjylland.
Viborg FF - Hvidovre IF
Babajide Ogunbiyi should get the start in Viborg's central defense on Sunday as they will try to keep their diminishing shot at promotion alive when Hvidovre pay a visit.
Led by the American, Viborg put together an impressive defensive performance in Wednesday's bad weather makeup game in Lyngby, effectively shutting down their hosts' scoring attempts.
They will need to turn their sights towards their own attack, as they have managed only one goal in their last three outings, and have yet to put more than a single tally on the board in the six games since the season re-start.
Viborg will likely continue to be without forwards Christian Muomaife and Christian Olsen, both of whom continue to struggle with injury.
Hvidovre, who are currently reporting no injuries or suspensions, have fallen to ninth place amidst an awful run which has seen them win just once in their last eleven.
FC Fyn - FC Roskilde
Jamil Fearrington will take up his usual spot in Roskilde's defense on Sunday when they to continue their strong spring campaign with a visit to 11th-place Fyn.
Roskilde have done a fine job to pull themselves free of their previous place in the relegation zone, going undefeated over their first five games of the spring and looking like an entirely different team that struggled through much of the fall.
Even though struggling through their last two outings, both of them hard-fought ties, they have high hopes of taking the full three points on their visit to Fyn, who hold one of the worst defensive records in the division.
Roskilde continue to be without long-term absences Morten Avnskjold, who suffered catastrophic leg injury during last summer's pre-season preparations and forward Tobias Perch-Nielsen, who recently underwent surgery on his meniscus. Midfielder Stefan Schmidt also continues to be out with a knee injury.
The hosts will likely make do without forwards Hassan Bashir and Jeppe Jensen, both of whom have struggled as of late with injury.
Euan Holden is recovering from surgery for a groin injury and will not participate when Vejle host FC Vestsjælland on Sunday.