MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, September 7, 2012
Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen need three points as they chase the last automatic promotion spot, while Sebastian Troupe and Bærum hope to end its slide against Bryne.
Notodden FK - Mjøndalen IF
Mjøndalen takes its 10-game unbeaten streak on the line when the team travels to Notodden Sunday.
American defender Kyle Helton should start once again for Mjøndalen, while fellow American defender Rhett Bernstein is questionable.
On May 24, Mjøndalen was on the outside looking in when it came to the promotion race in ninth place, but three months later, Mjøndalen sit in fourth place with 36 points and only five points behind Sarpsborg in second place.
Notodden shouldn't be too much for Mjøndalen to handle. Notodden is riding a five-game winless streak and is in 14th place.
Along with Bernstein, Benjamin Stokke and Emil Fossum could miss for Mjøndalen.
Tarjei Dale, Nuno Marquez, Jan Tore Amundsen, Kristian Jahr and Anders Granerud are injured for Notodden.
Bærum SK - Bryne FK
With relegation all but certain, Bærum hopes to finish its one season in the Adeccoligaen strong.
American defender Sebastian Troupe should start in defense for Bærum.
Bærum's coach admitted earlier this week that he doesn't care about the standings, basically admitting that Bærum will return to the Norwegian third tier next season. Not that it's hard to foresee - Bærum is winless in its last seven games and had an eight-game losing streak earlier this year.
Like Bærum, Bryne faces a relegation fight, but Bryne is in a much better position, sitting in 12th place, one point ahead of Hødd in safety.
Long-term injuries to Thomas Finstad and Marius Lundemo will keep them out again for Bærum.
Hødd could be without Kazeem Ahmed, Vegard Heltne and Thomas Lid Kleppe due to injuries.
Villyan Bijev will hope to feature for Start, when the team takes on Tromsdalen Sunday.