BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Saturday, August 18, 2012
Most Americans in Sweden will take the field in the the Svenska Cup but Alejandro Bedoya could make his Helsingborg debut in an important Allsvenskan match against leaders Elfsborg.
IF Elfsborg- Helingborg IF
Alejandro Bedoya could see his first action for his new club as Helsingborg take on Elfsborg in the lone league game taking place in the Alsvenskan this weekend amidst a flurry of Svenska Cup matches.
The match is of great importance as Elfsborg currently top the Allsvenskan with 38 points, but Helsingborg sit in fifth with 31 points and a win would see them jump all the way to third place and a spot in next season Europa League.
Helsingborg are taking a full side to Elfsborg, and may have some decisions who to play and who to rest in the face of Tuesday's Champions League qualifier against Celtic. It is certain a crew of players will miss the match as Loret Sadik,
Mattias Lindstrom, Erik Edman, Erik Wahlstedt and Erlend Hanstvelt have been ruled out due to injuries.
Skuli Jon Fridgersson, Amadou Jawo and Stefan Larsson will all miss the match for Elfsborg as they attempt to increase their edge over the rest of the Allsvenskan.
IK Sirius - Hammarby IF
Gregg Berhalter will bring his team north as Hammarby travel to take on IK Sirius in the second round of the Svenska Cup.
Although a league below Hammarby, as IK Sirius ply their trade in Swedens third division, they certainly figure to be a big test for the Stockholm powers. Sirius are within a point of the promotion playoffs and only two points away from first place in Division one, which would grant them automatic promotion to the Superettan.
Hammarby have struggled mightily of late, winning only once in their last eight matches. After topping the Superettan standings at the beginning of the year, Bajen have plummeted to seventh place, firmly in the middle of the pack and ambitions of promotion have all but vanished.
Baggio Husidic could start in central midfield for Hammarby unless they opt to save him for upcoming Superettan matches while the Cup action could give Billy Schuler his first playing time in weeks.
Neither side are reporting any injuries ahead of the match.
Ronneby BK - Halmstad BK
Ryan Miller and Halmstad will be hosted by Ronneby BK this weekend in their first Svenska Cup draw.
Despite the travel, Ronneby doesn't figure to be much of a challenge for HBK. The fifth tier side are currently in situated in the third divisions relegation zone and they got crushed by Asaraum IF 5-0 last week in front of a whopping crowd of 40 people.
One may think Halmstad would elect to rest some players due to the competition, but they have brought their first choice line up. With Jens Gustaffson choosing his best players, it can be expected to see Miller start at right back as he has every game this season for HBK.
Neither side are reporting any injuries prior to the game.
Selanger FK - Ljungskile SK
Patrick Hopkins and his LSK teammates will be looking to snuff out any hopes ambitious Selanger may have of advancing any further in the Svenska Cup this weekend.
Ljungskile may be walking into a trap this weekend as Selanger are at the top of the Division Two standings this season and they have been particularly difficult to beat at home, as they have won six and only lost one match while compiling a +12 goal differential in those seven home matches.
Hopkins typical partner in central defense Josemar is yet to get on the field after sustaining an injury weeks ago. The Brazilian did make the bench for LSK's last home match however, and the Cup may be his first opportunity to see action since the injury. Selanger aren't reporting any injuries.
Orgyte IS - Degerfors IF
Brian Edwards will be in net when Degerfors travel to take on Orgyte. The American picked up his third yellow of the season last weekend, but his looming suspension applies strcitly to Supperetan, thus he will be eligible for Sunday's Svenska Cup game.
Orgyte are tops in the Swedish Division One, a spot which would see them automatically promoted to the Superettan. Orgyte will be full of confidence heading into the match, having not lost in their last 13 matches. Despite being a league lower than their opponents, the Gothernburg side are actually favored over Degerfors on Sunday.
Despite a difficult schedule over the last month, Degerfors have managed to draw points from each of their last four games. In addition to drawing league leader Osters, The Volcano drew with promotion candidates Halmstad.
Orgyte aren't reporting any injuries while Degerfors look to be missing just striker Nutt Andersson.
Brian Span hopes to make the roster for Djurgardens match against Dalstorps