MEGHAN BRENNAN - Thursday, September 23, 2010
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek are out to rebound from last week's horrific loss while Start's American duo of Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson visit Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen's Honefoss.
Kongsvinger - Stabæk
Following two Eliteserien losses in a row, including an embarrassing succession to ODD Grenland last weekend, Stabæk and Mikkel Diskerud hit the road to face Kongsvinger at Gjemselund Stadion on Sunday.
Diskerud will start in his usual right midfield position for Jan Jonsson's 11th placed squad.
Their opponents, Kongsvinger, boast an even meager resume, just one position above last in the league rankings.
They too are coming off a lost last weekend and will be frantically looking to secure points to avoid relegation before the close of the season.
Both teams appear to be fully functioning and healthy for the game Sunday.
Stabæk has been victorious over Kongsvinger twice this year, first in training camp and most recently in the seventh round of play when they won 4-2.
Hønefoss - Start
Americans Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen of Hønefoss host Start and defensemen Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman at AKA Arena on Monday.
While Clark and Di Vita Jensen will likely watch this one from the sidelines Goodson and Freeman will start at central and right defense respectively.
After a disappointing loss to Molde last weekend, Hønefoss has slipped to 14th and is again in the relegation zone.
A win for the hosts is vital if they want to stay in the Eliteserien next season.
Start's attack will be led by Ole Martin Årst, who is a league leading scorer with 10 goals this season and who recently signed a one year contract extension with the team.
It appears both teams are injury free at this time.
The last time these teams met, Start overcame Hønefoss 2-0 in the eighth round of play.
Strømmen - Mjøndalen
Norway's newest yank, Graham Dugoni and 1. Division team Mjøndalen will travel to play Strømmen on Sunday.
The Oregon native will start as the central defender where he has seen tremendous success since his arrival at the club earlier this September.
Named Man of the Match last week in the win over Ranheim, Dugoni hopes to aid Mjøndalen in another win and as a result distance the team from the relegation zone.
It will be a tough feat however against the hosts who currently rank fourth in the league.
Both teams are healthy and when the met earlier this season the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Colin Burns and Joe Bendik will watch as the reserve goalkeepers as their respective teams Sarpsborg and Sogndal host Tromsdalen and Alta.