DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Danish Cup first round kicks off with teams below the Superligaen, giving Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg the chance to find their offensive rhythm against relative minnows after the weekend's shut-out.
Kjellerup IF - Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi should get the start in Viborg's central defense on Wednesday as they send a full-strength squad to fourth-division Kjellerup in hopes of kick-starting their anemic attack.
The Greens showed little sign of having fixed the problems up front which had plagued them throughout the previous season in the weekend's First Division opener, managing a stale scoreless draw on their visit to weaklings Kolding.
Barring a dramatically unexpected turn of events, Wednesday's opponents Kjellerup - who lie two divisions lower on the divisional totem - should give them the chance to gain some confidence along the front line in what they are hoping will ultimately be a seasonlong push for promotion.
Their opponents Kjellerup compete in the fourth tier of the Danish system, and are little known beyond the lower local divisions, with their current Danmarksserien classification being the highest attained in their history.
The team has yet to begin their season, leaving Morten Krogh as the only injury victim as he recovers from a foot injury.
Viborg were knocked out of last year's competition in the round of 16 and will be hoping for a relatively easy outing against the neighboring minnows.
The team has won the competition once in their history, having hoisted the cup in 2000, and will be sporting a full squad with the exception of midfielder Carlos Shiralipour who left the weekend's game shortly after the half with an injury.
Benny Feilhaber is part of the the USA's squad for Tuesday's friendly game against Brazil in New Jersey, and will likely be too jetlagged to join the rest of his AGF teammates the following night on their trip to Holstebro.
Jamil Fearrington was amongst the group of starters given the evening off for Roskilde's Wednesday afternoon Cup matchup with fourth-tier team IF Skjold Birkerød.