Thursday, October 14, 2010
With a win versus last year's Superettan champions, Ryan Miller and Halmstad will book another spot in the Allsvenskan while Nick Noble and Michael Thomas will be playing out the string versus Vasby United.
Mjällby – Halmstad
Ryan Miller and Halmstad can secure their place in next year's Allsvenskan with a win this weekend against Mjällby.
Sunday's match at Strandvallen Stadion in Hällevik will see Miller take his usual spot in defense for the visitors.
The former Notre Dame standout has been a solid presence in the second half of the season for Halmstad's back line after being benched temporarily earlier in the campaign.
Halmstad encounters a Mjällby squad with no incentive for victory as last year's Superettan champions are wrapping up an impressive first year campaign in the Allsvenskan as they currently sit seventh.
Meanwhile, Miller and company are unbeaten in their last four with two wins and two draws.
Three points against the hosts will provide the necessary difference to ensure their safety. Halmstad are currently eight points above the relegation playoff spot with just four rounds left in the season.
Both teams will have full squads available.
Ljungskile – Vasby United
It is smooth sailing for Nick Noble and Michael Thomas who will be playing out the string for Ljungskile when they meet cellar dwellers Vasby United on Saturday.
Noble will start in goal like he has all season long while Thomas will anchor the Ljungskile midfield in the match at Ljungskile's Starke Arvid Arena.
The two Americans and their teammates can be comforted that there are no relegation fears heading into the Superettan's final two weeks, however, on the flip side, they are also far off the promotion chase.
Ljungskile last featured in the Allsvenskan in 2008 and will spend another year in Sweden's second level in 2011.
The future for Vasby United is grim. Saturday's visitors currently sit in last place in the 16 team league with 18 points and will be playing their 2011 in the dreaded netherworld of Sweden's Division 1.
Ironically, one of the few highlights this season for the last place club was a 3-2 victory over Ljungskile back on June 30th.
However since that victory, Vasby has only won once.
Neither team is reporting any major injuries.