BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Monday, September 3, 2012
Brian Edwards and Degerfors will look to stay out of the drop zone while Hammarby will need a win to stay in the promotion picture.
Degerfors IF - Falkenberg FF
Brian Edwards will likely line up in net for Degerfors when they host Falkenberg Monday. The teams are level on points at 24 a piece, only one point above Assyriska at the top of the drop zone.
Edwards will be looking to put forth a better performance this week than the last time these two sides met. Edwards received a red card in the eighth minute to put his side at an early disadvantage as Falkenberg rolled to a 4-1 win.
Degerfors do have a few injury concerns to worry about this week as leading goal scorer has been missing practice due to an illness and his availability is up in the air. Additionally, Peter Samuelsson is questionable because of an illness while Jesper Karlsson and Daniel Henriksson will miss the match because of injuries.
Falkenberg's situation is much brighter than their opponents, as they will not be missing anyone from their lineup on Monday.
Hammarby IF - Angelholm FF
Baggio Husidic will be the sole American on the field for Hammarby when they take on Angelholm Monday. Gregg Berhalter and the Hammarby front office made the decision to loan 22 year old Billy Schuler to Nacka FF last week.
Hammarby are in sixth place in the Superettan, one position and two points behind Angelholm. Both clubs need a win on Monday to stay in the promotion race, where Angelholm trail Brommapojkarna by nine points for the final spot.
Angelholm are dealing with a number of exclusions from their squad. Matt Pyzdrowski, their first choice American goalie is likely out for the rest of the year due to concussion issues, while Heidar Juliusson, Andreas Karlsson and Tobias Johansson are also missing due to injuries. On top of that, Omid Nazari has been called up by Iran for their World Cup Qualifying match and Albin Nilsson is with Sweden's U-20 team.
It looks as though Hammarby will still be missing Andreas Dahl and Fadi Malke. Both players have been working their way back from long term injuries, but they don't appear to be quite ready.