DAVID SMITH - Thursday, June 2, 2011
The Adeccoligaen continues play through the international break, as Steve Clark and Hønefoss try to break their four game winless streak and Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam look for a third straight win.
Bryne FK - Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark and Hønefoss pay a visit to first-place Bryne on Sunday, desperately needing a win to pull them out of their alarming downturn that has left them on the edge of the relegation zone.
A disappointing 2-1 loss last weekend to Strømmen left Hønefoss with a paltry total of one point from their last four games, a run which has seen them sink closer to the bottom of the standings.
They are currently out of the drop zone only on goal differential, and need to show some signs of life against the league leaders or they could be in for a long summer.
Fortunately for Clark and his teammates, the gap between the two ends of the standings is remarkably small after eight games played, with just six points separating them from first-place Bryne.
This could give them the chance to jump into the upper half of the standings with a win, and they will be given some hope by their opponents' 3-0 loss in their previous outing - the first game they have dropped so far in the season.
Neither team is reporting any injuries or suspensions.
Ham-Kam - Nybergsund IL
Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam will try to continue their turnaround on Sunday when they host tenth-place Nybergsund IL.
Ham-Kam put on their most impressive display of the season one week ago, blowing past Alta with a five-goal explosion that left their hosts utterly bewildered.
The win was their second straight, and was enough to pull them free of the drop zone, even if only by goal differential.
After putting together a nice streak of three wins out of four, their opponents Nybergsund have slipped in their last two games, taking just one point thanks to last weekend's draw at Asker.
Ham-Kam have a full squad for the game while Nybergsund will be missing midfielder Damion Williams, who is on national team duty with Jamaica in the Gold Cup.
Ranheim IL - Mjøndalen IF
Kyle Helton will look to continue getting substantial minutes off of Mjøndalen's bench when the team visits second-place Ranheim IL on Sunday.
The team struggled to catch any attacking rhythm in their scoreless deadlock with Løv-Ham in their previous game, and was their troubling third straight without a win after having put together an impressive start to the season.
They are currently in sixth place, although trailing the league lead by only a single point in what is a tightly packed group of teams throughout the standings.
They can directly knock down one of their direct competitors just above them in the standings should they manage a win at Ranheim, who have typified the lack any clear-cut favorites in the division.
Even though they are in second place, Ranheim have done so in entirely unimpressive fashion, winning just three of eight while drawing even on five occasions.
Mjøndalen are also without defender Daniel H Reinoso with a knee injury and keeper Anders Larsen who is out until june with an elbow injury, along with American Rhett Bernstein who is out for the season with an ACL injury.
Ranheim are reporting no absences to the squad.
Colin Burns will be on Sandefjord's bench on Sunday when the team hits the road to take on Sandnes Ulf.