JON VAN WAGENEN - Tuesday, April 27, 2010
There is little time for rest for Alejandro Bedoya and Ryan Miller as the Allsvenskan plays a midweek round.
Kalmar – Örebro
Alejando Bedoya and Örebro return to action with a midweek tussle on Wednesday versus Johann Smith's winless Kalmar.
Kalmar saved a point with a stoppage time goal against GAIS last weekend, but a dark cloud is hanging over the club.
Sweden's second richest team is off to its worse start in years and now a scandal is emerging as Kalmar sees to have used agent Oliver Cabrera to illegally recruit 15 Brazilian players this decade.
Cabrera is under investigation with several claims that he represented both players and clubs in several negotiations, a clear violation of FIFA law.
Kalmar is refusing to comment on how much it knew about Cabrera's role, or who owns the company they sent millions of dollars in transfer fees to.
Kalmar, the 2008 Swedish champions, have started the season with five draws and three losses. They have dropped to the bottom of the standings.
None of the recent Swedish champions are fairing much better in a topsy-turvy season. AIK, the 2009 champs, are only one point better than Kalmar, while 2007 champs IFK Göteborg are just three points above the bottom.
Örebro, meanwhile are off to their best start since 1991. Their recent 3-0 over Halmstad was a breakthrough at home for a team that started the season stronger on the road.
Fredrik Nordback, Peter Westman och Oskar Johansson remain out for Örebro, but the starting lineup that has three straight wins remains intact.
Robin Östlind and Daniel Sobralense are out of action for Kalmar.
American Smith has not played since a youth game on April 7th.
Halmstad – Gefle
Ryan Miller and Halmstad will face Gefle at home in a battle of middleweights.
Halmstad, currently eigth will want a win if they expect to finish ahead of Geflewho sit 10th in the standings.
Miller is one of four Halmstad players who has started in every match this year.
His fellow Notre Dame alum, Michael Thomas, hasn't seen game action in three weeks.
Gefle have lost each of their last three matches, despite managing to put a goal on the scoreboard in each of them.
Injured striker Joe Sise will be missing for Halmstad.
Gefle have a host of injured players: Olof Mård, Öyvind Gram, Jonathan Hellström, Hasse Berggren, James Frempong, and Daniel Leino.
Yussif Chibsah will miss due to suspension for Gefle.