MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, August 10, 2012
Chad Barrett should make his second appearance for Vålerenga, while Steve Clark and Hønefoss need a crucial three points to stay in contention for a European spot.
Vålerenga Oslo - Odd Grenland Skien
Chad Barrett hopes to make a better impression his second time around, as Vålerenga host Grenland Friday.
The American forward should be in the lineup, having played 56 minutes in his debut last Friday. He made an ineffectual impact, though Barrett had only arrived in Norway days before.
Vålerenga needs to pick up some points against 12th place Grenland in order to force itself back into the European discussion. Vålerenga, though, is winless in its last home games.
Vålerenga will be without Fegor Ogude because of a broken leg, while Yssouf Kone is still returning to game-condition after missing much of the season so far.
Lars-Kristian Eriksen is doubtful for Odd Grenland.
Lillestrøm SK - Hønefoss BK
Hønefoss rides a three-game unbeaten streak into Lillestrøm Sunday.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark should start for Hønefoss in net, like he has done all season. Forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen, meanwhile, should make the bench.
Following a tie against league-leading Strømsgodset, Hønefoss sits in fifth place, five points behind Rosenborg for the final European spot.
Hønefoss isn't the only team coming into the game hot. Lillestrøm is riding a five-game unbeaten streak, including ties against Molde and Rosenborg.
Hønefoss is not reporting any injuries at this time. Lillestrøm could be without Fredrik Stoor and Fredrik Gulbrandsen.
Stabæk IF - Sandnes Ulf
Stabæk's sorry season continues against Sandnes Ulf.
American defender Sean Cunningham should start once again defense for Stabæk, the leakiest defense in Norway.
Both teams come into the game struggling. Stabæk has lost six in a row, while Sandnes Ulf has lost their last four.
Stabæk will be without forward Franck Boli because of yellow card accumulation. Sandnes Ulf could be without Edier Frejd, Andreas Westlye, Anel Raskaj and Vegard Aanestad.
FK Bodø/Glimt - Bærum SK
Bærum hope to end its tendency for late-game collapses against Bodø/Glimt. American defender Sebastian Troupe should start in the backline for Bærum.
During the team's recent three-game losing streak, Bærum took leads in two games, only to squander them later. This has been a theme all season- the team collapsing in the second half.
Bodø/Glimt will not go down easy, as the team hopes to end its run of four ties in a row.
Neither team is reporting injuries at this time.
American winger Josh Gatt is questionable for Molde's game against Aalesund, as he continues to recover from a strained hamstring.
Midfielder Mikkel Diskerud could make his Rosenborg debut on Sunday, as the team plays Sogndal.
Mjøndalen's American defender duo of Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton are questionabl for Friday's game at Sandefjord.