DAVID SMITH - Friday, October 7, 2011
Amidst several Adeccoligaen postponements, Jonathan Borrajo and Kyle Helton will be the only Americans in action as Ham-Kam hosts Mjøndalen in a game important to their promotion hopes.
Ham-Kam - Mjøndalen IF
Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam are in prime position to achieve their goal of promotion to the Tippeligaen, but need to take a victory at home against Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen to hold off the pair of teams just below ready to steal their spot.
Ham-Kam's late push has given them a narrow one-point lead over third place Sandefjord and a two-point advantage over Hønefoss, a still highly precarious position that will likely require them to avoid any unnecessary slip-ups over the final few weeks of the season.
Realistically, they still have chance to overtake Sandnes Ulf at the top of the standings for the division championship, although their main focus must simply be on keeping hold of either of the league's top two spots.
They are facing a Mjøndalen team which had been on-fire since mid-August in surging to a six-game unbeaten run, but has cooled off in their last two games, giving up a troublesome total of six goals in a loss and draw.
Realistically, they are in no danger of dropping into the bottom four relegation places, however will be keen to ruin the party for their hosts, who were responsible for a 3-1 beat-down on their home field back in mid-June.
For Ham-Kam, defender Vegar Bjerke is likely still out with a foot injury, and fellow defender Truls Jevne Hagens is questionable as he recovers from a leg problem.
Mjøndalen have a pair of players absent; American defender Rhett Bernstein is out for the rest of the season recovering from an ACL tear and fellow defender Marius Boldt is still recovering from a pulled muscle.
Steve Clark and Hønefoss have been granted a postponement of their crucial trip to Asker originally scheduled on Sunday, due to the absence of Icelandic players Kristjan Ørn Sigurdsson and Arnor Adalsteinsson due to a Euro 2012 qualifying game in Portugal.
Colin Burns and Sandefjord will have the weekend off after their scheduled trip to Kongsvinger for Sunday was postponed until October 19.