TAHARKA TAYLOR - Saturday, July 2, 2011
Alejandro Beodya returns from international duty as Örebro take on Elfsborg, while Ryan Miller has earned a permanent spot in the Halmstad starting eleven even as the club looks for its first win in nearly two months.
Örebro SK - Elfsborg
Alejandro Bedoya returns to Allsvenskan league play on Sunday as Örebro take on Elfsborg at the Behrn Arena.
Örebro were 2-2-1 without Bedoya who missed the entire month of June helping the US Men's team advance to the Gold Cup finals. Bedoya last took the field for Örebro in the club's 1-0 win over GAIS back on May 29th.
In Bedoya's absence, Örebro both rose to the leagues top four and subsequently dropped back down to eighth place where the club currently stands.
Elfsborg field one of the Allsvenskan's most potent attacks and Bedoya's own offensive spark could be needed to outdo the league's second place team. Despite missing one third of Örebro's season, Bedoya is still tied for the lead with four goals along with forward Valdet Rama.
Neither club are reporting any injuries.
Halmstad BK - AIK
Ryan Miller will start at right back for Halmstad on Sunday as they host AIK at home.
Miller has solidified his starting spot on the back line in recent months after beginning the season as head coach Josep Ruiz's first choice defensive substitute off the bench.
The home side will look to avoid slipping even further behind in the Allsvenskan standings while AIK will look to continue their climb having risen to sixth place after winning three out of their last four league matches.
Just three points separate AIK from second place Elfsborg while Halmstad are seven points behind second-to-last Trelleborg FF.
Both sides have full rosters at their disposal for the match, however it is possible that Halmstad's Raul Ruiz could start on the bench. The forward threw his jersey onto the field in disgust after being substituted in the 38th minute of Halmstad's 2-1 loss to Helsinborg last weekend.
Ängelholm - Ljungskile
Matt Pyzdrowski will start in goal for Ängelholm on Sunday fallowing last weekend's 1 - 0 shutout victory over Hammarby.
Nick Noble will man the net for Ljungskile and Michael Thomas should be in the midfield as the club to rebound from last Monday's 2 -1 loss at the hands of Brommapojkarna.
The two American goalkeepers have been integral parts of their respective team's success this season having earned twelve shutouts between the two of them. Pyzdrowski in particular lead his team on an undefeated run through the month of June that has seen the club rise to second place in the Superettan.
A win on Sunday would carry Ängelholm to the top of the standings with Brian Edwards and Degerfors currently leading by one point but not in action this week.
Ängelholm are without backup central midfielder Johan Blomberg.
Neither club are reporting injuries.
Gale Agbossoumonde will likely start on the bench when Djurgården's five match unbeaten streak comes into jeopardy as the club host Allsvenskan league leaders Helsinborg Monday night.
Samuel Petrone could make the trip to Häcken if he's included on the bench in Mjällby AIF's match day 18.