PREVIEW: MIDWEEK NORWEGIAN ACTION
The fourth round of the Norwegian Cup takes center stage with Start facing Fredrikstad while Kenneth Di Vita Jensen and Steve Clark hope to see some playing time when Honefoss visit Odd.
Fredrikstad - Start
Start's American duo of Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson will make the four bus trip from Kristiansand to take on 1. Division Fredrikstad at Nye Fredrikstad Stadion with a spot in the Norwegian Cup quarterfinals on the line.
After being suspended for their Sunday Eliteserien match versus Haugesund, Freeman will return to the fold and assuredly start at right back.
Goodson will line up in center back in his second match since returning from the World Cup with the US national team.
Start are coming off a disappointing road loss to Haugesund that saw the newly-promoted club double up Knut Torum's squad who have fallen to 11th in the league standings.
Fredrikstad were unceremoniously relegated last year and are trying to fight their way back up the 1. Division stands currently sitting sixth.
While it has been a battle for the hosts in league play, there has been plenty of success in the Cup competition including a resounding 2-5 victory at Strømmen in the previous round.
Start will be without Branislav Miličević while Fredrikstad will have a full squad.
Odd - Honefoss
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen will hope to make an impact off the bench for Honefoss who pay a visit to fellow Eliteserien club Odd for a spot in the final eight of the Norwegian Cup.
Goalkeeper Steve Clark will likely watch this one from the bench as the reserve goalkeeper.
Honefoss' road to this round of the competition has been paved with adversity as the ckub needed wins in penalty kick to survive the past two rounds.
While those victories came against lower division competition, Wednesday's contest at Skagerak Arena will pit the eighth place team in the Eliteserien in Odd versus the 14th place visitors.
Di Vita Jensen is still searching for his first goal of the season so finding the back of the net might go a long ways towards impressing new head coach Reidar Vågnes to give the striker more playing time.
Lars Lafton and David Hanssen will be out for Honefoss while Odd are not reporting any major injuries.