CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Josh Gatt and Molde will look to solidify their hold on the Tippeligaen lead on their trip to Start while Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam need to get back to their winning ways as they host Bodo/Glimt.
IK Start - Molde FK
Molde looks to maintain their lead in the Tippeligaen standings when they travel south to Kristiansand on Thursday evening to face the bottom of the pack.
Josh Gatt will look to build upon his goal-scoring performance last weekend against Vålerenga with a start in coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær's lineup. The Michigan native scored the decisive winner in a 2-1 victory that helped maintain a three-point edge ahead of Tromsø IL.
The only lineup change for Solskjær will be the absence of midfielder Thomas Holm, now on loan to Tromsø IL following only 8 appearances this season.
Following last Sunday's 4-1 loss to Stabæk, and desperately in need of firepower, Start coach Mons Ivar Mjelde brought in Kongsvinger striker Olav Tuelo Johannesen, who scored in this past Sunday's 1-0 win over Løv-Ham, his ninth for the Adecooligaen club.
The meeting in Kristiansand's Sør Arena will be a rematch of June's encounter, in which Molde steamrolled over the visitors, 5-1.
Neither squad is reporting major injury concerns.
Hønnfoss BK - Sandefjord
The Adeccoligaen's third and fourth placed teams clash on Thursday with less than half the season to claim the top two promotion spots.
Keeper Steve Clark can expect to mind the posts as a starter for the 17th time this season with a chance to build on Hønnfoss' four-game winning streak.
The Green and Blacks' most recent exploit was a 4-0 upheaval of Hødd, in which Ivorian Kevin Beugre notched his seventh and eighth of the season.
Sandefjord fired six past Mjøndalen in a shutout last Sunday, their fourth successive win, thanks to a goal from leading-scorer Kenneth Dokken, author of 7 tallies thus far.
Neither squad face major injury woes.
HamKam - Bodø/Glimt
It will be a mid-table battle for sixth and seventh when the Glimt make the long trip from the Arctic Circle to Hamar on Wednesday evening.
Jonathan Borrajo can expect to start in the backline for HamKam coach Vegard Skogheim, as he did in the two clubs' previous meeting in April, a 1-1 spoil-sharing.
Following a nine-game unbeaten streak, the hosts are rebounding from a 4-0 battering at Nybergsund on Sunday, while Bodø have registered 3-0 wins in their past two outings, against Asker and NIL-Trysil.
Joseph Bendik will be on Sogndal's bench on Wednesday when they visit FK Haugesund.
Kyle Helton will hope to see late substitute minutes for Mjondalen on Wednesday as they host Hodd.