DAVID SMITH - Saturday, November 26, 2011
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland will try to rebound in Silkeborg from their Danish Cup disappointment while Brad Rusin and Køge face a difficult trip to neighboring FC Copenhagen.
Silkeborg IF - FC Nordsjaelland
Michael Parkhust will get the starting nod in Nordsjaelland's defense on Sunday when they try to extend their impressive run in league play in Silkeborg.
The Wild Tigers finally saw their remarkable run in the Danish Cup come to an end on Thursday with the 2-0 loss at FC Copenhagen, finally putting a stop to a run which included two straight titles.
This will have done little to dampen what is perhaps their most remarkable season to date in league play, where they are currently in second place and even more surprisingly just four points off of the league lead.
They will need to be at the top of their game in Silkeborg Stadium on Sunday, facing off against a team which has gone eight straight in league play without a loss, and is coming into the game with a pair of impressive victories over Aarhus and Midtjylland in their last two games.
The Wild Tigers are missing backup keeper David Jensen to a knee injury and forward Mads Thomsen to a groin problem.
Silkeborg are not reporting any injuries or suspensions.
SønderjyskE - Lyngby BK
Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE will hope that their midweek cup win will be the springboard to end their recent run of poor results in league play as they host Lyngby on Sunday.
While Wednesday's 5-1 smashing of lower division Naesby hardly came as a surprise, it nevertheless was a much-needed result as it came on the heels of a four-game winless run in league play.
While they do look safe from any real danger of dropping into the relegation zone before the winter, SønderjyskE have nevertheless slowly slipped down the standings and are sitting ninth in the 12-team league.
They should be able to take all the points on Sunday against a poor Lyngby team which has struggled for results throughout the season, and are currently looking to be likely candidates for a drop to the second tier.
Aside from suspended Norwegian defender Anders Østli, SønderjyskE have a full squad for the game.
Lyngby are missing defender Frederik Krabbe and forward Uffe Manich Bech, both to injuries.
FC Copenhagen - HB Køge
Brad Rusin and Køge have the odds stacked against them when they make the short drive north to take on local rivals FC Copenhagen.
Køge are coming off one of the few high points in their currently difficult season, having won in their midweek Danish Cup game to reach next spring's semifinal round.
They will need the boost in a last-versus-first battle in the home stadium of FC Copenhagen, who managed to sink four goal in the last meeting between these teams back in early-August.
Copenhagen are also riding a midweek cup victory into Sunday's game, after having dispatched of two-time winners FC Nordsjaelland in a dramatic last-minute 2-0 victory.
For Køge, backup keeper Frederik Due is out through the rest of the year with a leg injury, and striker Fabinho is questionable after missing the midweek game with injury.
Copenhagen are without a pair of forwards, as Dame N'Doye is out on yellow card suspension and Christian Bolaños is struggling with a thigh injury.
Brøndby IF - AC Horsens
Clarence Goodson and his Brøndby teammates will do their best to prove that last weekend's strong performance was no fluke when they host AC Horsens on Monday evening.
Brøndby finally broke free of their long winless streak in style in their last game, taking all the spoils from league leaders Copenhagen last weekend thanks to a late winner by Thomas Rasmussen.
The important result pulled them five points clear of the relegation zone and put a stop to the run which looked to have them aimed for the drop zone heading into the winter break.
While Horsens were able to secure a spot in the semifinal of the Danish Cup with Wednesday's win over second-tier Fredericia, it was only a diversion from their recent run of two straight shut-out losses in league play which has them on the edge of dropping into the lower half of the standings.
Horsens have a trio of players out with defenders Søren Jensen and Mads Agesen along with midfielder Thomas Kortegaard all injured.
Brøndby are not reporting any injuries or suspensions.
Chris Rolfe has been included in Aalborg's squad for their home game against AGF Aarhus on Sunday, however is considered doubtful to play after missing the previous days of practice with a foot injury.