PREVIEW: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
It will be a battle of yanks in the Eliteserien when Josh Gatt's Molde welcomes in Mikkel Diskerud's Stabaek while dynamic American duo of Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen will be seeking their first 1. Division win of 2011 at Randaberg.
Josh Gatt and Molde will be aiming for their first win in the 2011 Eliteserien when they host Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek on Sunday at Aker Stadion.
Gatt was a second half substitute at forward last week and should expect head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring him off the bench again against Stabaek.
Teammate and fellow American Sean Cunningham will hope to suit up for the home team.
Meanwhile Diskerud will take his usual spot in the Stabaek midfield although it will be interesting to see where he lines up.
The dual citizen has started at both right and left midfielder this season.
Molde have stumbled a bit out of the gate this season with just two points in their first three matches.
Gatt has shown well in his time on the field and should continue to be part of Solskjaer's plans.
Ever since their disastrous season opening loss to Lillestrom, Stabaek have ripped off two impressive wins in a row downing two-time defending champions Rosenborg and last week slipping past Valerenga.
A large part of that has been their solid defense which has given up just one goal in those two wins after allowing seven in week one.
Molde will have a full squad available while Stabaek are still missing starting goalkeeper Jon Knudsen.
Rhett Bernstein will be the next yank to get a look at surprising Hodd as Mjondalen head to Hoddvoll Stadion Ulsteinvik on Sunday in 1. Division action.
After serving a suspension last week for a red card in week one, Bernstein should be back in the starting lineup for Mjondalen.
Compatriot Kyle Helton still appears to be struggling with injuries and will hope to make the gameday roster.
Although it is just two weeks into the season, Hodd have been the surprise of the 1. Division with a win and a draw thus far.
They battled to a draw with Kenneth Di Vita Jensen and Steve Clark's Honefoss last week following their impressive round one win over Bodo/Glimt.
Mjondalen are on the heels of a resounding 5-2 win over Nybergsund however the guests will probably want Bernstein and company to shore up a defense that has given up four goals in two matches.
Helton appears to be the only omission for Mjondalen while Hodd are not reporting any injuries.
It is a battle of Hams' on Sunday at Varden Amfi in Bergen as Jonathan Borrajo and HamKam pay a visit to Lov-Ham.
Borrajo should start at right back for the visitors despite his own-goal last weekend which proved costly in their 0-1 loss to Ranheim.
Apart from the own-goal, Borrajo has played well for the newly-promoted club and will look to have a good performance on Sunday.
Lov-Ham are still looking for their first goal and need to start putting together some wins should they want to repeat their playoff appearance from last year.
Neither club is reporting any injuries.
Steve Clark would like nothing better than a win to help celebrate his 25th birthday as Honefoss travel to Randaberg on Sunday.
Clark will start in net for the visitors and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen is expected to start up front at forward for Honefoss.
Although they are still viewed as a promotion contender, Honefoss have come out of the gates a bit slowly with two draws in their first two matches.
Clark, who turned 25 on Thursday, has been a steady hand in between the pipes for Honefoss and should not be tested too much by Randaberg.
On the other hand, Di Vita Jensen has looked tentative in his time on the field and several poor plays in last week's draw with Hodd earned Di Vita Jensen a place on the bench in the 70th minute.
The hosts are newly promoted and are coming off a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of Bryne so Di Vita Jensen and company should be able to muster up some goal-scoring opportunities.
Both coaches will have full squads.
Joseph Bendik will likely be the backup goalkeeper for Sogndal when they host Tromso on Sunday.
Colin Burns will be on the bench as the reserve keeper for Sandefjord when they host Alta.