DAVID SMITH - Friday, June 4, 2010
Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde can all but assure their survival with a win against AB Copenhagen while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg try to deny division champions Horsens the one last notch missing on their belt.
Viborg FF - AC Horsens
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg have not tasted victory in close to two months in a streak covering seven games, and will need to muster an inspired performance should they hope to snap their run when runaway First Division champions Horsens visit on Friday evening.
Viborg's ever-growing streak of futility reached an embarrassing new low in their last outing when they were shut out by likely relegation fodder Kolding, and a three-week schedule break in the time since will have certainly given them plenty of time to ponder what has gone wrong in a campaign which had them expecting a push for promotion at its midway point.
Horsens, conversely, have left little question all season as to their qualifications to return to the Danish top flight following last season's relegation campaign. The Yellow Danger has held the league top spot since late-October and has scored at least one victory over all but one team in the division, with Viborg remaining the lone exception.
Having already assured their status as champions of the division, Horsens will certainly be pushing to complete their remarkable run through the league and avenge their tight 1-0 loss to Viborg earlier in the season.
Horsens will be without a trio of players, as Morten Rassmussen is nursing an Achilles injury, Allan Søgaard sustained a hamstring injury during the week and Alioune Kebe is stil returning to full fitness after a long spell on the sidelines.
Viborg are reporting no injuries heading into the game.
AB Copenhagen - FC Roskilde
Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde are on the verge of securing their First Division status for another season, and can begin their celebrations a few weeks early should they find a way to take three points from neighbors AB Copenhagen on Sunday.
A much-needed 2-1 win against Thisted the weekend before snapped a troublesome three-game losing streak and once again gave the team some breathing room above the approaching drop zone as they enter their final stretch.
They still have some work to do as their three-point cushion could easily vanish over the final three weeks of the season, making their trip up the road to AB Copenhagen's Gladsaxe Stadion a potentially crucial tilt which could see the pendulum swing either way depending on other results over the weekend.
The Academics themselves still have plenty to play for in the final weeks of the season, as they are currently a mere two points back of a possible promotion spot and will likely need to win out if they have any hopes of overtaking Lyngby and Fredericia to steal advancement to the Superligaen for the 2010-11 season.
The team will be without a number of key players, as Nick Christensen, Mathias Tauber and Oliver Lund are all suspended, while Casper Andersen, Andreas Sorensen and Kim Christensen are all questionable after missing the team's midweek with various injuries.
Roskilde were hit with the announcement on Friday that longtime head coach Martin Jungsgaard has opted to depart the team during the summer, giving the final three games special meaning for all involved parties as Jungsgaard had become a popular figure after guiding the team out of the doldrums of the Second Division two seasons ago.
They 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 underwent surgery on his meniscus earlier in the spring. Midfielder Stefan Schmidt also continues to struggle with a knee injury.
Euan Holden is still recovering form groin surgery and will not participate when Vejle journey to Fyn on Sunday.