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DAVID SMITH - Friday, October 26, 2012
Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg will try to get past their Europa League loss when they head to Göteborg while Ryan Miller and Halmstad will prepare for their upcoming promotion playoff.

GAIS Göteborg - Helsingborgs IF

Alejandro Bedoya will be in Helsingborg's starting lineup on Sunday when the team pays a visit to GAIS Göteborg.

Bedoya played the full game at forward for Helsingborg on Thursday night in their encounter against German team Hannover, however both the team and home fans had their hearts broken when what looked to be a draw ended up as a loss thanks to an injury time score by Didier Ya Konan.

The reigning Swedish champions could have some trouble finding motivation through the last three games of the season, knowing that even the unlikely case of a full nine points will likely not be enough to help them qualify for Europe.

Superettan-bound GAIS also have nothing left to play for, as they are rooted at the bottom of the standings and have an insurmountable 16-point gap even to the relegation playoff.

For Göteborg, Richard Spong will be out on a red card suspension, but otherwise the team is not missing any players.

Helsingborg are not reporting any absences.

Degerfors IF - Ljungskile SK

Brian Edwards will be in the nets for Degerfors on Sunday when they host Ljungskile in a game crucial to their survival hopes.

Patrick Hopkins has missed the last month for Ljungskile and will likely not be in uniform.

Degerfors are currently one of the two teams sitting within the relegation playoff spots, and with a four-point gap to safety and two games left to make it up, their hopes are hanging by a thread.

Their chance of avoiding the playoff hangs on the combination of Assyriska FF Södertälje dropping points and also their own ability to pick up at least four points themselves while making up the tight goal differential also separating the two teams.

They will like their chances against a Ljungskile team that has gone winless in their last three, most recently falling at home to Hammarby last weekend.

Assyriska FF Södertälje - Halmstads BK

Ryan Miller and Halmstad have little chance of gaining automatic promotion to the Allsvenskan, however they will want to use their visit to Assyriska FF Södertälje on Monday to warm up for their likely playoff just around the corner.

Halmstad are currently in third place, far enough ahead of fourth-place Hammarby and well enough behind IF Brommapojkarna Östers Växjö to all but assure they will face the third-worst team in the top flight in a playoff.

They lost an exciting 3-2 contest against IFK Värnamo last weekend, a game which saw them lose a 2-0 lead in the final six minutes of regulation and injury time, and they will try to wipe the memory of that failure from their memory on Monday.

Assyriska are likely going to be able to avoid the relegation playoff, as they lead 13th-place Degerfors by four points with just two games left, but will come out gunning since a win would completely assure their place for next season.

Notes

Brian Span is still out injured and will miss Djurgarden's visit to Malmö on Friday evening.

Matt Pydrowzski is out for the remainder of the season recovering from a concussion and will not dress for Ängelholm when they host IK Brage on Sunday.

Baggio Husidic will likely be called upon by Hammarby coach Gregg Berhalter when the team hosts Trelleborgs FF on Monday evening.
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