PREVIEW: WEEKEND NORWEIGAN ACTION
The Tippeligaen season starts this weekend with Americans Josh Gatt, Mikkel Diskerud and Steve Clark in action.
Viking Stavanger - Molde FK
Josh Gatt, Sean Cunningham and Molde open their season on the road against Viking on Friday.
Gatt should start for Molde, while Cunningham probably won't dress for the match.
The back-to-back champions look to make Norwegian soccer history this season, as only three teams have ever won three consecutive top flight championships. Last season, Molde started off slow before taking over late in the season.
Viking is hoping to make a run at European competition this year, and a win over the champions is a step in the right direction.
Viking will be without André Danielsen and Yann-Erik de Lanlay due to appendix surgery and a strained muscle. Molde is not reporting any injuries at this time.
Start Kristiansand - Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark will hope to build off a successful 2012 season when Hønefoss travels to promoted side Start on Sunday.
Forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen might make Hønefoss' bench for the match.
Hønefoss started off last season on fire but faded down the stretch. The team went three months without a win and almost dropped into the relegation zone, but thanks to Goalkeeper of the Year award winner Clark, the team managed to survive a Tippeligaen season for the first time.
His team's opponent, Start, will hope it can replicate Hønefoss' success last season. Start ran away with the Adeccoligaen last season to earn promotion into Norway's top division, and many experts expect that the team will manage to survive the season.
Start will be without Glenn Andersen with a biceps injury, while Hønefoss is not reporting any injuries at this time.
Odd Grenland Skien - Rosenborg Trondheim
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg are hoping to make a title run, starting with a match at Odd on Sunday.
Following an unsuccessful loan stint at gent, Diskerud returned to Norway as a Rosenborg player in the summer and played well enough in central midfield for the Norwegian giants that they made it a top priority to re-sign him. He should be a key figure for Rosenborg, which is one of the title favorites for this season.
Odd, meanwhile, does not have such high expectations and will probably spend most of the season trying to keep itself above the relegation zone.
Neither team is reporting injuries at this time.