MEGHAN BRENNAN - Friday, October 29, 2010
A win for Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson will push Start close to a possible Europa League berth while Graham Dugoni returns for Mjondalen in a clash with Norwegian Cup finalists Follo.
ODD Grenland - Start
The Eliteserien's sixth and seventh placed teams battle it out in the second to last game of the regular season as Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson of Start take on ODD Grenland Sunday at Skagerk Stadion.
Goodson will start at center back while Freeman is a question mark.
A knee injury sidelined Freeman for the last two games and it is undetermined whether he will be available to play Sunday.
With the exception of Freeman, the rest of Knut Tørum's squad is healthy and ready for the game.
There are no current injury reports from the ODD Grenland camp.
Stabæk - Sandefjord
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk hope to break their two game losing streak when they host last-placed Sandefjord Sunday at Telenor Arean.
Diskerud will start at right midfield for Jan Jonsson, whom will step down as head coach following the end of the 2010 season.
Except for striker Daniel Nannskog, Jonsson has a full line-up available for the game.
On the opposite end of the field, Rune Hansen is struggling with groin problems and sat out last weekends match against Haugesund.
He is a question mark for Sunday.
Follo - Mjøndalen
Graham Dugoni is expected to return for the first time since his early exit in the round 27 victory over Tromsdalen, as Mjøndalen take on Follo at Ski Stadion.
Dugoni, should he be fulled recovered from his knee injury, will start at center back for the 1. Division's 10th placed team.
The hosts who are fighting relegation are in dire need of a win if they wish to remain in the 1. Division.
Ironically, Follo are the only Norwegian team this season who can claim to have beaten Eliteserien champions Rosenborg when they surprisngly downed the pride of Trondheim in the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup.
Follo will play in next month's Norwegian Cup final with a possible berth in the Europa League at stake, even though their fate is likely sealed for relegation to the 2. Division.
Both teams have full squad available for the match Sunday.
Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen are likely to watch from the sideline as Hønefoss takes on Vålerenga at home Sunday.
Collin Burns too will watch as the reserve keeper when 1. Division Saprsborg faces Sandnes Ulf Sunday.
Keeper Joe Bednik and Sogndal have the weekend off.