MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, March 30, 2012
Josh Gatt and Molde will look to continue their title defense against Haugesund, while Ricardo Clark's and Sean Cunningham's Stabæk face another club in dire financial straits when it travels to Fredrikstad.
Haugesund - Molde
Molde will have revenge on its mind when the team travels to Haugesund Sunday night.
American winger Josh Gatt should start out wide for Molde.
Last season, Haugesund crushed Molde at home 5-0, their worst loss last season. Following the loss, Molde went on to win three games in a row before claiming the Tippeligaen title in the fall.
Molde got off to a good start in its title defense last weekend, winning its opening match 2-1 over Strømsgodset. Gatt contributed with the winning goal in the 70th minute.
Haugesund lost its opening match 2-1 at Vålerenga, after frustratingly giving up two goals in the final six minutes of regulation.
Molde is not reporting any injuries, while Haugesund will be without center back Martin Bjørnbak, who received a red card last week.
Sogndal - Hønefoss
After spending only one year in the Tippeligaen their last time around in 2010, recently-promoted Hønefoss is looking to survive in their return to the Norwegian top flight, as it plays Sogndal Sunday night.
American goalkeeper Steven Clark and American forward Kenneth Di Vita Jensen should start for Hønefoss.
Last time out, Clark recorded the shutout and Di Vita Jensen played 75 minutes in a 0-0 tie against Lillestrøm. Meanwhile, Sogndal put four past Odd Grenland in its last match.
Neither team is reporting any injuries.
Fredrikstad - Stabæk
Stabæk fans will see a familiar face in Jon Knudsen when two financially-strapped clubs face-off on Sunday. Knudsen played 12 years for Stabæk before leaving in the fall due to the club's financial difficulties.
American loanees Ricardo Clark and Sean Cunningham should start for Stabæk at central midfielder and center defender, respectively.
Cunningham received his first ever Tippeligaen action last week, while Clark played in his first Norwegian match after being loaned from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Stabæk earned a point in its first match against Aalesund, while Fredrikstad lost its first match 1-0.