DAVID SMITH - Friday, November 12, 2010
Michael Parkhurst will hope to regain his spot in Nordsjaelland's starting lineup when they host Lyngby while Benny Feilhaber and Babajide Ogunbiyi face off as Aarhus hosts Viborg.
FC Nordsjaelland - Lyngby BK
After being absent from the starting lineup for the Wild Tigers' previous two league games, Michael Parkhurst will hope to take the field on Sunday when they try to get a hold on their season against visiting Lyngby.
Parkhurst played the full 90 minutes on Thursday evening for coach Morten Wieghorst as Nordsjaelland fought their way to the semifinal of the Danish Cup with a 1-0 victory over Horsens, and the strong overall defensive performance by the team after several straight letdowns in league play could tip his hand to keep the same lineup on the field on Sunday.
The team has struggled mightily over the last few weeks in picking up just two points from their previous five league games, and are in a major threat of falling into the drop zone should they fail to win against their visitors.
Wieghorst will have the advantage of a full squad as all players have returned to health in recent weeks, and could need all tools at his disposal to deal with a surprising Lyngby squad that has exceeded expectations after their promotion to the top flight.
For their part, Lyngby were knocked out of the Danish Cup on Thursday by the Wild Tigers' future semifinal opponent Randers, but have put together a respectable season so far, currently occupying fifth place with nearly half of their schedule played.
The visitors also have few injury problems, and will just be without midfielder Emil Larsen.
AGF Aarhus - Viborg FF
Following their disappointing exit from the Danish Cup in the midweek, Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will focus solely on their push towards promotion when they get a visit from Babajide Ogunbiyi and struggling Viborg on Sunday.
Aarhus were sent packing by top-flight team Midtjylland, however in losing by just a single goal and keeping the game tight throughout, they proved their credentials as a team belonging in the Superligaen.
They will continue their push towards promotion back into Denmark's highest level on Sunday, hosting Ogunbiyi and a still struggling Viborg team that has yet to fulfill their potential after a slow start.
With nearly half of the season's games done, Viborg are in 13th place just above the relegation zone. While few would consider them as candidates for the drop, their early-season hopes of also fighting for a top-two finish look all but dashed, with the team hoping to just build momentum heading into the long winter break.
Aarhus will be missing defender Jens Gjesing for the long haul as he recovers from an ACL tear, while Viborg are reporting no absences.
Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy are both out for extended periods with injuries and will not play any part when Aalborg visit second-place Midtjylland on Saturday afternoon.
Jamel Johnson is not expected to suit up for Fyn when they host Roskilde on Sunday.