JON VAN WAGENEN - Sunday, August 22, 2010
Another Monday matchup brings tough tests for Ryan Miller and Halmstad who host Malmö while Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro welcome in AIK in Allsvenskan action.
Örebro - AIK
AIK is Sweden's best hope of reaching the Europa League group stages, despite being mired in a disappointing season domestically.
Since switching coaches, last year's champions have moved out of the relegation zone but cannot even claim the bragging rights as Stockholm's best team, as they still sit a disappointing 11th place.
Still, a win for the visitors could bring them as high as sixth place and add another team into the mix of top four challengers for Örebro.
The Black and White will be gunning for the win after falling to Mjällby last week and losing their grip on third place.
The fans in Solna have displayed a violent steak, attacking Rosenborg fans three weeks ago and throwing stones at the Levski Sofia team bus after a 0-0 outcome in Thursday's home match against left AIK.
Tommy Wirtanen, Peter Westman, Fredrik Nordback , and Oskar Johansson are out injured for the home team.
Bedoya's midfield partner in crime Nordin Gerzic returns from suspension but Patrik Anttonen will be held out for accumulation of yellow cards.
Helgi Danielsson and Antonio Flavio are suspended from an otherwise full-strength AIK.
Halmstads – Malmö
After sliding into the relegation playoff spot, Halmstad face an uphill task against visiting Malmö.
Malmö have been making up ground against a Helsingborg team that sprinted out to an early lead with nine straight wins. The difference now is just one point.
After failing to get a win against league-worst Åtvidaberg, Halmstad should be satisfied with a point in this matchup.
After Emil Solomonsson performed well at right back, Ryan Miller has shifted to the left side.
Jeffrey Aubynn is suspended for Malmö, while Halmstad is at full strength.