DAVID SMITH - Friday, August 10, 2012
Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE look to get over their first loss of the season when they visit weakened Brøndby while Charlie Davies and Randers should return to their winning ways against Esbjerg.
FC Nordsjaelland - Silkeborg IF
Michael Parkhurst will be in the Nordsjaelland starting lineup on Saturday when the team hosts Silkeborg IF.
The Wild Tigers have had troubles gaining momentum so far this season, with a pair of draws being the only positive results in the three games since their opening-day win over Horsens.
A reeling Silkeborg team that has lost three straight headed into Saturday's contest could be exactly what the doctor ordered, and they will undoubtedly go all-out on the attack in order to pick up the three points.
New striker Joshua John was the hero of Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw last weekend against Aalborg, the Dutchman earning the point with a last-minute strike, and he will definitely provide the most dangerous point of attack against a Silkeborg team which has struggled on both ends of the field.
Morten Nordstrand is the only question mark for Nordsjaelland as he recovers from a concussion from earlier in the season.
Martin Svensson is likely to miss the game for Silkeborg.
Brøndby IF - SønderjyskE
After suffering their first loss of the season on Monday night, Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE will look to recover on Sunday when they visit Brøndby IF.
Brøndby's season-long troubles will not be helped by the absence of starting central defender and team captain Clarence Goodson, who is serving a one-game suspension due to yellow card accumulation.
SønderjyskE struggled but still showed occasional signs of life on Monday in their 2-0 shut out at home to AC Horsens, and will be hoping that the visit to Brøndby - who have lost three of their four games this season - will help them to immediately regain whatever momentum was lost.
Even with the loss, they are still in second place in the standings, three points behind Copenhagen, although with three teams trailing only by way of goal differential, they have little room for error.
Brøndby's momentary glimmer of hope from their lone victory of the season two weeks ago has quickly faded, with last weekend's 3-1 loss to Aarhus reminding the team that they are still drifting along a rather fetid tributary without any means to row to safety.
Aside from Goodson's absence, Brøndby should have a full squad for the game.
Randers FC - Esbjerg fB
Charlie Davies and Randers will try to pile onto Esbjerg's misery when they host the winless last-place team on Monday evening.
After winning a pair on the bounce, Randers were temporarily brought back down to earth thanks to last weekend's 2-1 loss to Midtjylland.
They should be confident of putting themselves back into the winners' column on Monday as they are facing a team that is already looking dead in the water only three games into the season.
Esbjerg have found their return to the Superliga a tough one, with their only point coming in the second week of the season in a stale, scoreless draw against Aarhus.
While avoiding any serious blow-outs through their first four games, they have shown little sign that they have the firepower and staying-power needed to keep their top-flight status.
Randers could still be without midfielder Elmar Bjarnason and Oliver Feldballe, who are both recovering from injuries.
Esbjerg will likely continue to be without midfielder Jerry Lucena and forward Njogu Demba-Nyrén, both of whom are still recovering from knee injuries.
FC Hjørring - HB Køge
Shawn Nicklaw and Køge are still looking for their first win of the season, and will do their best to take the full points when the head north to face FC Hjørring on Sunday.
Brad Rusin has missed the last two games for Køge with injury and is questionable to feature, while Hjørring defender Mike Jones is an unlikely participant.
Køge have struggled to get the job done in their first three games, drawing all three in disappointing fashion.
Their most recent came in midweek action, where a late strike from Anders Kaagh salvaged them a point against AB Copenhagen.
Their opponents Hjørring have been highly inconsistent so far in their first three games, looking strong in a weekend win over Hobro, then helpless in their midweek loss to Lyngby.
In addition to Rusin, Thobias Ndungo is still expected to be out, although midfielder Marcel Rømer and forward Bo Storm could return after missing Wednesday's game.
Hjørring are not reporting any absences to their available squad.