PREVIEW: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
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MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, November 2, 2012
It could be a title-deciding weekend in Norway, as Josh Gatt and Molde take on Tromsø and Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg face Strømsgodset.

Tromsø IL - Molde FK

Josh Gatt and Molde finish off a daunting three-week stretch by taking on fourth place Tromsø Saturday.

With five matches to go, Molde sat in first place in the Tippeligaen, but the defending Norwegian champions still had to face the second, third and fourth place teams in the league.

After tying Strømsgodset and beating Rosenborg, Molde has managed to stretch its lead to three points with three matches to go.

Although Tromsø is almost out of the title race, a win could put the home team right back into the thick of a European place. With a match in hand, Tromsø sits seven points behind Rosenborg and Strømsgodset.

Molde will be without Magne Hoseth, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Tromsø could be without Aleksandar Prijovic and Ruben Kristiansen with a cold and a knee injury, respectively.

Strømsgodset IF Drammen - Rosenborg Trondheim

Things aren't getting any easier for Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg in the final stretch, as they travel to Strømsgodset Sunday.

Last week, Rosenborg's title hopes took a dent with a 2-0 loss to Molde on the road, but the team is down only three points and owns a better goal differential than its title rivals. Still, Rosenborg is no longer in control of its own destiny.

Following a tie against Molde two weeks ago and a win last week against Haugesund, Strømsgodset has put itself back into the title race, tied on points with Rosenborg. Both teams have something on the line in this match.

Neither team is reporting any injuries at this time.

Hønefoss BK - Sandnes Ulf

Steve Clark and Hønefoss hope to end a 10-match winless streak against Sandnes Ulf Sunday.

Hønefoss is in a current free fall in the standings, dropping all the way to 12th place. Clark and Co. don't need to worry about relegation at the moment, but after sitting in fourth place before the winless streak, its current position must be seen as disappointing.

Sandnes Ulf needs this win like Hønefoss, although for a different reason. The away team is in the promotion playoff spot going into the weekend with a one-point cushion over Fredrikstad and three points behind Sogndal for absolute safety.

Sandnes Ulf will be without starting goalkeeper Bo Andersen, while Hønefoss is not reporting any injuries.

Hamarkameratene - Ullensaker/Kisa IL

Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa look to cement their position in the promotion playoff with a win over Hamarkameratene Sunday.

Ullensaker/Kisa has strung together three wins in a row, and because of this, the team now sits in the final promotion playoff place. This winning streak hasn't resulted in quality wins, though, with three wins coming against teams that are facing relegation.

Hamarkameratene is the highest-placed team that Ullensaker/Kisa has faced since September 30, when they beat seventh-place Ranheim. The home team sits in eighth place and is only four points behind Ullensaker/Kisa.

Defender Tom Kristoffersen could miss for Ullensaker/Kisa, while Hamarkameratene could be without goalkeeper Gary Hogan, midfielder Kristoffer Hagen and forward Anders Nedrebø.

Bryne FK - Mjøndalen IF

With a spot in the promotion playoff locked up, Rhett Bernstein, Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen take on Bryne Sunday.

At one point in the driver's seat for automatic promotion, Mjøndalen dropped three consecutive matches to fall back into the playoff, but the team turned it around in the past week, winning two matches in a row.

With two games remaining and nine points ahead of seventh place, Mjøndalen has already qualified for the playoffs.

Bryne does have a lot to play for, though, as it sits at the opposite end of the standings. The home team is only three points in safety and will look for any result to ensure another season in the Adeccoligaen.

Mjøndalen will likely be without defender Knut Rønningene, and Bryne will be without Håkon Håve Stenersen.

Bӕrum SK - Ranheim IL

With only two matches remaining in the season, Sebastian Troupe and Bӕrum look to finish off their Adeccoligaen run on a high note, starting with Ranheim on Sunday.

Two weeks ago, Bӕrum's relegation fate was sealed, although the team has known for a long time that it was more than likely possible. Bӕrum's coach mentioned in August that his team was looking just to enjoy the rest of its time in the Norwegian second tier.

Ranheim, though, is playing for a chance at promotion and will hope that Bӕrum will be a doormat as it has been for most of the season.

Neither team is reporting any injuries at this time.

Notes

American forward Chad Barrett will hope to feature for Vålerenga against Sogndal Monday.

Villyen Bijev will hope to make Start's bench against Kongsvinger Sunday.

Brendan King could feature for Alta against Strømmen Sunday.
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