DAVID SMITH - Saturday, October 29, 2011
Steve Clark and Hønefoss will try to grab the Adeccoligaen title in their final game of the season while injured Josh Gatt could see his team clinch the title when Molde host Strømsgodset.
Sogndal IL - Stabaek IF
With three games left in the season, Stabaek are out of contention for either Europe or relegation, and are simply playing for pride when they visit Sogndal IL on Sunday.
Sogdnal backup keeper Joseph Bendik will watch from the bench for his team.
Stabaek came out 2-0 losers in their Thursday-night trip to Aalesunds, a result which continued their cold streak at the end of the season.
As recently as mid-August they were still potentially in the title race, sitting in fourth place with just a six-point gap behind leaders Molde with more than one-third of their games left to play, but an awful run over the last two months where they were only able to turn out a single victory saw them fall quickly off the pace.
While an improvement over their final three games will do little for their position, it could provide a positive departing note for their star midfielder Diskerud, who is widely expected to be leaving the club for greener pastures in the winte transfer window.
Their opponents Sogndal still have more than just pride to fight for, as they are just two points out of the relegation zone, and need a victory to secure their spot in the division for next season.
Neither team is reporting any injuries or suspensions at this time.
Løv-Ham - Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen enter Sunday's game at Løv-Ham knowing that a victory could very well propel Hønefoss to the league title.
Through an unbeaten run which stretches all the way back to early-August, Hønefoss have already wrapped up their return to the Tippeligaen heading into their final game, but are in a perfect position to overtake leaders Sandnes Ulf with a victory.
Ulf are facing a surely-tough visit to Bodø/Glimt, and with Hønefoss holding an advantage on goal differential, a slip by the current leaders combined with a win by Clark and his crew would give them the league trophy.
Fulfilling their part of the equation should be relatively straightforward as last-place Løv-Ham have only four wins through the entire season and are mired in a seven-game losing streak.
They were most recently destroyed by a 6-0 margin on their trip to Sandnes Ulf, and are surely just waiting for their dismal season to end so they can prepare for life in the Second Division.
Neither team is reporting any injuries or suspensions.
Mjøndalen IF - Ranheim IL
Kyle Helton should be in the Mjøndalen starting lineup on Sunday when they close their season with a tough test from visiting Ranheim.
An up-and-down season has left Mjøndalen looked set for a finish just below the middle of the standings, with a lack of consistency having been the major detriment to their ability to attain a better finish.
Helton has steadily risen through the ranks to establish himself as a regular starter in the team's midfield, and should once again be on the field from the get-go on Sunday.
The team's 3-0 loss last weekend to Hønefoss ended up being the result which finalized the promotion race, and with both Mjøndalen and Ranheim having only pride to play for they will look to head into the long winter break on a high note.
Mjøndalen are without defender Marcus Boldt to a pulled muscle and long-term injury Rhett Bernstein who is recovering from ACL surgery. Ranheim are not reporting any absences to their squad.
Josh Gatt will watch from the stands on Sunday when Molde host eighth-place Strømsgodset after suffering a hamstring injury several weeks back. A win will secure the title for them, while a draw could also be enough depending on the result of Rosenborg's home game against Brann.
After watching Ham-Kam blow their chance at promotion from the bench, Jonathan Borrajo will hope to be fit enough to return to the starting lineup on Sunday when they visit IL Hødd.
Colin Burns will watch from the bench as Sandefjord's backup keeper on Sunday when they host Asker.