DAVID SMITH - Friday, April 29, 2011
Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgardens IF will look to escape the Allsvenskan basement while Matt Pyzdrowski and Ängelholms FF will do their best to hold on to the Superettan top spot.
Trelleborgs FF - Djurgardens IF
After Sunday's embarrassing home loss to IFK Norrköping left them still without a win after five games, Djurgardens IF and central defender Gale Agbossoumonde will look to their trip to struggling Trelleborgs to provide some relief.
The American was removed midway through the second half of the 3-1 loss on Sunday after a poor performance, and whether he is back in the starting eleven will depend on whether co-head coaches Lennart Wass and Carlos Banda are willing to give the young project yet another chance to prove himself.
The Blue Stripes are now bringing up the rear of the Allsvenskan standings with just one point from five games, and anything short of a win will guarantee that they remain in the bottom three at the end of this sixth round of games.
Their opponents Trelleborgs have barely fared better through their first five with just four points to their name, however have improved their play after opening the season with three straight losses, racking up a win and draw in their last two.
Djurgarden have a number of players out, with forwards Mattias Jonson and Johan Oremo, defender Yosif Ayub and midfielder Trimi Makolli all set to miss the game. In addition, forward Christer Youssef and midfielder and Prince Ikpe Ekong are doubtful for the contest.
Trelleborgs will be without forward Kristian Haynes who missed their previous game with an injury.
AIK Solna - Örebro SK
Alejandro Bedoya will look to aid Örebro's climb through the standings on Monday evening when they take on downstairs neighbors AIK Solna.
A total of four points in their last two contests has left Örebro up to fifth in the standings, and they will be hoping to push into the top three of the Allsvenskan with a win at the team directly behind them.
They narrowly missed taking all three points against league leaders Helsingborgs in their last outing, a result which would have left them in a three-way tie for second place.
AIK are still one of the two undefeated teams remaining in the Swedish top flight with two wins and two draws, but have been in the headlines in the last few days for their involvement in an incident which has marred the early part of the Allsvenskan season.
With AIK's previous opponents Syrianska FC leading at home by one goal 20 minutes into the match, referees were forced to call off the game after one of the assistants was struck by a small firework from the crowd, citing safety concerns in the stadium.
As videos in the aftermath have shown that the object were likely thrown from the AIK visiting section, this could result in a replay or even forfeiture of the three points.
Örebro will have a full squad available while AIK will be missing suspended forward Ibrahim Bangura.
Degerfors IF - Assyriska Föreningen
Brian Edwards will be in goal for Degerfors on Monday when they take the field against Assyriska Föreningen in an early battle for the top of the Superettan standings.
Degerfors have had a surprisingly strong start to the season, with two wins against a draw putting them in a two-team tie for second place. The other half of the equation is their imminent opponent Assyriska Föreningen, who are technically trailing purely by total number of goals scored.
Having notched up a 2-1 road win on their last outing as opposed to Assyriska's draw at home, Edwards and his teammates could have a slight advantage, but will need to be persistent against the league's best defense so far this season should they hope to keep their standing.
Both teams have full squads available for the game.
GIF Sundsvall - Ljungskile SK
Nick Noble and Michael Thomas should both be in Ljungskile's starting lineup on Monday when they go for a third straight win on their trip to GIF Sundsvall.
Thomas was the main factor in Ljungskile's 4-1 thrashing of Hammarby last weekend, notching a goal and assist on the way to the team's second straight win.
Noble had a fairly quiet day in goal as the game was mostly one-way traffic, and will hope his defense - with which he has combined to allowed just two goals over three games - can keep Sundsvall at bay.
Neither team is reporting any injuries or suspensions heading into the match.
Ängelholms FF - Qviding FIF
Matt Pyzdrowski and Ängelholms FF will look to defend their place at the top of the Superettan standings on Monday when they host heavily struggling Qviding FIF.
The team has started the season with a trio of strong wins, and are in the unique position of looking down at the rest of the division after narrowly avoiding a relegation fight last season.
Illinois native Pyzdrowski has established himself as the team's starting keeper in their hot start, wit the defense allowing their opponents just over one per game.
Qviding are languishing at the opposite end of the spectrum after just getting promoted to the division, with just one point through three games and a paltry league's worst total of one goal scored.
Both teams should have full squads available for the game.
Halmstads BK defender Ryan Miller will hope to see substitute minutes on Monday when the team visits Gefle IF.
Sam Petrone wil watch from the bench on Saturday when Mjällby AIF hit the road to take on second-place IFK Norrköping.