PREVIEW: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Ryan Miller and Halmstad look to pad their cushion from the bottom of the Allsvenskan when they host Brommapojkarna on Saturday while Ljungskile's duo of Nick Noble and Michael Thomas visit Jönköpings Södra.
Halmstad – Brommapojkarna
Halmstad will take on a desperate Brommapojkarna when the two teams clash on Sunday at Örjans Vall in Halmstad.
Ryan Miller is almost certain to get another starting nod in defense for the hosts who can take a big step towards safety with a win.
Currently 12th with 29 points, Halmstad are four points in front of the relegation playoff spot and with number of matches left in the Allsvenskan season slowly dwindling, three points for Miller and company could be decisive.
This past Monday's victory over Gelfle came at a very good time for Halmstad who had gone winless in their three previous matches.
Sunday's visitors are 15th with 24 points and are currently destined for relegation, however with a win they would leapfrog back into the safety zone.
Halmstad have a full squad for the contest while Brommapojkarna will be missing Pablo Pinones-Arce and Andreas Eriksson.
Jönköpings Södra – Ljungskile
Ljungskile's Nick Noble and Michael Thomas hit the road on Monday when they travel to Jönköpings Södra in Superettan action.
Noble will assuredly start in goal for the visitors while his compatriot Thomas will likely start in the Ljungskile midfield at Stadsparksvallen Stadium in Jönköping.
The feeling surrounding the western Swedish club right now is one of ‘too little, too late' as the squad finally shook off a dreadful summer slump and have rallied to claim 10 points out of their last five matches.
Noble has been superb in that stretch with two shutouts while Thomas has helped spearhead an attack that has amassed 12 goals in that span.
The hosts sit in 13th with 33 points and are starved for victory. A point could see them break free of the dreaded relegation playoff zone.
Ironically, Jönköpings are undefeated in their last nine matches but seven of those have resulted in draws.
Both teams appear to have full squads.
Alejandro Bedoya will not be able to take the field at the sight of last year's two goal effort versus Hacken due to the two yellow cards he picked up in Tuesday's victory over Kalmar