DAVID SMITH - Friday, September 24, 2010
Michael Parkhurst should be back in Nordsjaelland's starting lineup when they host Horsens while Benny Feilhaber will hope to still have his scoring touch when Aarhus take on Køge.
FC Nordsjaelland - AC Horsens
Having made his return to the field on Thursday night in Danish Cup action, Michael Parkhurst will be ready to go on Sunday afternoon when Nordsjaelland host newly-promoted Horsens.
Parkhurst had missed several games after dislocating his shoulder in August, but a solid performance in the back line on Thursday night signaled his successful return to health.
The team could certainly use his steady presence in the back as they have been poor in league play in recent weeks, having won only once in the past month.
They are facing one of the two teams to gain promotion to the Superligaen for the second straight week, and will hope to fare better against Horsens than they did last weekend against Lyngby, against whom they lost by two goals.
Horsens have struggled back in the top flight, although do hold a respectable three wins after nine games, and are in a four-way tie just above the relegation zone with nearly one-third of the season played.
Nordsjaelland coach Morten Wieghorst will likely still be without central defender Andreas Bjelland as he needs more time to be at full strength from his knee injury.
Horsend were winners of a wild 6-2 midweek cup game against FC Vestsjælland which saw them put four past their opponents in extra time. They are reporting no injuries or suspension to their squad heading into the weekend's match.
AGF Aarhus - HB Høge
After his midweek hat trick in Cup action, Benny Feilhaber will help Aarhus continue their tear through the First Division on Sunday when they host their relegation partners from last season Køge.
The Whites passed through to the next round of the Cup in grand fashion on Wednesday, blowing past Skive on the strength of three overtime goals and a total of six on the evening.
Feilhaber was in the center of the action with three of his own, and will hope the team keeps the floodgates open against the other team which suffered the drop alongside Aarhus last season.
Aarhus will likely be missing Caspar Sloth and Dan Thomassen to ankle injuries, and might still have wait longer for the return of Frederik Krabbe as he works his way back to fitness.
Køge will have a full squad available for the game.
Viborg FF - Hvidovre IF
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will hope to hold onto the momentum from their midweek Cup win on Sunday afternoon when they host Hvidovre in league action.
Viborg have gone stale in the league in recent weeks and are in the unusual position of being near the bottom of the standings, however will hope that the cup win on Wednesday will give their campaign a much-needed kick start.
Hvidovre might be the perfect opponent for this purpose, as they are also struggling heavily, finding themselves down in 15th place and with only a single win so far on the season.
Viborg coach Lars Søndergaard could still be without regulars Christian Olsen and Jonas Thorsen as well as Nicolai Melchiorsen and youngester Jeff Mensah, all of whom have been sidelined lately with injuries.
Hvidovre are reporting a full squad available for the game.
Both Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy are struggling with injuries and will not take part when Aalborg host SønderjyskE on Saturday.