MATHEW WAGNER - Saturday, April 28, 2012
Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss will take their unbeaten record to Tromsø, while Sean Cunningham and Stabæk will look to end their four-game losing streak.
Tromsø IL - Hønefoss BK
Hønefoss travels to second-place Tromsø Saturday, in a game that could see very few goals.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark will start for Hønefoss, while forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen should be on the bench.
Neither team has allowed too many goals, with only two getting past Clark and with Tromsø only giving up four. Neither team has recorded too many goals either, as Hønefoss has scored six goals and Tromsø has scored seven through five games.
Tromsø comes into the match after its first loss of the season, 3-0 to league-leaders Rosenborg on Sunday, and is hoping to put the result behind them.
Tromsø will be without forward Mohammed Ahamed but will have defender Saliou Ciss and midfielder Sergine Kara Mbodji back. Hønefoss will be without defender Vegard Gjermundstad and midfielder Leo Olson, while defender Arnor Adalsteinsson will be a game-time decision.
Stabæk IF - Odd Grenland Skien
Although things couldn't have started worse for Stabæk to open the season, its players will be looking to turn it around against Odd Grenland Saturday.
American defender Sean Cunningham should start for Stabæk, but midfielder Ricardo Clark will be out because of yellow card accumulation.
Coming into Saturday's home game against Odd Grenland, Stabæk is riding a four-game losing streak and sits in last place. The team's -10 goal differential is last by over double the second-worst in the league.
The team with the second-worst goal differential is Odd Grenland, who has only scored four goals this season.
Stabæk will be without Clark and defender Tor-Marius Gromstad, who received a red card late in Sunday's 2-1 loss at Sandnes Ulf, while Odd Grenland will be without defender Fredrik Semb and midfielder Magnus Lekven.
Sogndal IL - Molde FK
Josh Gatt could make his return to the lineup when Molde travels to Sogndal.
The American winger has missed the last two games because of a muscle strain but will hope to end Molde's dreary away record.
Molde has yet to pick up a point away from home, although the defending champions have been unstoppable at home.
Luckily for Molde, Sogndal has struggled to secure points at home, recording only two points. The team has scored only one goal at home so far.
Molde will be without defender Børre Steenslid, while both Gatt and midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem are questionable.
Sogndal will be without Per Egil Flo and Jasmin Mecimovic.
Bærum SK - Ullensaker/Kisa IL
After two entertaining ties to start life in the Adeccoligaen, Norway's second division, Bærum is hoping to record its first win Saturday against Ullensaker/Kisa.
American defender Sebastian Troupe should start at leftback for Bærum.
Despite scoring three goals in each of the team's first two matches, Bærum has only recorded two points, leaving it in 14th place, albeit having played one game less than the rest of the league.
Third-place Ullensaker/Kisa comes into town after dropping five goals in a drubbing of Mjøndalen Sunday.
Bærum will be without defenders Thomas Jensen and Morten Ruud Irgens. Ullensaker/Kisa will be without forward Daniel Moen Hansen and goalkeeper Alexander Vangen.
American defenders Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton should start for Mjøndalen when it faces Bryne Saturday.