PREVIEW: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
This week in the Eliteserien Start's American duo of Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson host Strømsgodset, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss travels to Mølde while Stabæk's Mikkel Diskerud host ODD Grenland.
Start - Strømsgodset
American defensemen Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson play host to the Eliteserien's fourth placed Strømsgodset at Sør Arena on Sunday.
Freeman will stat at right back while Goodson will be in the center.
The hosts who have lost two consecutive league matches will be anxious to secure a win at home. They will however have to do so without a few offensive players.
Midfielder Espen Børufsen who injured his left leg in training earlier this week is a game time decision while striker Bernt Hulsker will not dress.
Hulsker has been suspended for three games as a result of his behavior at a bar this past weekend which the club determined unacceptable.
The club also noted Hulsker's contract will not be renewed at the end of this season.
Head Strømsgodset coach Ronny Deila appears to have a full squad available for Sunday.
The last time these teams matched up was in the seventh round of play earlier this season when Strømsgodset defeated Start 3-1.
Stabæk - ODD Grenland
Midfielder Mikkel Diskesrud and an 11th placed Stabæk host ODD Grenland at Telenor Arena Sunday.
Diskerud will start at left midfield for the Jan Jonsson's team that has battled injury and slipped through the rankings this season.
Fellow dual citizen Erik Benjaminsen will hope to make the gameday roster.
Coming off a loss last weekend to Eliteserien powerhouse Vålerenga, Jonsson's team will be eager to secure a home win and more points before the close of the season.
Stabæk fans should anticipate seeing Johan Andersson on the field Sunday. The midfielder is expected to make his return during the ODD match up after missing the majority of the season with a calf injury.
Visiting head coach Dag Eilev Fagermo noted Stabæk has given away seven points in as many home matches and is therefore confident in his team's ability to win.
Fagermo was also inspired by a successful week of practice and will have a full squad ready for the match.
The last time these two teams played Stabæk defeted ODD 3-2 in the 2010 season opener.
Mjøndalen - Ranheim
Norway's newest yank, Graham Dugoni, faces a tough match up with 1. Division Ranheim as Mjøndalen fights to distance themselves from the relegation zone Sunday at Nedre Eiker Stadion.
Dugoni, who made his season with Mjøndalen last weekend in their 0-3 loss to Sogndal will likely start at right back.
At opposite ends of the 1. Division league spectrum, Mjøndalen sits at 14th and Ranheim at fourth. With only eight games remaining this season Dugoni and company need to secure points to avoid relegation to Norway's 2. Division.
That could be a tall order against a Ranheim squad that has won 20 games this season and lost only six.
Both teams appear to be without injury. The last time these two met Ranheim defeated Mjøndalen 2-1 in the ninth round of play.
Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen will likely both watch from the bench as Hønefoss faces Mølde at Aker Stadion Sunday in a battle to stay out of the relegation zone.
Collin Burns and Joseph Bendik will watch as reserve keepers for their respective 1. Division teams; Sarpsborg and Sogndal as they face Strømmen and Nill-Trysil, Sunday.