DAVID SMITH - Friday, November 26, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland will look to stay out of relegation threat on Sunday when they host SønderjyskE.
FC Nordsjaelland - SønderjyskE
The Wild Tigers put on a solid performance in their last outing against city rivals Copenhagen, however were still forced to head home empty-handed after a series of defensive lapses handed their opponents a pair of early goals.
The loss left them teetering on the edge of the drop zone, with just a two-point cushion separating them from the bottom two with just a pair of games left before the long winter break.
With their Sunday opponents SønderjyskE sitting just two points and two places ahead of them in the standings, the game is shaping up to be a crucial six-pointer as the group of teams occupying the packed lower half of the standings all look to secure their place before the long three-month winter layoff.
The threat of heavy snow has forced league officials to move the game from their home stadium of Farum to their rivals Copenhagen's Parken, giving them the chance to atone for last week's blunders on the very same field.
A win could take Nordsjaelland as high as eighth place, however a slip could see the team jumped by the two teams below them, with an undesired spot in the league cellar looming.
Should they carry over their strong play from one week before and avoid further gaffes in front of their own goal, a win could be in the cards against a SønderjyskE team which has struggled for points in recent weeks, with just one from their last four games.
Their defensive record has been particularly bad in their last two outings, with both Copenhagen and Horsens each managing to find the net three times.
Nordsjaelland are reporting no injuries or suspensions for the game, while SønderjyskE will be without midfielder Olafur Ingi Skulason who must sit after picking up a straight red in the team's previous outing.
Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy are both injured through the end of 2010 and will miss Aalborg's visit on Monday evening to AC Horsens.