BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, August 10, 2012
Ryan Miller and Halmstad aim to keep their promotion plans on track while Ryan Hopkins and Ljungskile look for their fourth consecutive shutout.
Angelholm FF - Halmstad BK
Ryan Miller will line up at right back for third place Halmstad when they travel to take on fourth place Angelholm this weekend.
Angelholm currently have 29 points, three behind Halmstad, and could be jumped by fifth place Ljungskile if they fail to win this week.
Halmstad possess the last spot in the promotion playoffs and a win could see them push closer to Brommapojkarna in second place, a spot which would guarantee promotion.
Angelholm's first choice keeper, Illinois native Matt Pyzdrowski, has been forced out of action long term after incurring his third concussion of the season two weeks ago against Trelleborg.
In addition to Pyzdrowski, striker Andreas Karlsson and midfielder Heidar Juliusson will miss the match.
Halmstad will be missing a couple players as well. Midfielder Johan Blomberg picked up his third yellow card last week and will miss this weekends game due to suspension while 18 year old Oliver Silverholt will be left off the substitutes bench to rest this weekend.
Varberg BoIS - Ljungskile SK
Ljungskile travel to face Varberg this weekend as Patrick Hopkins and his teammates continue their improbable promotion push.
Ljungskile have been very hot recently, and Hopkins and his fellow defenders have led the charge as LSK haven't conceded a goal in their last 335 minutes of play.
Currently Ljungskile are in fifth place and a win could see them leapfrog fourth place Angelholm this weekend. LSK are waiting to hear on the health of a few key player's however.
Defender Josemar and striker Kenny Pavey haven't seen action for a few weeks and it's unclear whether or not they will be able to return this weekend.
Varberg, who are currently languishing at 11th place in the Superettan, are not missing any key parts for this weekends match.
Assyriska FF - Hammarby IF
Baggio Husidic has started every game this season in midfield for Hammarby, and this weekend's match against Assyriska figures to be no different.
Hammarby made a wave of signings over the summer which has increased competition for playing time within the club, making it harder on young American striker Billy Schuler to find minutes. The 22 year old made the bench for Hammarby last week, but failed to see any action.
Last week's match against Umea was Hammarby's first win in six matches as the Stockholm side has plummeted to sixth place in the Superettan, but still have a chance to reignite their promotion hopes as they're only six points out from a spot in the promotion playoffs.
Daniel Theorin is out for the rest of the season for Hammarby, but the Bajen faithful are hoping that Swedish international Andreas Dahl will be making his return to his attacking midfield position this week after missing the clubs last seven matches. Additionally, striker Sinan Ayranci will miss the match for Hammarby due to yellow card accumulation.
Assyriska aren't reporting any injuries prior to the match and have no players facing suspension.