MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, November 9, 2012
Josh Gatt and Molde look to hold onto the top spot in Norway with two matches to go, while the Adeccoligaen season comes to a close.
Rosenborg Trondheim - Fredrikstad FK
Four points back with two matches left, Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg face a must-win against Fredrikstad Sunday.
Rosenborg rode a 13-match unbeaten streak in the middle of the season to put itself right into the title race, but after back-to-back losses to Molde (first place) and Strømsgodset (second place), Rosenborg has fallen into third place. If Molde gets a win, the team will be eliminated from title contention.
Fredrikstad is also in a tough situation, down two points to Sandnes Ulf for the promotion playoff spot and four points behind Sogndal for safety. It doesn't look good for Fredrikstad, however, losing four matches in the last the five.
Fredrikstad will be without Mads Hansen, while Rosenborg is not reporting any injuries.
Molde FK - Hønefoss BK
Josh Gatt and Molde hold their title destiny in their own hands, but Steve Clark and Hønefoss stand in their way Sunday.
Gatt and Molde made it through the toughest three-match stretch of the season - against the current second, third and fourth place teams in the Tippeligaen - with five points and a one-point lead over Strømsgodset. Two wins from the last two matches will give Molde back-to-back titles.
Clark and Hønefoss also could use a result here. Although it would take a total collapse from Hønefoss and a perfect finish from Sandnes Ulf, Hønefoss still could end up in the promotion playoff spot.
Defender Even Hovland is out Molde, while Hønefoss isn't reporting any injuries at this time.
Mjøndalen IF - Hamarkameratene
Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen look to end the regular season on a high note against Hamarkameratene Sunday.
With a home match in the first round of the promotion playoffs already secured, Mjøndalen doesn't have much to play for going into Sunday's match. There's still a chance that the team could jump into third place, but with Sandefjord having a two-point advantage, Mjøndalen needs a little help.
Hamarkameratene really doesn't have much to play for either. The team is sitting comfortably in eighth place with 43 points.
Vamouti Diomande is questionable for Mjøndalen, while goalkeeper Gary Hogan and midfielder Emil Dahle are probably out for Hamarkameratene.
Sandefjord Fotball - Bӕrum SK
Sebastian Troupe and Bӕrum will try to enjoy their last match in the Adeccoligaen against promotion-chasing Sandefjord.
Troupe and Bӕrum spent most of the season at the bottom of the Adeccoligaen standings, only recently rising to 14th place. The team was eliminated with three matches left in the season, and without the pressure, the team has rattled off two ties.
Still, it will be tough for Bӕrum to win its Adeccoligaen finale, going against third place Sandefjord. The home side has clinched a home match in the first round of the promotion playoffs, and with a point, will shore up third place in the Norwegian second division.
Goalkeeper Magnus Hjulstad will miss for Bӕrum, while midfielder Marius Lundemo is uncertain. Sandefjord is not reporting any injuries.
Ullensaker/Kisa IL - Bryne FK
Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa look to lock up postseason play with a win over Bryne Sunday.
Going into the league's final weekend, Ullensaker/Kisa holds the final promotion playoff spot by one point over Ranheim. Ullensaker/Kisa still controls its own destiny, but following last week's 2-1 loss to Hamarkameratene, the margin of error is small.
Bryne also has a lot riding on this game. Bryne sits one point above the relegation zone, and with the team having the same goal differential as Strømmen (-13), anything less than a win will leave Bryne hoping that Ranheim took care of business against Strømmen.
Neither team is reporting any significant injuries at this time.
Forward Chad Barrett will start on Vålerenga's bench against Lillestrøm Sunday.
Brendan King will hope to feature for Alta against Tromsdalen Sunday.
Villyen Bijev will hope to feature for Start against Notodden Sunday.