MATHEW WAGNER - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Josh Gatt and Molde look to continue their momentum against Fredrikstad, while Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss hope to end their recent losing streak against Rosenborg.
Molde FK - Fredrikstad FK
After two wins in a row for the first time in 2012, things seem brighter for reigning champion Molde going into Wednesday's game against Fredrikstad.
American winger Josh Gatt should start for Molde. He played the full 90 minutes in Saturday's 5-0 win over Stabæk, the first time he's accomplished that in over a month.
Molde had won or lost every other game until this two-game winning streak, and with the wins, the team has shot up to third in the standings.
Fredrikstad, meanwhile, is in disarray. The team's coach, Tom Freddy Aune, quit after a disappointing start to the 2012 season. Fredrikstad sits in 14th place with six points, only two above the drop zone.
Trond Amundsen will be taking over coaching duties for Fredrikstad.
Molde will be without Børre Stenslid and Emmanuel Ekpo because of long-term injuries. Fredrikstad will be without Jørgen Horn, Thomas Holm, Hans Erik Ramberg and Kevin Duré due to injury and Khalifa Jabbie due to yellow card accumulation.
Rosenborg Trondheim - Hønefoss BK
Hønefoss heads to the origins of a Norwegian tradition when it takes on first place Rosenborg.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark should start for Hønefoss, while striker Kenneth di Vita Jensen will look to make the lineup.
It is a Norwegian tradition that the highest attendance at a game occurs on May 16th. That tradition started in 1981 in Rosenborg, when its match against Fredrikstad was moved a month later to May 16th because of snow. The game was highly attended, with 17,000 spectators going to the stadium.
Since then, Rosenborg plays at home every year on May 16th.
Hønefoss will look to spoil it, however, as the team needs to break a two-game losing streak in the league. With its 4-1 loss over the weekend to Odd Grenland, Hønefoss sits in 12th place.
Hønefoss is not reporting any injuries.
Rosenborg will be without John Chibuike, Per Verner Rønning, Markus Henriksen and Petter Ankersen because of injury, Rade Prica because he picked up a red card in the team's last match and Mohammed-Awal Issah because of yellow card accumulation.
Bryne FK - Bærum SK
Bærum still searches for its first Adeccoligaen win when the team travels to Bryne.
American defender Sebastian Troupe should start for Bærum once again.
After tying its first two games, Bærum has been unable to find its rhythm in league play. It lost two games, while two have been postponed due to weather and stadium construction.
That being said, Bryne could be just what Bærum needs to get a win. Bryne rides a five-game winless streak coming into the game and currently sits in 14th place.
Bærum will be without Thomas Finstad due to injury and Terje Sanne due to a red card he received in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Tromsdalen. Bryne will be without Tommy Eide Møster, Kim Nyborg, Henning Romslo and Esben Ertzeid.
American defenders Kyle Helton and Rhett Bernstein should start for Mjøndalen when the team faces Sarpsborg 08.
Stabæk's game against Vålerenga is postponed because of the death of Tor-Marius Gromstad, meaning Americans Sean Cunningham and Ricardo Clark will not be playing.