PREVIEW: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
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MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg continue to push for the Norwegian title, while Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen can take over the race for second place and automatic promotion against Sarpsborg.

Rosenborg - FK Haugesund

Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg need three points against Haugesund Friday to keep the pressure on the top two in the standings.

Last time out, Brann ended Rosenborg's 13-game unbeaten streak that saw the Norwegian giants rise into third place in the Tippeligaen. Despite this loss, Rosenborg lost only one point on the leader, Molde, and is right in the thick of it.

Unlike Rosenborg, Haugesund doesn't have much to play, sitting safely in seventh place with 34 points. The chance of Haugesund qualifying for Europe is slim, as the team sits nine points behind Rosenborg for the last spot.

Rosenborg's Steffen Iversen is doubtful for the game because of an illness, while Haugesund is not reporting any injuries at this time.

Hønefoss BK - Sogndal IL

Steve Clark will start in net once again for Hønefoss Sunday, as the team looks to end its six-game winless streak.

Although still in relative safety, Hønefoss' recent struggles have seen the team drop into ninth place, only seven points above the drop zone. With seven games to go before season's end, three points would be a welcome sight.

While Hønefoss hasn't fallen into the relegation fight, Sogndal is right in the middle of it. The team is in 14th place, which would mean that Sogndal would play in the promotion playoff come season's end.

Hønefoss will be without leading scorer Riku Riski once more, while Sogndal is not reporting any injuries at this time.

Fredrikstad - Vålerenga

After being left off the starting lineup Monday against Hønefoss, Chad Barrett will look to return to it against Fredrikstad Monday.

The American had either played or started in every game since his loan spell began in Norway, but he didn't see any action in the 3-2 win. It was the team's third win in five games.

Fredrikstad needs points if it wishes to remain in the Tippeligaen. As of now, the team sits in 13th place, the last safety spot, but only one point separates Fredrikstad and Sogndal.

Both teams are not reporting any significant injuries at this time.

Mjøndalen IF - Sarpsborg Sparta

Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen can take control of their promotion destiny against Sarpsborg Sunday.

Mjøndalen's unbeaten run since late June has seen the team climb into second place in the Adeccoligaen standings - the last automatic promotion spot - a stretch of 13 games.

The home team's biggest rival for second place is its opponent, Sarpsborg. The visitors are only one point behind Mjøndalen, having played a game less. A win for either of these teams would put the other in the driver's seat for second place.

American defender Rhett Bernstein is doubtful for the game, along with Knut Rønningene for Mjøndalen. Sarpsborg is not reporting any injuries at this time.

Ullensaker/Kisa IL - Ranheim IL

Riding a three-game losing streak, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa face a tough task to end it against Ranheim.

Ullensaker/Kisa cannot blame its recent struggles on defense, as the offense has experienced a power outage as of late. The team has scored a measly one goal in the last three games and lost two games 1-0.

Ranheim ended its own struggles last week with a 2-1 win against Alta. That win couldn't have come at a better time, with Ranheim in the thick of the promotion playoff race, and the team needs another three points to keep pace.

Neither team is reporting any injuries at this time.

Ham Kam - Bærum SK

Sebastian Troupe and Bærum continue their march into the Norwegian third division against Ham Kam Sunday.

With only seven games left, Bærum needs a miracle to stay up in the Adeccoligaen. The team has recorded a whooping 15 points thus far and sits 10 points and a -9 goal differential out of safety, and although the team took a huge leap forward during a two-game winning streak earlier this month, a loss to Mjøndalen last week brought the team back to earth.

Ham Kam also needs the points, as it has an outside chance of entering the promotion race. Ham Kam sit in eighth place with 34 points, but having picked up only one point in the last two games, it doesn't look good.

Neither team is reporting any injuries at this time.

Notes

Josh Gatt is questionable for Molde's game against Stabæk Sunday, with Stabæk's Sean Cunningham missing due to a hip injury.

Villyan Bijev should make Start's bench against Bryne Sunday.
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