MEGHAN BRENNAN - Thursday, September 30, 2010
In a busy weekend for Americans in Norway, Mix Diskerud and Stabaek take on Alesund while Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and Start play Tromsø plus Mjondalen's Graham Dugoni will also be in action.
Brann – Hønefoss
Hønefoss with American's Kenneth Di Vita Jensen and Steve Clark face another opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone Saturday, should they win against 12th ranked Brann at Brann Stadion in Bergen.
Di Vita Jensen is a questionable starter at right midfield while Clark will watch this one from the bench as the reserve keeper.
A strain to Di Vita Jensen's hamstring earlier this week in training, will leave him as a game time decision along with captain Frode Lafton (knee) and striker Kamal Saaliti (ankle).
On the other side of the field, midfielder Tijan Jaiteh will make his debut against Hønefoss following a three week groin rehab stint.
The teams have met once earlier this season when Hønefoss overcame Brann 2-0 in the 13th round of play.
Stabæk – Ålesund
Stabaek with midfielder Mikkel Diskerud will face one of the Eliteserien's best in Ålesund Sunday at Telenor Arena.
As always, Diskerud will start at right midfield for Jan Jonsson's 11th placed squad.
Stabæk will be without veteran striker Daniel Nannskog who tore an anterior leg muscle in August and is out for the rest of the season. It will however feature offensive duo Veigar Pall Gunnarsson and Johan Andersson who each contributed a goal in last weekends' victory over Kongsvinger.
The counter-attack will rely on one of the league's leading scorers, Tor Hogne Aarøy who boasts 10 goals in 25 games.
Ålesund and Stabæk tied 2-2 in the third round of play earlier this season.
Start – Tromsø
With five league games remaining Start's Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson host the third ranked team, Tromsø, Sunday at Sør Arena.
Freeman and Goodson will make up half of the back line starting at right and center back respectively.
Start will be without midfielder Fredrik Stromstad while Tromsø appears to have a full squad available.
Tromsø should be a tough opponent for Start as they have lost just five games this season and are coming off a two game winning streak.
The last time these two teams met Tromsø defeated Start 1-0 in the 11th around of play.
Mjøndalen – Bryne
Graham Dugoni hopes to continue his successful start in the 1. Divsion when Mjøndalen invites Bryne to Nedre Eiker Stadion on Sunday.
Since arriving with the club this September Dugoni has made consistent starts at center back, where he is likely to be seen Sunday.
Dugoni has helped his team climb out of the relegation zone with two consecutive wins over the past two weekends. They currently sit in 12th and a win Sunday could further distance them from the threat of relegation.
Both teams appear to be injury free at this time.
Bryne has defeated Mjøndalen twice this season. The first time was at a training camp in La Manga Spain and then most recently a 5-1 victory in the seventh round of play.