CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, October 22, 2010
Ryan Miller and Halmstad still have to decide their fate, while Alejandro Bedoya's Örebro can count on European action next season. The Superettan wraps up this weekend with Michel Thomas and Nick Noble playing a consolation match.
Halmstads BK – AIK
Halmstad hold their fate in their hands when they face AIK on Monday with three games to go in the season.
Ryan Miller can expect to get the start in the backline for the hosts, who have one more game at home.
Having just slipped against Mjällby AIF, Miller and his teammates are just four points clear of relegation on 32, with games against second-place Helsingborgs IF and eighth-place Djurgården.
AIK sit on the ledge of relegation with goal differential making the difference, and hope to ride the momentum from their 1-0 cruise past Gefle IF last weekend.
The Halmstaders claimed the win the last time the pair met in April with a Jonas Gudni Saevarsson strike in the waning minutes.
Örebro – IF Brommapojkarna
Örebro look to ensure three points against the league-laggers on Monday and maintain a hold on the third spot in the Allsvenskan.
American Alejandro Bedoya will feature in the midfield look to add to the three goals he has already notched this season.
With their 1-0 defeat of GAIS at home last Wednesday, Örebro essentially guaranteed themselves a spot in European competition next season. The bottom would have to fall out, and they would have to lose all three remaining games to miss out.
Meanwhile, last-place Brommapojkarna need a miracle and at least four points to avoid relagation, having not helped their fate with a loss last Saturday to IFK Göteborg. Their home-field advantage didn't help them last time the two met either, with Örebro stealing the show with a 1-0 scoreline.
Degerfors IF – Ljungskile
The Superettan comes to a close on Saturday afternoon as Ljungskile pay a visit to Degerfors' Stora Valla.
Michel Thomas and Nick Noble can expect to finish out the season as starters with little at stake except pride.
With all 16 teams in simultaneous action, Ljunskile have a chance to nab the fourth spot, but is out of reach of promotion.
Coming off a win last Saturday at Väsby United, Ljungskile enter the game with momentum and confidence remembering their 2-0 win over Degerfors in July.
Meanwhile, Degerfors flirted with relegation in 11th and will look for consolation points after a disappointing one-goal draw against Östers last Saturday.