DAVID SMITH - Friday, April 30, 2010
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus head to Silkeborg in hopes of rescuing their season while Michael Parkhurst and the Wild Tigers will try to put a stop to Randers in Farum Park.
Silkeborg IF - AGF Aarhus
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus find themselves in the troubling predicament of fighting against relegation, and will need to make a significant turnaround should they hope to pull themselves free on Saturday in Silkeborg.
Last week's shocking loss to Køge combined with a win by Randers over Midtjylland dropped Aarhus below the surface for the first time this season.
With only one win since the turn of the new year, Erik Rassmussen's team will need to regroup during their final four games if they hope to avoid the unthinkable drop to the First Division.
Aarhus will be boosted by the return of starting keeper and team captain Steffen Rassmussen from a two-match card suspension, but will continue to be without the attacking tandem Peter Graulund and Davit Devdriani who remain absent with injuries.
Additionally, Kim Madsen and Ulrik Lindkvist continue to be left out of the squad with nagging injuries.
Silkeborg still maintain a slight chance of qualifying for the Europa League as they are just four points back from third place, but are seeing their chance slip away on the heels of a four-game losing streak in the league.
They will be without forward Rajko Lekic due to a yellow card suspension.
FC Nordsjælland - Randers FC
Fresh off their historic win in midweek to earn their place in the Danish Cup final, Michael Parkhurst should retain his starting spot in central defense as the Wild Tigers try to break Randers' 13-game undefeated streak.
Parkhurst could do fellow American Benny Feilhaber and his teammates a huge favor with a win, as Randers are currently one point ahead of the Aarhus in the battle against relegation.
If there is any team which has the bravado to put a stop to Randers it is likely Nordsjælland, as their confidence flying high thanks to their current seven-game unbeaten run, which has taken them into the Danish Cup final as well as to within reach of nabbing a European qualification spot through the league.
Coach Morten Wieghorst will continue to be without Sibusiso Zuma who is still one week away from return from an ankle injury as well as midfielder Nicolai Stokholm, who must miss two weeks after picking up a knee injury in Wednesday's Cup semifinal.
Backup keeper Nenad Novakovic remains unlikely while recovering from a shoulder injury as does midfielder Søren Christensen after both missed the midweek game, however forward Andreas Laudrup appears ready to return to the fold.
Randers will most likely be without defender Issah Ahmed, but are otherwise free of suspension and injury for the game.
Aalborg BK - FC Midtjylland
After only lasting through 45 minutes in the team's lackluster 2-0 loss to Copenhagen, Chris Rolfe will hope to see minutes for Aalborg on Sunday when they host Midtjylland, with a possible Europa League spot on the line.
Aalborg have fallen off from their previous hot streak, only taking one point in their last two games, and will need to be on their toes if they hope to hold off Midtjylland to remain in third place.
The Wolves are fresh off Thursday night's 2-2 draw with Odense to secure their place in the Danish Cup final, and will be hoping to atone for Monday night's 2-0 loss to Randers, only their second blemish in the last 12 league games.
Aalborg coach Magnus seen his previously-hobbled squad come slowly back to health, and will be missing only a trio of players for Sunday's game. Marcus Tracy is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, midfielder Daniel Christensen is recovering from a thigh strain and midfielder Louay Chanko must sit due to a broken toe.
Midtjylland welcomed Frank Kristensen back into the squad for Thursday's game after the veteran forward had been sidelined since mid-March with a knee injury, and otherwise are reporting no injuries or suspensions.
Skive IK - Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi will look to go the full 90 minutes in Viborg's central defense on Saturday when they head to relegation-threatened Skive.
A run of three straight draws preceded by a loss over their last four games has all but taken Viborg out of the running for promotion to the Superligaen with eight games remaining, but a late season push could still set the tone for a potential run to the top in the following season.
They will need to be on their toes against a tough Skive squad, which has looked far better in recent weeks than their 13th-place standing would suggest, most recently suffering a narrow defeat to likely league champions Horsens.
Viborg will likely continue to be without forwards Christian Muomaife and Christian Olsen, both of whom continue to struggle with injury. Skive are currently reporting no injuries or suspensions.
FC Roskilde - BK Frem
Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde will try to make it two in a row on Sunday when they host Frem.
A midweek win over Kolding gave the team a seven-point pad over the drop zone, and similar victory over a relatively weak Frem team could potentially see this increase to a full ten points should Vejle do them a favor and sneak a win on their visit to Kolding later in the afternoon.
Fearrington will face his former employers with Roskilde in the midst of their best run of the season, during which they have picked up 12 points - their total through the first 15 games of the fall - in just the seven games since the winter break.
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 struggle with a knee injury.
In addition, Toke Morsing will also miss the game due to a red card suspension.
Euan Holden is recovering from surgery and will not participate on Sunday when Vejle head to 14th-place Kolding.