DAVID SMITH - Saturday, April 21, 2012
Clarence Goodson and Brøndby will look to get past last weekend's disappointing loss while SønderjyskE and Køge square off, with Conor O'Brien likely to continue his starting role.
Brøndby IF - FC Midtjylland
Clarence Goodson will be in the starting eleven for Brøndby on Sunday, as they welcome fourth-place Midtjylland, looking to end their three-game slide.
An strong run through March effectively pulled Brøndby clear of any danger of dropping to the 1. Division at the end of the season, however they have cooled off in April, and their once thin shot at qualifying for Europe now seems a thing of the past.
A 2-0 loss against a surprisingly strong Horsens team last weekend was their third straight without taking the full three points, and preventing the run from reaching four will be a tough ask against a Midtjylland squad which is still harboring vague notions of Champions League qualification.
The Wolves have owned the season series so far, winning two from two, and will be gunning to build on last weekend's shut-out win over Odense to bring themselves back into the picture for second place.
The only reported absence for either team is Midtjylland winger Danny Olsen, who is out due to yellow card suspension.
SønderjyskE - HB Køge
Conor O'Brien and Brad Rusin will both be in uniform for their respective teams as SønderjyskE and Køge try to avert their attention temporarily from their ongoing Danish Cup semifinal pressures.
Recent SønderjyskE standout O'Brien should maintain his spot in the starting lineup for the hosts while Rusin will hope to see substitute action for last-place Køge.
With both teams having very little left in the league to play for other than pride, both head coaches could have a tough time shifting their players' focus from still very open Danish Cup semifinal series to the task at hand on Sunday.
SønderjyskE need only to make up a 1-0 disadvantage at home to a hardly invincible Copenhagen team in Wednesday's return leg, while Køge come into their semifinal second leg at Horsens having fought to a 2-2 draw in their first leg at home.
With Køge winless in their last four league contests and SønderjyskE unbeaten over the same period, the advantage will lie with the hosts, who have scored a win and a draw so far in the two previous meetings this season.
SønderjyskE are not reporting any injuries or suspensions. Nicolaj Madsen, Anders Nielsen and Ronnie Bendtsen are injured for Køge while Adeola Laure Runsewe is out on suspension.
Michael Parkhurst is recovering from a toe injury and will not suit up for Nordsjaelland on Saturday when they visit Aalborg. Chris Rolfe is no longer a part of Aalborg's squad as he returned to MLS club Chicago Fire earlier in the week.
Babajide Ogunbiyi was on the bench on Friday for Viborg's 2-2 draw on the road with Vejle BK Kolding. The result leaves them four points out of the promotion spots, although with 12 games still left to play.