Friday, September 10, 2010
Ryan Miller and Halmstad get to play under the Friday night lights against Hacken while Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro head to Djurgården for a Sunday affair in the Allsvenskan.
Hacken - Halmstad
Ryan Miller and Halmstad return from the international break with a tricky test at Rambergsvallen Stadion in Hisingen versus Hacken.
Miller will likely start in defense for the visitors who need a strong final two months of the season to avoid any relegation scenarios.
Last time out Halmstad finally snapped a four match winless skid with a 2-1 win over Kalmar.
Another three points would be paramount to keeping some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
The visitors will have a full squad available while Hacken will be missing Tom Soderberg, Jonas Bjurstrom and Paulinho.
Djurgården - Orebro
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro will try to hold their firm grip on the final Europa League spot when they travel to sixth place Djurgården on Sunday.
The match in the capital city at Stockholms Stadion is a critical one for Bedoya and company with Elfsborg just four points behind Orebro in the league standings.
Bedoya will be looking to line up at his usual position of right midfielder and attempt to lead Orebro to their third consecutive victory.
Meanwhile the hosts and 2005 Allsvenskan champions have rebounded nicely from last year's disappointing 14th place finish and will be gunning for a win to kickstart their charge towards a Europa League berth.
Tommy Wirtanen, Peter Westman, Fredrik Nordback and Oskar Johansson are out for Orebro while Djurgården will be missing Croatian Hrvoje Milić who has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Stefan Alven.
Ljungskile - Assyriska
The American duo of Nick Noble and Michael Thomas resume Superettan play when Ljungskile host Assyriska at Starke Arvid Arena on Sunday.
Noble will take his usual spot in goal while Thomas will line up at midfielder for the hosts.
The summer months were unkind to Ljungskile as they struggled through a ten match stretch that saw them win only once.
That runof poor play sent them spiraling down the league standings not only ending any hopes of promotion but also evoking fears of relegation to the lower depths of Swedish soccer.
They face an Assyriska team that is very much in the thick of the promotion chase and will be out for the three points.
Johan Patriksson may still be out for the hosts while Assyriska is not reporting any major injuries.