DAVID SMITH - Friday, June 11, 2010
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will try to play spoiler to AB Copenhagen's promotion aspirations while Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde will look to assure their survival.
Viborg FF - AB Copenhagen
A lackluster spring has left Viborg resigned to a finish in the middle of the standings, but they can still play a role in the promotion struggle as fourth-place AB Copenhagen come to town.
Viborg's offensive woes continued during their midweek game as they could only manage a stale goalless draw in Vejle, and a tough Academics defense which is allowing barely more than a goal per game is likely to give them little reprieve.
For their part, AB Copenhagen are still clinging onto thin hopes for a second-place finish and a move up to the Superligaen for next season, but a two-point gap behind both Lyngby and Fredericia leaves them with little room for error in their final two games.
Andreas Sorensen and Kim Christensen are questionable for the Academics as they struggle with injuries, while Viborg could continue to be without midfielder Marc Dal Hende and defender Jonas Thorsen.
Hvidovre IF - FC Roskilde
A precarious three-point pad is not yet enough to assure survival for Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde, but a win on the road over struggling Hvidovre on Sunday could see them looking ahead to another season in the First Division by the end of the weekend.
Roskilde are currently in the best position of the four teams fighting to avoid the final spot destined for the drop, but with only three points to spare, picking up points against a Hvidovre squad in a slightly worse position is a must.
While Fearrington and his teammates have cooled off considerably in recent weeks with one win against three losses, they will still have the decisive edge over their opponents, who have been nothing short of dismal in the spring term.
Their lone win of 2010 came on April Fool's day against Kolding, and their current 11-game winless streak has them on the edge of the cliff with the doldrums of the Danish third-tier looking like an ever-increasing likelihood.
Their only injury concern is midfielder Franck Semou who was forced to sit out of last weekend's draw in Thisted with a slight injury, but the team otherwise has a full squad available.
Roskilde continue to be without long-term absences Morten Avnskjold, who has missed the whole season with a leg injury and forward Tobias Perch-Nielsen, who underwent surgery on his meniscus earlier in the spring.
Euan Holden is still recovering from groin surgery, and will not feature when Vejle host already-relegated BK Frem on Sunday afternoon.