JON VAN WAGENEN - Friday, July 9, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya will try to lead Örebro to the semifinal of the Swedish Cup, while Nick Noble will lead a strong Ljungskile team on a quest for promotion to the top flight.
Örebro – Mjällby
A week before the Allsvenskan season resumes after the World Cup pause, two of the pleasant surprises from the first half will be in action in the Swedish Cup.
The odds that both Örebro and Mjällby could finish in the top four of the Allsvenskan would have been long at the beginning of the season, but they sit at third and fourth respectively.
Roni Porokara, the Örebro forward will be out for the next two matches after a red card against Nörrköping. Porokara, a young Finnish international has been rumored to be on the way out to bigger leagues.
Astrit Ajdarevic, from the Liverpool and Leichester ranks has been brought in by Örebro to help make up for the fire power, should Porokara leave.
This is the first Allsvenskan oppenent in the Cup for Örebro, while Mjällby dispatched second-placed Malmö 4-1 in the previous round.
Ljungskile SK - Östers IF
After beating league leading Degerfors, Nick Noble, Michael Thomas and Ljungskile look to continue their climb towards the top of the Superettan.
To hope to do so, they will have to take care of business against Östers IF, a relegation candidate.
With three wins and a draw in their last five, Noble and teammates are steadily rising and are just one point off a possible promotion spot. Meanwhile, Östers has lost three in a row and is seeing their gap below safety slowly increasing to crisis levels.