MEGHAN BRENNAN - Friday, August 6, 2010
Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson of Start host Brann, Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk welcome Strømsgodset and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss hit the road to play Kongsvinger in round 19 of the Eliteserien.
Start - Brann
Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson both return from yellow card suspension Sunday when Start takes on Brann at Sør Arena.
Goodson's return, however, is short lived as he will leave for New Jersey after the match to join the US Men's National team in a friendly against Brazil.
Head coach Knut Torum has a full and healthy squad to chose from with Ole Martin Arst and Branislav Millicevic fully recovered from their injuries.
The full squad should help Start return to their winning ways. Before their horrendous 1-8 loss to Vålerenga last weekend they had won three straight.
Brann, who sits in 12th in the Eliteserien appears to have a full squad available. The last time the two teams met up Start defeated Brann in the fifth round of play.
Stabæk - Strømsgodset
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk return home to Telenor Arena Sunday to face Strømsgodset and hopefully turn their recent misfortunes around.
Without a win in over a month Stabæk has slipped to 11th in the Eliteserien and is desperate for a turn around.
Jorgen Lennartsson was announced as Stabæk's new head coach during a press conference Monday and may be the change Diskerud and company need.
For the first time almost all season, Stabæk looks to be a relatively healthy bunch with Daniel Nannskog and Pontus Farnerud consistently in the starting lineup after two long rehab stints.
Strømsgodset too has a full squad available and will likely play defender Akeem Latifu for the first time. Godset who acquired Latifu earlier this season from the Nigerian Premier League team Akwa United FC, have finally obtained the necessary papers for him to play.
The team sits at sixth in the rankings and fell 1-3 to Stabæk when the met in the 12th round of play earlier this season.
Kongsvinger - Hønefoss
Norwegian-American midfielder Kenneth Di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss travel east to face Kongsvinger at Gjemselund Stadion on Sunday.
Di Vita Jensen has made three consecutive starts for Hønefoss and the recently turned 20 year old hopes Sunday will be his fourth.
A win over Kongsvinger would put a nine point cushion between Hønefoss who sit in 14th, and the hosts, who are just one position below in the Eliteserien, and may even propel them one ranking higher.
Hønefoss, who are coming off two home wins against Lillestrom and ODD Grenland, hope to take their streak on the road. In their last meeting in April, Kongsvinger defeated Hønefoss 2-1.
Neither team is reporting any news of injury.
Joe Bednik will watch from the sidelines as the reserve keeper for Sogndal as will Collin Burns for Sarpsborg as their teams face off at Sarpsborg Stadion on Sunday.