DAVID SMITH - Friday, October 29, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland will look to down Odense for the second time in less than a week while Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus face a tough test against AB Copenhagen.
FC Nordsjaelland - Odense BK
Michael Parkhurst and the Wild Tigers will look to follow up Thursday night's impressive Danish Cup win at Odense with a repeat performance in front of their home crowd when the two teams face off on Monday night.
Parkhurst and his teammates were finally able to break their run of three straight without a win, netting a late 82nd winner on Thursday night to push past Odense and into the quarterfinal of the Cup.
They will try to translate the win into the necessary momentum to pick up their faltering league campaign, which currently has them sitting eighth in the standings, and with only a single victory in their last five.
This will require Morten Wieghorst's squad to score a second straight win over an Odense squad which will certainly have revenge on their minds, however this time the Wild Tigers have the advantage of playing in front of their home crowd, which could give them the extra push they need.
Thursday's win was also their second straight win over Odense, as they pulled off a tight 1-0 win on the road back in mid-September.
Both teams have been fortunate with injuries, and neither is reporting any absences for Monday night's clash.
AGF Aarhus - AB Copenhagen
Benny Feilhaber will hope to be back on the field following a minor ankle injury on Sunday when Aarhus host promotion-hunting AB Copenhagen.
Feilhaber missed the team's midweek 1-0 Danish Cup victory over lower league team Varde IF, however could return to the Aarhus lineup as they do battle with a tough Copenhagen team which also has their eyes set on advancement to the top flight.
Aarhus have been spectacular so far through their first 12 games in league play, winning nine and going undefeated to hold a three-point lead over second-place Vejle.
While Copenhagen are still four points out of a promotion spot in third place, they have proven dominant over their last six league games, winning four and only losing once, against fellow chasers Vejle.
Feilhaber should be ready to return for Aarhus, however they will likely be missing defender Adam Eckersley to a minor injury and are without fellow backline mate Jens Gjesing for the long haul as he recovers from an ACL tear.
For the visitors, defenders Rasmus Thelander and Oliver Lund are out for several weeks with injuries.
Naestved BK - Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will look to bounce back from Tuesday's Danish Cup loss at the hands of Aalborg and avoid falling into the relegation zone on Sunday when they visit fellow strugglers Naestved.
The Greens had their hearts broken in the cruelest of ways on Wednesday night, rallying to pull even against Aalborg, however losing out after 120 minutes in a penalty shootout.
The loss was just another shot to a team which has had an unexpectedly rough time so far this season, as they have won just three games out of twelve, and are just one point above Naestved, who are just below the surface in the drop zone.
With the two teams fighting for their survival, both coaches know they are facing a vital six-pointer, with a loss sure to see either team blow surface at the end of the round of games.
Viborg have a healthy squad available for the game, and will see the return of Jeff Mensah who missed the weekend's game due to card suspension.
The hosts will likely be without injured defender Morten Roholte for the encounter.
Both Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe are out for extended periods with injuries and will miss Aalborg's crucial six-pointer on Saturday against struggling Randers FC.
Jamel Johnson is will likely not be included in Fyn's first-team squad when they host FC Fredericia on Sunday.