PREVIEW: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Following an Eliteserien break Norway resumes play this weekend with Kennith Di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss hosting Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk, while Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson of Start travel to Viking.
Hønefoss - Stabæk
Midfielder Kenneth Di Vita Jensen will likely make his fifth start in as many games Sunday as Hønefoss plays host to Stabæk and fellow Norwegian-American Mikkel Diskerud at AKA Arena.
Both Di Vita Jensen and Diskerud will start in the midfield for their respective teams.
Hønefoss currently sits at 14th in the rankings, four points behind Stabæk whom are in 11th. The pressure will be high for both squads as Hønefoss continues to face the threat of relegation and should Stabæk suffer a loss it will be their fourth consecutive.
The last time these two teams squared off was during Round 6 at Telenor Arena, when Hønefoss pulled off a last minute upset to secure their first season win 1-0.
An interview with Stabæk head coach Jan Jonsson and striker Veiga Pall Gunnarsson on the team website has the pair saying Hønefoss can expect a, "hungry and aggressive Stabæk."
Stabæk appears to have a full squad of players availble while Hønfoss is suffering from a pair of starters with bum ankles; Davy Angan and Lennart Steffensen – both of whom are team leading scorers – are a game time decision.
Viking - Start
Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson travel to Viking Sunday to face the sixth place squad at Viking Stadion.
Freeman and Goodson will start at right and center back respectively as they look for their sixth win over seven games.
Start and Viking stand at a tie with 31 points in the Eliteserien and so a highly contested battle can be expected. But Start may face the bigger challenge as head coach Knut Tørum will change their usual 4-4-1-1 formation to a 4-4-2 due to a slew of offensive injuries.
Leading the yellow and black offensive attack will be Ole Martin Arst and Mads Annual Stokkelien.
Espen Knudsen, Christian Bolaños and Espen Hoff will be out with injury.
Viking appears to have full squad available.
The last time these two teams played was in Round 14 and ended in a 1-1 tie.
Steve Clark of Hønefoss continues to fight for the starting goal keeping position and will watch Sunday's match from the sideline.
Division keeper Joe Bendik will watch from the sideline as league leaders Sogndal play Tromsdalen Sunday. A fourth placed Sarpsborg hosts Løv-Ham Sunday where Colin Burns will watch from the bench as back of goalkeeper.