Thursday, September 16, 2010
It will be a battle between yanks on Sunday in the Allsvenskan as Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro head south to take on Ryan Miller and Halmstad.
Halmstad – Orebro
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro make the five hour trip down to the Swedish southwestern coast on Sunday to square off against Ryan Miller and a desperate Halmstad at Örjans Vall Stadium in Halmstad.
Both Americans look set to start the match with Bedoya lining up in Orebro coach Sixten Bostrom's midfield while Miller will assume his natural position on the Halmstad back line.
With their Allsvenskan title hopes now disappeared, Bedoya and company have turned their attention to finishing out the season strong and laying claim to a third place finish and a spot in next year's Europa League.
A loss last week to Djurgården helped fourth place Elfsborg make up three points on Bostrom's squad so Orebro will be out to score some early goals and help put their fans' minds at ease for at least another week.
Miller and Halmstad come into the match also in need of a win however they sit at the opposite end of the standings.
The former Notre Dame standout's club are a mere point away from the relegation playoff position and just two points off automatic relegation.
Miller's has been a regular starter of late, however the Halmstad offense has sputtered accumulating a paltry four goals in their last five matches.
The guests will be without Tommy Wirtanen, Peter Westman, Fredrik Nordback and Oskar Johansson while Halmstad will have a full squad.
Brage – Ljungskile
Ljungskile's American pairing of Nick Noble and Michael Thomas get back to business on Monday when they visit Brage at Domnarvsvallen Stadium in Borlänge.
Noble will take his usual spot in goal while Thomas will once again man the Ljungskile midfield.
Both teams are equal on points at 34 and appear safe from relegation with less than two months remianing in the season.
Consequently they are both too far off the pace to be part of the promotion conversation so Monday's match looks to be a matter of pride for each squad.
In last week's 2-0 win over Assyriska, Noble secured his first shutout since July 4th, while Thomas got another full 90 minutes.
The former Notre Dame player will be out to add to his season goal total of three.
Ljungskile will be missing Josemar, Edwin Phiri and David Durmaz due to injury while Brage will not have Andreas Hedlund available.