PREVIEW: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Ryan Miller and Halmstad punch the clock again on Monday in an Allsvenskan contest against Gelfle while Ljungskile's American pairing of Nick Noble and Michael Thomas face Charlie Davies' old club in the Superettan.
Gefle – Halmstad
A trip to Strömvallen Stadium in Gävle is on the docket for Ryan Miller and Halmstad as they look to steadily climb their way towards the middle of the Allsvenskan standings.
Miller will likely take his normal starting position in defense for the visitors who will play their third match in the span of eight days on Monday.
They will be facing an equally desperate Gefle who sit three points behind Halmstad, but are 15th and in the relegation zone.
A defeat would draw Miller and company back into the relegation race, a fate they would clearly like to avoid.
Fortuntely for the visitors, a full squad is available while Gefle will be missing Omar Jawo, Sebastian Senatore, Öyvind Gram, Jonathan Hellström, Daniel Leino, and Niklas Erhard-Olsson due to injury.
Ljungskile – Hammarby
Ljungskile's Nick Noble and Michael Thomas welcome in Charlie Davies' old club of Hammarby in Sunday Superettan action at Starke Arvid Arena in Ljungskile.
Noble has been excellent of late with shutouts in his last two matches, evoking images of his stellar work at the start of the season when it seemed no one could score on the former Chicago Fire netminder.
Thomas has been no slouch himself factoring greatly in Ljungskile's stretch run after having been released earlier this season by Allsvenska club Halmstad.
Thomas has three goals on the season and is expected to start again in the Ljungskile midfield on Sunday.
It has been a precipitous fall for Hammarby who are unaccustomed to playing in Sweden's second level.
While Davies was at the club they were a stalwart in the Allsvenskan but once the former Boston College man departed for French club Sochaux, Hammarby's 2009 season spiraled downward even further which resulted in relegation.
This season the club currently sits in sixth position and are seven points off of the promotion playoff position.
Their performance to date apparently did not sit well with a few supporters of the Bajen who anonymously threatened head coach Michael Borgqvist which ultimately led to Borgqvist's resignation.
Rogen Franzen steps in as the new coach and will try to reign in the chaos surrounding the club with positive results on the field.
He will have to do it this week without Robin Wikman who is injured.
Ljungskile have a full squad.